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G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meet in Sydney, Australia, in February 2014 (AP Photo/Jason Reed).

CIGI conducts an active program of research, policy analysis, conferences and workshops on the challenges and issues facing the G20. As the G20 bills itself as the world’s premier economic forum, leadership of this CIGI working group is anchored in the CIGI Global Economy program.  CIGI’s G20 research cuts across several program themes, due to the wide scope of the G20 itself. CIGI convened its first G20-focused group in December 2009, when it helped lay the groundwork for the forum to expand from national finance ministers to leaders. Since then, CIGI has proactively engaged with the G20 rotating chairs with the aim to influence their summit agendas through the provision of high-level, policy-relevant advice. Moreover, in 2011, it helped lead the formation of the Think 20 (T20), which first convened in advance of the 2012 G20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, to help generate independent analyses and policy ideas for the leaders’ group.

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G20 final communiqué reveals robust commitments to boost world growth, but weak accountability measures that threaten to haunt its relevancy: CIGI experts

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
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Waterloo, Canada — The final communiqué from the 2014 G20 Summit contains concrete ideas for advancing global economic policy, but the challenges of effective reporting, monitoring and ongoing communication lay ahead, according to new reports from The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

The Battle of the Banks

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
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There are many takeaways from the 2014 G20 summit meetings in Brisbane, Australia, but one that stands out is the battle for creating, funding and maintaining development banks that can undertake large infrastructure financing. One of the pillars of the Brisbane pact on growth and development is the G20 leaders’ nod to the importance of infrastructure and investment as the key means of attaining both the promised two percent additional GDP growth across the globe, and the goal of creating quality jobs for youth, women and the disadvantaged.

If Fully Implemented...

Monday, 17 November 2014
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The ninth summit meeting of leaders of the G20 has now concluded in Brisbane, Australia. Many observers saw this meeting as a critical test of whether the G20 could continue to show leadership of the global economy. Following the G20’s recognized success at its first two meetings in halting the slide of the world economy into an even more serious crisis, many commentators have observed that more recently, the G20 appeared to have lost its way.

G20 Summit Brisbane 2014: Was it all worth it?

Monday, 17 November 2014
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CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani comments on the G20 at a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit, as covered by news.com.au.

Abbott hits his mark with G20

Sunday, 16 November 2014
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CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani comments on the G20 from the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit, in Brisbane, Australia, as covered by the Australian Associated Press.

G-20 leaders agree on $2 trillion boost to growth

Sunday, 16 November 2014
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Kristen Gelineau
CIGI Distinguished Fellow Thomas A. Bernes discusses the G20 Leaders Summit, at a press conference in Brisbane, Australia, as covered by the Associated Press.

New G20 growth policies unlikely

Sunday, 16 November 2014
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CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani discusses the "recycling of old ideas and initiatives" at a press conference on the sidelines of G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane, Australia, as covered by the Australian Associated Press.

AIIB demonstrates China's bid for global infrastructure investment: expert

Sunday, 16 November 2014
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CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani comments on infrastructure investment, from a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit, in Brisbane.

G20 tax avoidance pledge 'still leaves poor countries vulnerable'

Sunday, 16 November 2014
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Joshua Robertson
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani comments on the likelihood of an equitable tax system coming to fruition, in this article from The Guardian.

G20 Communiqué Reaction: Litmus Test is in Implementation

Sunday, 16 November 2014
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“If fully implemented” – these are key words in the G20 leaders’ final statement on plans for economic growth. CIGI’s Tom Bernes explains.