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Immediate and Emergent Statement: No time to lose: G20 should translate words into actions

29. Juni 2019 - 12:31

Immediate and Emergent Statement: No time to lose: G20 should translate words into actions

Osaka, 29 June 2019

The G20 must take action to address the real challenges ordinary people around the world face. G20 commitments must be translated into concrete, timely and realistic actions. The G20 must be accountable, responsive and resolute in addressing global challenges which requires global solutions. Through its respective working groups, the Civil 20 (C20) issues the following reactions to the Leaders’ Declaration of the 2019 Osaka G20 summit.

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C20 agrees principles for civil society engagement with G20

28. Juni 2019 - 15:00
Osaka, 28 June 2019

The C20 (Civil 20) has agreed a set of principles to guide the official engagement of civil society with the G20. Civil society organisations play an essential role in the G20 process, providing policy expertise, holding governments accountable, and providing balance against the influence of business and political interests. The principles aim to ensure the sustainability and ongoing impact of our engagement with the G20, on behalf of civil society everywhere.

The principles enshrine transparency, collaboration, independence, internationalism, inclusiveness, and respect for human rights and gender equality as central pillars of the engagement group’s practice. They also seek to strengthen continuity and regular scheduling of C20 activities. A minimum structure to be followed by each C20 host has also been defined.

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C20 Principles_final

Press Conferences of C20: Keep the Promises of SDGs and Achieve the World Leaving No One Behind!!

27. Juni 2019 - 4:17

June 27, 2019

For all the journalists in the International Media Center of G20 Osaka Summit 2019

Press Conferences of C20 (Civil Society 20)
For the G20 Leaders’ Summit
Keep the Promises of SDGs and Achieve the World Leaving No One Behind!!

The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of the world will hold press conferences on G20 Osaka Leaders’ Summit, at “International Conference Hall” of Intex Center Building, Intex Osaka, on 28 – 29 June 2019.

C20 Press Conference 1 – Policy Asks from C20 and Osaka Citizens’ Summit

Date/Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am (registration: 9:30-), June 28, 2019
Venue: Intex Osaka International Conference Hall (Intex Center Building 2nd Fl)
10:00 am – Introduction of Policy Asks from C20 Co-Chair Osaka Citizens’ Summit Declaration from Osaka Citizens’ Summit Co-Chair
Questions and Answers
11:00 am – Closure

C20 Press Conference 2 – CSO Evaluation on G20 Leaders’ Declaration

Date/Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm, June 29, 2019 (Tentative) *starts just after the release of the G20 Leaders’ Summit Declaration
Venue: Intex Osaka International Conference Hall (Intex Center Building 2nd Fl)
1:00 pm- General Evaluation of G20 Declaration from the Co-Chair
Evaluation from each thematic working group
Questions and Answers
2:00 pm – Closure

Organized by C20
Supported by G20 Osaka Citizens’ Summit, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation, Japan Civil Society Network for SDGs
Capacity of audiences: 150 (first come first served)

Japan Civil Society Platform for 2019 G20 Summit (Mr. Ryuta Maekawa)

Joint Secretariat, Japan Civil Society Platform for 2019 G20 Summit (Mr. Masaki Inaba, C20 Sherpa)
Phone: +81 90-1264-8110

Send e-mail to the e-mail address above with  your name and company/organization.

Civil Society and Trade Unions urge G20 to protect whistleblowers

24. Juni 2019 - 11:00

Civil Society and Trade Unions urge G20 to protect whistleblowers

Osaka, 24 June 2019

The official G20 engagement groups for Civil Society (Civil20) and Trade Unions (Labour20) today called upon G20 leaders to take action to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

In a joint statement, the two groups urged the G20 to adopt and implement High Level Principles for the protection of whistleblowers “in line with international standards and best practice, that protect whistleblowers in public and private sectors, regardless of their contractual relationship.

“Whistleblowers have helped save countless lives and billions of dollars in public funds, but they often face severe consequences for speaking out. Protecting whistleblowers from retaliation can embolden others to come forward and increase the likelihood that wrongdoing is uncovered and prosecuted,” said Maria Emilia Berazategui, C20 Steering Committee member and International Coordinator of the C20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.

“Those who expose corruption must be protected against violence and threats, unfair treatment, losing their job, and other retaliation. The G20 should lead the international community by adopting high standard rules for the protection of whistleblowers” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

The joint statement notes the advanced provisions contained in the new EU Directive on whistleblower protection and the recent reform to protect whistleblowers in the private sector in Australia.

“While many G20 countries have adopted whistleblowing legislation, these laws often leave significant loopholes and fall short of best practice,” the two engagement groups said in their statement.

Final L20 and C20 Joint statement on whistleblowing

About C20:
Civil 20 (C20) is one of the seven Engagement Groups of the G20, first recognised in 2013. Through C20, more than 400 civil society organisations are represented at the 2019 G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, ensuring that world leaders listen not only to the voices representing the governmental and business sectors, but also to the proposals and demands of civil society as a whole.

About L20:
Labour 20 (L20) represents the interests of workers at the G20 level. It unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Union Federations and is convened by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on +32 2 224 02 53 or by e-mail:

Press contact:
Michael Hornsby, Transparency International
T: +49 30 34 38 20 666

“The Civil 20 Contribution to the Osaka Summit”

23. Juni 2019 - 13:35

Now available! G20 Japan: The 2019 Osaka Summit

Yuka Iwatsuki, Chair of C20 2019, has written a piece of article on the C20’s contribution to the G20 Osaka Summit, for the latest publication by G20 Research Group, “G20 Japan: The 2019 Osaka Summit“, which is available for download at


Printed copies will be available at the International Media Centre in Osaka for the G20 summit.

This issue contains articles written by summit host Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, last year’s host President Mauricio Macri, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President Jair Bolsonaro and President Jean-Claude Juncker, along with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, President Paul Kagame, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Taresident General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Other contributors include the World Bank’s David Malpass, OECD’s Angel Gurría, UNICEF’s Henrietta Fore, the ILO’s Guy Ryder, UNWomen’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Financial Stability Board’s Randal Quarles, along with many more leaders of international organizations and experts whose work contributes to the G20 leaders’ agenda.

More material will be posted on the G20 Information Centre and Global Governance Project websites in the coming days.

For more information or interviews, call Madeline Koch
call +1-416-588-3833 or SMS/Facetime/Whatsapp +1-416-418-9532,
or email

Official G20 Engagement Groups urge G20 to take action on gender equality

5. Juni 2019 - 8:00

Official G20 Engagement Groups urge G20 to take action on gender equality

Tokyo, 5 June 2019

On 5 June 2019, official engagement groups of the Group of 20, Civil20, Labour20, Think20, Women20 and Youth20 issued two statements urging G20 to take action on gender equality.

The statements ask G20 to “put their words into action” on addressing violence and harassment in the world of work and eliminating gaps in labour market participation.

“These joint statements send a clear cross-sector message to G20 that gender equality sits at the heart of sustainable economic development” said Atsuko Miwa, Co-Chair of Civil20, the official civil society strand of G20.

The statements come just weeks before the International Labour Conference in Geneva from 10-21 June and the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka on 28 and 29 June.

“It is critical that countries agree to adopt and ratify the upcoming ILO Convention and Recommendation on violence and harassment in the world of work” said Sharan Burrow, Labour20, which represents workers in the G20 process.

“There is currently no international agreement to protect women and other vulnerable groups in the workplace, despite recent movements such as #MeToo exposing the gravity of the problem.”

In Osaka, leaders of the world’s largest 20 economies will issue their annual Leaders’ Declaration in late June, which outlines a series of commitments and statements related to sustainable economic development.

“G20 has made several statements related to gender equality in the past, including a commitment in 2014 to reduce gender gaps in labour market participation by 25 per cent by 2025.” said Ms. Miwa.

“Achieving economic justice for everyone will only be achieved if countries turn these words into action, which is why we are calling on G20 leaders to develop national action plans for eliminating gaps in labour market participation. We are calling on G20 to extend this commitment to include marginalised groups, such as people with disabilities and LGBTQI people, so that no one is left behind. Achieving social and economic justice for everyone should be at the heart of G20’s commitments. We hope that G20 will demonstrate this by acting on these two vital issues of gender equality,” concluded Ms. Miwa.


Contact for press enquiries:

For Atsuko Miwa, C20 Co-Chair, +81 3 5292 2911

For Sharan Burrow, Labour 20 and General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation +32 479 064 163

Download the statements

Joint Statement by C20, L20, T20, W20 and Y20 on Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

FINAL Joint Statement on Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work2


Joint Statement by C20, L20, T20, W20 and Y20 on Eliminating Gaps in Labour Market Participation

FINAL Joint Statement on Eliminating Gaps in Labour Market Participation