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Outreach Strategy of the Russian G20 Presidency



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Non-G20 Countries and International Organizations

Outreach Groups

- Think 20

- Business 20

- Labour 20

- Civil 20

- Youth 20

Annex. Calendar of major G20 outreach events



Following the G20 Leaders' commitment to "pursue consistent and effective engagement with non-members, regional and international organizations, including the United Nations, and other actors, including civil society", and based on the results of outreach activities undertaken by previous presidencies the Russian Presidency of the G20 will promote an extensive outreach dialogue to enhance legitimacy and efficiency of the G20 process.

In this regard the Russian Presidency will reach out to different partners including non-G20 countries and their regional associations, international organizations, private sector, labour unions, youth, think thanks and academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and other actors of civil society.

The Russian Presidency's Outreach Strategy is aimed at ensuring that G20 decisions carry the consent of and have the desired impact on all sectors of society. Therefore, the core principle of the Russian Presidency's Outreach Strategy is to allow that proposals from all the mentioned groups are carefully studied, discussed and transmitted to the G20 decision-making level.

Based on this approach the Russian Presidency will strive to organize dialogue with outreach partners and groups in a way that leads to formulating concrete proposals to the G20. To make sure that these proposals are properly considered, the Russian Presidency will manage the outreach activities in the way that gives enough time for discussing the contributions from different outreach groups, including at the G20 Sherpas meetings.

In addition to the Russian Presidency, the Troika (previous, current, and future presidencies) and all the G20 members can engage consistently and effectively with non-members and other relevant organisations and groups, in particular within their own regions.

Recognizing the key roles of the Troika in ensuring continuity between presidencies, participating in outreach activities, and supporting the Presidency in preparing agenda items, Australia will be asked to assist with the program of outreach in the Asia-Pacific, and Mexico in the Americas.

The annexed Calendar of events is not exhaustive and will be modified throughout the year. The Russian Presidency would welcome and support efforts of the G20 members, non-G20 countries and international organisations in holding other outreach activities in 2013.

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Non-G20 Countries and International Organizations

Building upon the G20 principles and precedents the Russian Presidency has decided to invite the following non-member countries and international organizations to take part in the G20 St.Petersburg Summit.

Non-member countries: Spain (permanent invitee), Ethiopia (the Chair of the African Union in 2013), Senegal (the Chair of the New Partnership for Africa's Development - NEPAD in 2013), Kazakhstan (Member of the EurAsEC Custom Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)), Brunei Darussalam (the Chair of ASEAN in 2013), and Singapore (the Chair of the IMF International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Chair of Global Governance Group (3G)).

International organizations: the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In addition, the Russian Presidency is committed to engage more countries in the working process including through their participation in selected working groups, workshops, conferences and outreach events.

As regards international organizations, the Russian Presidency has invited institutions that historically have been making valuable inputs to the G20 discussions and have necessary expertise relevant to the Russian Presidency's agenda.

Through the process of the working groups additional international organizations and agencies will be consulted to provide their expertise on issues thus enriching decision-making process.

Special focus will be put on engaging the United Nations as it represents the countries which otherwise cannot be involved in the G20 process. Moreover, G20 can play a supportive role to the work of the UN, and the G20's discussions and decisions could be enhanced by drawing on the UN system's expertise.

To make use of existing processes for feeding in and highlighting the G20 agenda, the Russian Presidency will consult with the UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, UN secretariats, agencies and commissions in New York and Geneva, other specialized organizations and regional intergovernmental organizations, including the Commonwealth and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, as set out in the Calendar of major G20 outreach events (Annex).

To manage the engagement between the G20, non-members, international organizations and others in a more consistent and effective way the Russian Presidency has appointed special envoys from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to facilitate this throughout the year.

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Outreach Groups

The Russian Presidency's Outreach Strategy was developed with an objective to accumulate cross-fora synergy between different outreach groups, namely Think 20, Business 20, Labour 20, Civil 20 and Youth 20.

Proposed approach of mixing formats will allow achieving synergetic effect in their recommendations to the G20 Leaders, feeding the discussions of the G20 policy-makers and enriching the St.Petersburg G20 Summits' documents.

Holding final outreach events in advance before the G20 Leaders' Summit ensures that findings and recommendations of the outreach groups will be considered and discussed by the G20 Sherpas and then taken into account or incorporated in the G20 Leaders' Declaration.

Added value will be gained from holding the G20 outreach meetings under the auspices of the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

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Think 20 (T20)

The Russian Presidency acknowledges think tanks as actors that have high-level expertise and forward-looking thinking and can contribute significantly to the G20 discussions on key challenges faced by the world economy, providing valuable inputs in inclusive and transparent manner.

Following the initiative of the Mexican Presidency, the Russian Federation has organized the second Think 20 meeting on December 11th, 2012, considering it a key episode in a series of inaugural events of the G20 Presidency. The aim of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the world's leading think tanks to develop specific and practical recommendations for the G20 at the earliest stage of the Russian Presidency.

The Think 20 Meeting was organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in cooperation with COMEXI (Mexico) and Lowy Institute for International Policy (Australia).

The main goals of the Think 20 meeting were:

- Transparent, comprehensive view on current world challenges;
- Providing innovative and competing ideas for enhancing inclusive economic growth;
- Promoting cooperation with governments in terms of monitoring current economic environment and compliance of the G20 governments with their previous commitments.

The main topic of the Meeting was "Fostering economic growth and sustainability" with the agenda covering the following issues:

- Reinvigorating economic growth: macroeconomic issues and fiscal sustainability;
- Trade & FDI: tools to restore growth and pave the path towards convergence;
- Enhancing sustainable development: finding enduring sources of shared global growth.

The main outcomes of the Meeting were delivered to the G20 Sherpas on December 12th, 2012, and participants of the Conference on the Russian Presidency's priorities and program on December 13th, 2012, in the form of practical recommendations that think tanks provided on the issues of enhancing inclusive economic growth and improving global governance and the G20 working process, thus contributing to the Russian G20 Presidency.

Outcomes of the Think 20 meeting can be found here: http://en.g20russia.ru/think_20/

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Business 20 (B20)

The fifth B20 Summit will be organized in June, 2013, supporting the well-established tradition of developing business community's policy recommendations to the G20 Leaders on issues equally important both for private sector and public authorities.

At a respective national level, the B20 members are the recognized leaders, the most important ones capable of maintaining a permanent dialogue with the relevant authorities and mobilizing the private sector forces to contribute to the success of the G20 efforts.

According to a decision by all partner organizations confirmed by the B20 Coalition, the mandate to chair the B20 International Steering Committee during the term of the Russian Presidency has been awarded to the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP). This decision has been also endorsed by the President of Russia.

The RSPP aims at making the voice of international business to be heard by the G20 when shaping their agenda, at stimulating new global growth through an effective dialogue between the private sector, the G20 leaders and international organizations. Securing proper representation of business community's interests and providing continuity in the B20 recommendations are equally important to the RSPP in its attempt to use all positive B20 experience in the domestic environment as well.

In contributing to the B20 recommendations for the forthcoming 2013 Summit, the RSPP is striving to achieve a right balance between the interests of the political elite, business community, and other outreach groups. The RSPP tries to maximize the impact and efficacy of the B20 efforts through practical, actionable recommendations, establishing continuous monitoring and engagement effort beyond the next G20 - B20 event.

The initial set of proposals for the B20 current agenda was formed by the RSPP in consultation with the representatives of international business community and with due consideration of the priorities for the Russian Presidency. They are being developed by the B20 task forces representing all the stakeholders.

The following B20 task forces have been established to cover the essential areas of the new economic growth:

1. Investments and Infrastructure;
2. Financial System and Growth;
3. Trade as a Growth Driver;
4. Global Priorities for Innovation and Growth;
5. Job Creation, Employment and Investments in Human Capital;
6. Transparency and Anti-Corruption;
7. G20 - B20 Dialogue Efficiency.

Each task force is chaired by a Russian business leader and co-chaired by top representatives from the global business community and heads of international organizations.

As a sign of support to the Young Entrepreneurs Alliance, the RSPP has invited its representatives to participate in the above task forces and agreed to support the Young Entrepreneurs Summit (YES) in Moscow in June 2013.

In order to ensure continuity of the G20 activities, the RSPP has planned a series of regular consultations, on both top and working level, between the B20 member associations from the countries of former, current and future G20 presidency (Troika).

Work program and Timeline



December 12, 2012

First B20 meeting and task forces sessions under the Russian G20 Presidency

January-June, 2013

Task forces' meetings

January 23-27, 2012

World Economic Forum in Davos (presenting the agenda of Russian B20 presidency)

March-October 2013

Regular meetings of Troika to streamline agendas and ensure continuity

June 18-19, 2013

Young Entrepreneurs Summit in Moscow

June 20-21, 2013

B20 Summit as part of the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum (open Task Force meetings and a presentation of a preliminary report with B20 recommendations)

17 July, 2013

Joint meeting of social partners (B20 and L20)

18 July, 2013

G20 Labour Ministers Meeting with social partners

July 2013

B20 Steering Committee meeting for approval and presentation of the final recommendations to the G20 Sherpas

September, 2013

B20 meeting - presentation of the B20 final report and recommendations for G20


All the relevant information on the B20 process under the Russian G20 Presidency can be found here: http://www.b20russia.com/en/

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Labour 20 (L20)

The L20 is the forum for elected representatives of trade unions from the G20 countries, representing the voice of workers. Meeting formally for the first time in Cannes, it is composed of the General Secretaries and Presidents of G20 trade unions, charged with a responsibility to uphold the interests of working people.

During the Mexican Presidency the L20 worked closely with the B20 and drew up a joint statement calling the G20 for action on infrastructure investments, quality apprenticeships and reducing informality.

The Russian Presidency considers the L20 an integral part of its outreach strategy and will provide an opportunity to for the representatives of labour unions from G20 countries to continue regular consultations with the B20 to ensure their contributions being taken into account by the business community and to convey messages from the world of work to the G20 Sherpas, Ministers and Leaders. In this regard the Russian Presidency has proposed to hold a meeting of social partners (B20 and L20) followed by their joint meeting with the G20 Labour Ministers.

L20 agenda is formed by the participants. The priority topics of the L20 in 2013 are the following:

- Jobs for more growth;
- Restoring financial regulation and curbing speculation;
- Social Protection Floors (SPFs) for formalization;
- Development through creation of jobs.

The above topics are of relevance to the world of work and reflect the agenda of the Russian G20 Presidency. Through the number of meetings and other events in the upcoming year the L20 will conduct in-depth analysis of the situation in identified areas and together with other outreach groups, including B20, C20 and Y20, will develop recommendations to be transmitted to the respective G20 working groups, taskforces and ministerial meetings.

Work Program and Timeline



December 11-12, 2012

ILO Decent Work Conference and Launch of L20

March 2013

ITUC/TUAC Working Group on Economic Policy Preparation of L20 statement and consultations with Sherpas

Spring 2013

L20 Consultations with G20 Employment Task Force

May 2013

Adoption of L20 statement at TUAC Plenary Session in cooperation with ITUC

17 July, 2013

Joint meeting of social partners (L20 and B20)

18 July, 2013

G20 Labour Ministers Meeting with social partners

Autumn 2013

Follow-up assessment and preparation for the Australian G20 Presidency


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Civil 20 (C20)

Civil society represented by grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and other actors significantly contributes to transparency, review and evaluation processes as well as to monitoring the outcomes and commitments of the G20. Dialogue with civil society and consideration of their opinions and recommendations is crucial to give the G20 decisions greater legitimacy and ensure that they have the desired impact on all sectors of society. The Russian Federation values the role of civil society in the processes of transparency, analysis and evaluation of public policy.

The involvement of civil society in the G20 process is also important in order to transmit the G20 decisions and commitments made by G20 Leaders and their expected impact on societies and individuals, to the communities around the world.

In 2009 the Russian G20 Sherpa has initiated the process of permanent consultations with NGOs working on the issues related to the G20 agenda, thus giving a start to the Russian G8/G20 NGOs Working Group. The Russian G8/G20 NGO Working Group officially represents Russia in the Global G8/G20 Civil Society Working Group since then.

In order to streamline the process of reaching out to civil society during the Russian Presidency, the Russian G8/20 NGO Working Group in cooperation with the Global G8/G20 Civil Society Working Group will coordinate the preparatory process for the Civil 20 Summit in Russia and engagement of civil society in the G20 work in 2013.

Civil 20 agenda is formed by the participants. It is proposed by the civil society organizations that the work of the Civil 20 during the G20 Russian Presidency will focus on the pertinent topics, which are of relevance to civil society with a view to making substantive contributions to policy formulation based on the civil society assessment of the main agenda and issues of the St.Petersburg Summit.

For each of the topics selected the working group is established:

Group 1 - Food Security;
Group 2 - Anti-corruption;
Group 3 - Post-MDGs;
Group 4 - Financial Inclusion and Financial Education;
Group 5 - Environmental Sustainability and Energy;
Group 6 - Jobs and Employment;
Group 7 - International Financial Architecture.

More working groups may be established on the request of Civil 20 participants.

Expected Outcomes

In 2013 the G20 NGOs plan to produce the following documents for consideration and discussion during the preparatory process to the St.Petersburg G20 Summit.

- Report "Mapping the G20 decisions implementation";
- Civil 20 Dialogues internet based platform http://dialogues.civil20.org;
- Report "Sustained and Balanced Growth Requires Equitable Policies";
- Civil 20 Working Groups' recommendations for the G20 Working Groups.

Work program and Timeline



December 11-13, 2012

The Civil G20 Seminar "G20 Civil Society Vision for the Russian Presidency"

December 12, 2012

Launch of the Report "Mapping G20 decisions implementation"

December 13, 2012

1st Meeting of Civil Troika under the Russian Presidency

February 17-18, 2013

Joint meeting of the Co-Chairs of working groups and drafting committee members

March 1-2, 2013

2nd Meeting of Civil Troika under the Russian Presidency

February-March 2013

Draft recommendations from Global Civil Society presented to G20 Working Groups

April-May 2013

Final Consolidated recommendations from Global Civil Society presented to G20 Working Groups and Sherpas

June 2013

Launch of Thematic report "Sustained and Balanced Growth Requires Equitable Policies"

June 13-14, 2013

Civil 20 Summit in Moscow

June 19-20, 2013

Joint Meeting of C20 representatives with Y20 Russia 2013 in St.Petersburg

October 2013

Summary of Civil 20 outcomes in 2013, recommendations for Civil 20 during Australian Presidency in 2014


All relevant information about civil society engagement under G20 Russian Presidency can be found here: www.civil20.org / www.g20civil.com

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Youth 20 (Y20)

In 2006 the Russian Federation initiated the first Junior 8 Summit, which since then became an official companion conference to the G8 Summits. In 2011 Canada held the first Youth Summit for the national student delegations from the G20 countries. Under the Mexican G20 Presidency in 2012 the format of Y20 was established.

Summit Y20 Russia 2013 along with Business 20, Labour 20, Civil 20 and Think 20 is a part of the outreach dialogue of the Russian Presidency. Y20 Russia 2013 provides for the continuity of young leaders' meetings and ensures that the youth's vision of the most pressing economic issues is presented to the G20 decision-makers.

Goals of Y20 Russia 2013 are:

- Involving world youth in solving the most pressing economic issues;
- Developing positive image of Russia among the youth of the G20 countries;
- Creating and developing young world leaders community (Y20 Community).

Y20 Summit's participants (5 delegates from each G20 and invited country) are to come to a joint position on the issues of the G20 agenda and develop a Communique to be presented to the G20.

Y20 Summit's agenda is formed by the participants. They are to come up with four subtopics in each of the following broad categories:

- International Monetary and Financial System: addressing regulations and reforms;
- Sustainable development: enhancing economic, social and environmental pillars.

Subtopics' selection and the following discussion are carried out via the Y20 Russia 2013 webpage which will be a platform for on-line discussion during the preparatory process and in the aftermath of the Summit. Summit's work process will include panels with experts and group discussions of the Summit's agenda. Group work results will be presented to all the participants who will then vote for the Communique's adoption.

Y20 Russia 2013 will take place on 18-21 June, 2013, in Saint Petersburg. As part of the Y20 Summit cross-sections among different groups of the G20 outreach dialogue will be held, including with participants of the B20 and the C20. Selected delegates of Y20 Russia 2013 will be invited to participate in the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Y20 Russia 2013 is being organised by the Russian Federal Agency for Youth Affairs with the support of Presidential Executive Office, and in conjunction with the International Diplomatic Engagement Association (IDEA) - world's leading organization that engages young people in diplomacy and dialogue. The Russian G20 Presidency welcomes collaboration with IDEA, which has youth-led national groups in every member nation of the G20, and recommends to work with and support the Association and its' national organizations in their recruitment efforts for the Y20 Russia 2013.

All the relevant information on Y20 Russia 2013 can be found here: http://www.y20russia.ru/

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Annex. Calendar of major G20 Outreach Events[1]






Moscow, Russia

Think 20 Meeting


Moscow, Russia

Civil 20 Meeting


Moscow, Russia

Business 20 Meeting


Moscow, Russia

International High-Level Conference on Decent Work (in coop. with ILO)


Moscow, Russia

Conference on the Russian G20 Presidency's Program



Moscow, Russia

Gaidar Forum


Davos, Switzerland

G20 Sessions at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013



Moscow, Russia

The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee’s seminar


Moscow, Russia 

Institute of International Finance Conference (IIF)

MARCH 2013


Panama City, Panama

Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC 2013 (IADB)


Paris, France

Dialogue with Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Commonwealth


Bali, Indonesia

UN SG High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda


Durban, South Africa

Forum BRICS-Africa


Geneva, Switzerland

Dialogue with UN agencies and IOs

APRIL 2013



Boao Forum For Asia (BFA)


New York, USA

High-Level Meeting of the 67th Session of General Assembly of the UN. Thematic debate "The UN and the Global Economic Governance", organized by UNGA President


New York, USA

Meetings with UN agencies, 3G and regional groups


Washington DC, USA

G20 - Commonwealth/Francophonie Dialogue


Washington DC, USA

IIF Roundtable on International capital Markets and Emerging Markets



World Economic Forum, Latin America


Paris, France

3rd Annual High-Level Anti-Corruption Conference for G20 Governments and Business


Bangkok, Thailand

UN Economic and social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)


Cairo, Egypt

League of Arab States


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Council on Cooperation of Arab States of the Gulf[2]

MAY 2013


New Delhi, India

Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting


Cape Town, South Africa

World Economic Forum, Africa


Istanbul, Turkey

22nd Annual Meeting of the EBRD Board of Governors


Astana, Kazakhstan

VI Astana Economic Forum


Sydney, Australia

Regional Think 20 Meeting


London, UK

Commonwealth Board of Governors Meeting


Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia

African Union Summit, Senior Officials Meeting



Outreach meeting


Paris, France

Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level


Langkawi, Malaysia

10th ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials Meeting (ARSOM)

JUNE 2013


Tokyo, Japan

5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)


St.Petersburg, Russia

Russia-EU Summit 2013


Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

World Economic Forum, East Asia


Moscow, Russia

Civil 20 Summit


Moscow, Russia

Young Entrepreneurs Summit


St.Petersburg, Russia

Youth 20 Summit (Y20 Russia 2013)


St.Petersburg, Russia

B20 Summit


St.Petersburg, Russia

St.Petersburg International Economic Forum


Minsk, Belarus

Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Finance Ministers' Meeting

JULY 2013


Moscow, Russia

Meeting of Social Partners (B20 and L20)


Moscow, Russia

G20 Labour Ministers Meeting with Social Partners



St.Petersburg, Russia



New York, USA

High-Level Meeting of the 68th Session of General Assembly of the UN


New York, USA

Meetings with UN regional groups and 3G


New York, USA

CELAC and Ibero-American Meeting under the 68th Session of General Assembly of the UN


Bali, Indonesia

APEC Finance Ministers Meeting


Moscow, Russia

CIS Ambassadors' meeting



Bali, Indonesia

APEC Summit


Brunei Darussalam

ASEAN Summit


Panama City, Panama

XXIII Ibero-American Summit


Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia

African Union Commission


Havana, Cuba

Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)



Colombo, Sri Lanka

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting


Brussels, Belgium

Finance and Macroeconomic Dialogue (Russia-EU)


[1] The list of these events is not exhaustive and will be clarified and updated in accordance with the Event Organizers' and other parties' requests.

Calendar also implies meetings with the UN secretariats, agencies and commissions in New York and Geneva, as well as with other international organizations, which work with G20 on a regular basis, though does not name them.

[2] Dates and month of meetings with LAS and CCASG will be determined by these organisations' secretariats.

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