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Speech presented at The New Age Business Briefing, Johannesburg, September 11, 2012 by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa
Great article series from Nancy Alexander (Heinrich Böll Foundation). This article introduces the G20 – its leadership, membership, origin, agenda, and constituency groups.
The G20, the pre-eminent forum for global economic cooperation, has its share of detractors. Australia, as the 2014 host, will be in the thick of this criticism and needs to work out how to respond.
As powerful multilateral bodies emerge on the global stage, in particular the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), civil society (CS) is facing new challenges. What are the implications for civil society?
The case for the significance of G8 as an  international platform for meeting the challenges of global management and pursuing  Russia’s priorities. The author also makes specific recommendations for Russia’s G8  presidency agenda in 2014.
G20’s key problems, highlighting main factors affecting global economy and finance.
Integrated recommendations for all the three platforms, based on the analysis of the significance of key global risks for Russia and comparative evaluation of potentials of the G20, G8, and the BRICS potentials of risk response and management.
Australia will host the 2014 G20 meeting at a time when the usefulness of the G20 will be in question. We don't want this meeting to be a damp squib. How can we give it meaning?
The G20 summit resulted in a clear understanding that European governments must move beyond austerity in an effort to restart global growth, and developments in the eurozone in the days since have been encouraging. Clearly the G20 is an important mechanism to coordinate responses in a crisis, and it is fulfilling that mandate once again.
Two of the world’s preeminent conferences have now come to a close: the G20 Summit and the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The content and outcomes of these meetings signify a continued shift in the international agenda toward green growth and sustainable development; food security has been a high priority as well.
Many environment and development groups have expressed disappointment with the political agreement that emerged from the U.N. conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro last week.
On the eve of the G20 Summit, I've been looking into what nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) want to get out of the G20 Mexico on an issue that is a priority to NGOs as well as the Mexican presidency of the G20 -- "enhancing food security and addressing commodity price volatility," in the words of the Mexican government.
An article by Vladimir Putin, published by the Mexican daily El Universal, covers the global economic issues and new challenges facing the G20.
Leaders of G20, a group consisting of the world's 19 rich and emerging nations and the EU, will meet later this month in Los Cabos, Mexico to discuss issues of common and global interest. This gathering comes on the heels of the G8 meeting held last month at Camp David in Maryland and is widely expected to focus on the brewing economic crisis triggered by the debt problems of the European countries known as PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) and the imminent threat posed by Greece's withdrawal from the Euro zone.
The Line Between Impact and Cliché. How can NGOs refine their messaging?
By Molly Marsh, Managing Editor, and Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Multimedia Manager, Bread for the World
Food security was a focus at the G8 Summit at Camp David this weekend but there are still many unanswered questions, particularly on the extent of civil society involvement in any new public-private partnership.
This Friday, G8 leaders are making a big announcement on food security. We expect the launching of a new initiative.  Past summits haven’t always had development on the agenda, and the US hosts deserve credit for making sure food security is front and center. Now that the G8 is on the trail to food security, how will we know if they get there?
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper considers the progress made on agreements at recent G8 summits and how continued cooperation is crucial to addressing both new and ongoing challenges
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are  injecting new resources, momentum and innovation into efforts to improve health  in the world's poorest countries, according to a report released on the eve of  the 2012 BRICS Summit. Coming as many traditional donors reduce or slow their  spending, the report explores the expanding influence of the BRICS on global  health and development.
To maximize collective efforts to improve the health of women and children it is critical that the G8 prioritize and support MNCH programs and strategies to accelerate progress for women and girls.