Through the C20, civil society organisations from around the world engage with G20 governments on the key issues facing our world today. The C20 steering committee supports civil society to get its messages across more effectively by acting as an interface with G20 decision-makers.

We aim to do this by:

1- Building a common agenda for civil society influencing.

2- Developing joint policy recommendations for the G20.

3- Bringing civil society representatives together with G20 decision-makers to promote these recommendations.

If you’re interested in taking part in this process, please visit the Get Involved section of this website for more information.

Here’s a more detailed outline of how we hope to shape the G20’s agenda in 2015.

The Process

Here’s a more detailed outline of how we hope to shape the G20’s agenda in 2015.

Phase 1: what’s happening now?

Currently, the C20 steering committee is facilitating a consultation process with civil society organisations from around the world. The purpose of this consultation is to agree a joint agenda for civil society work with the G20 in 2015.

We’re asking you to tell us which issues you think are most important by choosing from a list of suggested priorities, or by suggesting additional issues. There are two main ways to participate in phase 1:

1- Use our simple voting tool on the right to tell us which issues are most important to you.

2- Join the conversation on the C20 discussion forum.

The list of suggested priorities is based on an analysis of the G20’s official priorities for 2015, and an analysis of policy developments over the last few years. This has been supplemented by an evaluation of civil society priorities since 2008, as well as the outcomes of the C20 processes in 2013 and 2014. You can read more about how the list was developed in our C20 Background Briefing paper. [insert direct download link] Once the first phase of consultation is completed, the C20 Steering Committee will review all the responses received and use these to determine an agenda for civil society in 2015. We will publish the results of the consultation, along with the joint agenda in early 2015.

Phases 2 and 3: what happens next?

  • Phase 2: Once the agenda is decided, a broader consultation to develop a shared civil society position on each issue will begin. We will publish issue-specific briefing papers, and anyone can get involved in shaping these positions. Although most of this work will take place online, we expect that there will be face to face consultations in some countries. We will also organise a global civil society summit in Turkey to bring representatives from organisations around the world together (more detail coming soon).
  • Phase 3: After civil society has agreed on shared policy positions, the process moves into a period of joint influencing activities. With the support and facilitation of the C20, civil society organisations from different countries will work together to promote our shared policy positions with key G20 decision makers. This will culminate at the G20 Leaders’ Summit, which will take place in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2015.

Find out more

If you’re interested in getting involved in this process, please check out our Get Involved page for more details.

Guiding principles

The following principles have guided the design of this process, and will guide the C20 Steering Committee throughout 2015:

  • Participation: This means we will seek to engage as many people and organisations as possible throughout the process, by making participation as accessible as possible.
  • Inclusiveness: You don’t have to be from a particular organisation or country to take part, and you don’t have to be a policy expert to share your views. Everyone is encouraged to get involved, and we will provide support to participation where we can.
  • Accountability: The C20 works on behalf of civil society from around the world, so we are accountable to our peers and the wider public. We aim to be open and transparent about what we do and how we do it. Through this website, we describe our decision-making processes and share regular public updates.

If you’d like more information or have comments or suggestions on this process, please get in touch.