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

The Group of Twenty (G20) research theme focuses on addressing gaps in global governance; discussing policy issues critical to Canada’s position and role in the global economy; penetrating policy circles internationally; and gaining leverage through strategic partnerships. More broadly, the G20 is a premier forum for Canada to regularly engage with global leaders where it can contribute to its longstanding efforts towards a more equitable governance framework. CIGI’s G20 research cuts across several program themes, due to the wide scope of the G20 itself.

Acknowledged as a central area of CIGI’s expertise, the G20 research stream in its early days is credited for having provided the analytical underpinning for the elevation of the G20 to the leaders’ level. 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. 

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Energy in the G20 Finance Track: G20 Energy Transformation during the German Presidency

Friday, 9 September 2016
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Climate change and the now largely market-driven transformation of the energy sector create financial stress in the fossil fuel and nuclear industries as well as in countries that export fossil commodities or will have obsolete nuclear plants on their territory. The risks are systemic and may lead to contagion or knock-on effects that could destabilize the global financial system. In consequence, energy should no longer be left primarily to the Group of Twenty “Sherpa track,” but should be included prominently in the “finance track” as a matter for finance ministers and central bank governors.

A US$24b summit about a staircase: lessons for Germany and the 2017 G20 leaders

Friday, 9 September 2016
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Tristram Sainsbury
Despite China’s efforts, the 2016 G20 summit will probably be remembered for poor communications and a lack of action.

Despite calls for action, G20 yields little more than talk

Friday, 9 September 2016
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The Hangzhou summit presented G20 leaders with the chance to reassure citizens that they are on top of the world’s pressing challenges, but this was an opportunity they failed to grasp.

Will the G20 Remain Relevant?

Wednesday, 7 September 2016
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The G20 first met at leaders level in 2008 in response to the unfolding global economic crisis. However, the G20 first came into being in 1999 at the level of finance ministers when Canada’s Paul Martin convinced his fellow G7 finance ministers, in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis, that a larger grouping was needed to further global economic leadership and cooperation.

Trudeau setting new terms with China

Tuesday, 6 September 2016
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CIGI Senior Research Associate Benoit Hardy-Chartrand on the G20, China and tensions in the surrounding area.

Hangzhou G20 summit: Big on spectacle, low on substance

Tuesday, 6 September 2016
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Tristram Sainsbury
China’s first G20 Summit was, as promised, a big show. But, right down to the unanticipated delay in releasing a communique for several hours, it will not go down as a smooth one. For many, the event will also cement the G20’s reputation as a modern-day talk shop, and a forum unable to address the challenges posed by rising anti-globalisation sentiment.

How regional tensions stole China’s spotlight at G20

Tuesday, 6 September 2016
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Zhou Xin
China’s bid to show itself as a ­responsible and able global economic leader at the Group of 20 (G20) summit has been overshadowed by awkward bilateral issues, suggesting a bumpy road ahead for Beijing in extending its influence in the world.

China's Leading Role

Tuesday, 6 September 2016
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Through its participation in G20 summits and by playing a significant role in global efforts to fight the global financial crisis in 2008, China has come onto the centre stage of global economic governance, and contributed to improved global macroeconomic policy coordination and global growth in the G20.

Business leaders meeting in China propose global e-commerce platform to benefit smaller firms

Monday, 5 September 2016
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Phoenix Kwong
The business outreach arm of the G20 summit has proposed to world leaders an initiative to create a global e-commerce platform to knock down barriers in online trade amid growing anti-globalisation fervour.

G20: Exclusive interview with Tom Bernes

Monday, 5 September 2016
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During the Hangzhou G20 Summit, our China Daily reporter Liu Zheng talked to Tom Bernes, distinguished fellow and former Executive Director of the CIGI (the center for International Governance Innovation). He shared his opinion on China's role in the global economy.
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