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Global economic governance

Are the plans of growth oft he G20 compatible with the sustainable development goals and emission reduction? This Dossier contains information and analysis about global economic governance and investment politics.

No Blank Check for Development Banks

The infrastructure projects needed to forestall catastrophic climate change are rarely attractive investments for the private sector or even most governments. That means development banks have a crucial role to play.

By Jörg Haas, Kevin P. Gallagher

Private-sector billionaires setting global agenda

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other super-rich donors are channelling billions of dollars into international development cooperation. Their financial stakes give them a great deal of influence – without democratic legitimacy.

By Barbara Unmüßig

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Analysis

Viktor Orbán, facing an upcoming general election, may generate domestic political capital if the German government becomes more decisive in demanding that EU member states comply with the European Union’s migration-related regulations. 

By Edit Zgut

ICAN's mission: Achieving a prohibition on nuclear weapons

Background

ICAN, the partner organization of the Heinrich Böll Foundation which won the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, was initiated in Melbourne and launched internationally in Vienna in April 2007. Since ICAN’s founding, it has worked to build a powerful global groundswell of public support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

By Beatrice Fihn

G20 Country Perspectives

Our G20 Country Perspectives analyze domestic policies of individual G20 countries and give insight into national growth plans, emission reduction targets (NDC) and selected goals of the Agenda 2030 (SDGs). Guiding the analyzes is the question of whether and how these targets are implemented coherently.

G20 and Growth

Apart from the G20’s apparent lack of effective strategy and implementation of its own pledges, its growth vision lacks full coherence with sustainable development. Instead of wishfully hoping to retrace an economic growth trajectory of the past, the G20 should advance coherent sustainable development.

By Motoko Aizawa

G20 and Investment

The G20 is promoting a new investment paradigm for itself and inviting the world to follow suit. What are the stated G20 goals and commitments in relation to this topic? What does “investment” mean? What is the progress so far and what are the challenges in relation to this topic? What is the desired future direction of the G20 with respect to the topic?

By Motoko Aizawa

G20 in Hamburg: Setting directions towards a democratic multilateralism

The G20 Hamburg Summit in July 2017 will be about nothing less than how globalization should be governed in the future. The G20 countries will have to respond to the key question of our times: How should a globalized world economy be coordinated for the benefit of all humanity against the backdrop of economic uncertainty, higher levels of inequality, climate change, refugees and migration?

By Dr. Heike Löschmann

G20 and Trade

Trade has contributed to inequalities in many countries. Therefore the G20 should ensure that its trade agenda does not conflict with that of the WTO or the United Nations. Many processes need to be revised to reduce so inequalities can be reduced.

By Motoko Aizawa

The Solar System of G20: Engagement Groups

Seven “Engagement Groups” circle around the G20 and attempt to influence its decisions. However, their relative power to influence outcomes differs greatly.

By Nancy Alexander, Dr. Heike Löschmann

Commitments on Global Health

The Ebola crisis prooved, that the G20 aims to ensure infectious agents to not cross borders rather than acting in disease prevention. This is why there is a serious concern that public health needs of poorer countries will be ignored.

By Marwin Meier, Birthe Redepenning

Power and legitimacy of the G20 in a multilateral governance system

The Group of 20 (G20) is a “club” of nations with significant influence. There is a significant democratic deficit in the G20 since its decisions and actions are not governed by international law and it is not accountable to representative bodies.

By Nancy Alexander, Dr. Heike Löschmann, Waleria Schüle

Focus on G20: From Germany to Argentina

After Germany, the G20 presidency has now moved on to Argentina. Find everything you need to know about the G20: Infographics, in-depth analyses and facts about the Group of 20.

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