G20 outreach and non-G20 member views on the G20

International relations

This paper addresses the issue of G20 outreach and presents a collection of perspectives from non-G20 member countries on the role and performance of the G20. The contributors have been asked to identify where the G20 process can add value and how it can be improved.

Authored by Mike Callaghan AM, Daniela Strube, Susan Harris Rimmer, Emmanuel Nnadozie, Azamat Abdymomunov, Gary Hawke, Ron Duncan and Raymond Saner.

Key findings:

  • The G20’s work has myriad implications for non-member countries. The G20 process needs to reflect this in a meaningful way.
  • The first step for the G20 to assuming its broader, global responsibility is to push ahead with its efforts to promote growth in the G20 economies, since other countries will also significantly benefit from a stronger, more sustainable and more balanced recovery in the world’s biggest economies.
  • The G20 can do a lot to address non-member countries’ concerns without losing its focus and core agenda. Promoting reform in international organisations and facilitating productive cooperation with non-members and invited guests are two key areas.
  • Now that the G20 approaches its six anniversary, the effectiveness of its outreach process warrants a constructive and outcome-oriented debate. Outreach is of critical importance to the G20’s long-term success. In addition to enhancing its outreach efforts, the G20’s accountability and outcome focus need to be strengthened in order to manifest its position as the world’s ‘premier forum for international cooperation’.
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