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C20 Indonesian Leaders Shared Why C20’s Independence is a Must

2. November 2022 - 14:32

C20 Asia Forum’s consolidation meeting on October 31, 2022, became a momentum for Asian civil society organizations (CSOs) to present and share lessons learned preparing the upcoming G20 Indonesia Summit, 2023 G20 India Presidency, 2023 G7 Japan Presidency, and ASEAN Summit in 2023.

The meeting started by C20 Sherpa Ah Maftuchan expressing his condolences and prayers over the deadly Itaewon tragedy. He also stated that C20 Indonesia leaders committed to playing a role in the C20 India Presidency 2023 as Troika.

Ahead of the G20 Summit on November 15-16, 2022, he said that C20 Indonesia leaders actively communicated with G20 member countries, and G20 invited countries to send Communique and Policy Pack. 

“We are currently sending Communique and Policy Pack to all G20 member countries through their embassies in Jakarta and policy pack to invitees’ countries as well as the international organizations. We also requested to meet with the G20 delegates who will attend the G20 Leaders 15-16 November 2022 in Bali. The C20 Indonesia Presidency will also hold several side events on November 13-14, 2022 in Bali,” said Maftuchan.

C20 Chair Sugeng Bahagijo also shared C20’s journey in the past one year. He shared that the C20 engagement process officially started by a Kick-Off meeting in March, continued with a Policy Dialogue with the government in July, a follow-up expert meeting in August, C20 Pre-Summit Virtual Roadshow and People’s Caravan in September, and C20 Summit in October.

“C20 has been working for more than eight months, starting with a survey in October 2021 to decide who will be actively participating in C20 and resulting in seven working groups, more than fifty meetings and press conferences were also conducted,” he explained. Sugeng also emphasized that C20 has used an inclusive, open, and participatory method along the process, which means everyone can join and voice their aspirations.

Concretely, three achievements of C20 Indonesia 2022 Presidency were mentioned by Sugeng. “First, we have a huge participation of national and international CSOs. Second, we have succeeded in maintaining a tradition of independence in decision-making.Third, the result of our work (policy pack and communique) was accepted by the government at the C20 Summit,”

According to him, the next challenge will be how to maintain independence in the C20 India 2023 Presidency. “This independence should be continued to the Indian presidency. We have a tradition written officially on the C20 Principles document, which can be downloaded from our website,” he added.

C20 Steering Committee Binny Buchori stressed why C20’s independence is a must and shared how Indonesia’s presidency could be an example. “Independence for C20 as an official engagement group of G20 should be guaranteed, respected, and honored. During the Indonesian Presidency, the Government of Indonesia never interfered with the work of C20. C20 has all the freedom to establish its governance, expand its membership and develop the C20 policy pack. C20, without any interference from the Government of Indonesia, was able to hold various consultancies at international, national and sub-national levels,” she said.

Finally, C20 Indonesia leaders hope that the presidency’s transition process goes well and can ensure the meaningful involvement and participation of CSOs.

WRITER : SITA MElLIA

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C20 was Named Key Partner by Minister Airlangga and Gave Stage to Papuan Delegate at Bali Summit

12. Oktober 2022 - 9:58

Witnessed by 688 delegates and civil society organizations worldwide, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto congratulated C20 in the Bali Summit for their inclusiveness and named C20 as key partner in giving policy recommendations after receiving the Policy Pack and Communique on October 6, 2022.

“I have seen the inclusiveness of the C20 where 668 members across the world attended. Congratulations. Inclusiveness is essential to promote social inclusion for the post-pandemic. The C20 has an important role in being a key partner in giving recommendations to help people cope with the current situation. We hope that inclusiveness can be maintained. The G20 needs advocacy and recommendations from C20 to strengthen our policy. The policy pack will serve as a valuable point of view,” said Airlangga Hartarto in his remarks.

Several officials such as The Finance Minister of Indonesia Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance, the Republic of Indonesia, Yustinus Prastowo, and Senior Advisor to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for Strategic Planning, Yudo Dwinanda Priadi, also gave response to the policy pack delivery on the first day of Summit.

“C20 has been working since October 2021. We have demonstrated and engaged with G20  leaders. Our testimony is that we are taking seriously to collect all CSOs’ voices, using open membership and rotating methods in our day to day work in ensuring communication, fund-raising, and collecting demands,” said Sugeng Bahagijo, Chair of C20.

In this worst time due to global crises, Sugeng reminded the G20 to put aside their differences. “We call on all G20 leaders to put their own interests aside and work as a united front to resolve the crisis. It’s time to collaborate in promoting world peace and humanity by increasing recovery efforts for the current global situation. We are willing to recover better. No one should be left behind,”

C20 Sherpa Ah Maftuchan also emphasized that the development of the policy pack has been inclusive and participatory through more than hundred international and national consultations, starting in February 2022. “We hope that the summit will bring the solution to the global crises. We call on G20 to work hand in hand to work peace by enhancing recovery to solve the current global situation. We remind all of us that multidimensional crises that not only obstruct, it could potentially hammer G20 efforts to promote socio-economic recovery. Let’s put aside differences and stop the political contestation,” he concluded.

A delegate from Papua, Anugerah Wejai, who joined the People Caravan from Jakarta to Bali, had the opportunity to speak up in the C20 Summit forum about the importance of access in the nation’s development agenda. He explained that in his senior high school, there is only one English teacher and he only learned vocabulary as the lesson has not reached grammar.

“We are not stupid, we just lack of access. In understanding the inequality in Indonesia, especially between western Indonesia and eastern Indonesia, it is not about being poor and stupid. As a native of the east, i see that in terms of education, we don’t have complex access as in Java and Bali. Otherwise, I think Papuan children could do more than they do now. When we lack access, we cannot have a vision for the future, which results in unwanted things like juvenile delinquency,” stressed Anugerah.

This student who got a scholarship to major in International Relations at Gadjah Mada University has seen that Yogyakarta is surrounded by lots of access to go abroad and to higher education. On the other hand, in Eastern Indonesia, especially Maluku and Papua, still lack access to higher education. “To eliminate inequality, the government must provide access to remote villages. Indonesia’s icon is seen from its village. Prosperous remote villages can encourage big prosperity,”

Finally, he hopes that the Civil 20 can continue voicing the inequalities and that the G20 can prioritize access in the policymaking process.

Writer: Sita Mellia
Email: sitamellia01@gmail.com

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Masyarakat Sipil Mitra Pembuat Kebijakan

10. Oktober 2022 - 19:00

Organisasi masyarakat sipil dunia yang tergabung dalam C20 menyerahkan Paket Kebijakan C20 dan Komunike C20 kepada Pemerintah Indonesia selaku Presidensi G20. Aspirasi tersebut diharapkan akan dibawa ke KTT G20.

NUSA DUA, KOMPAS — Pemerintah Indonesia mengakui keberadaan organisasi masyarakat sebagai bagian terpenting dalam kehidupan berbangsa dan bernegara. Kelompok masyarakat sipil telah menjadi aktor yang hadir untuk memastikan bahwa kebijakan pemerintah menjangkau dan dirasakan oleh rakyat.

”Masyarakat sipil telah menjadi mitra kunci bagi pembuat kebijakan untuk menjamin bahwa kami merumuskan kebijakan yang efektif untuk membantu masyarakat mengatasi situasi saat ini,” ujar Menteri Koordinator Bidang Perekonomian Airlangga Hartarto pada Hari Kedua Pertemuan Puncak Civil Society 20 atau C20 di Nusa Dua, Bali, Kamis (6/10/2022) petang.

source : kompas.id

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Airlangga puji C20 berhasil capai konsensus dan keluarkan komunike

10. Oktober 2022 - 18:57

Ini merupakan capaian yang luar biasa

Badung (ANTARA) – Ketua Sherpa Track G20 Airlangga Hartarto memuji keberhasilan kelompok organisasi masyarakat sipil/Civil 20 (C20) mengeluarkan dokumen komunike (communique) karena itu menunjukkan adanya kesamaan sikap dari seluruh anggota C20 terhadap isu-isu yang menjadi sorotan.

Menurut Airlangga, selepas menerima komunike dan paket rekomendasi kebijakan (policy pack) C20 di Bali, Kamis, keberhasilan itu membuktikan C20 mampu melampaui berbagai perbedaan dan kondisi geopolitik yang saat ini memanas di beberapa negara.

“Ini merupakan capaian yang luar biasa,” kata Airlangga Hartarto, Menteri Koordinator Bidang Perekonomian RI.

Dalam kesempatan itu, ia juga menyampaikan Pemerintah Indonesia selaku pemegang presidensi G20 tahun ini menjamin pihaknya bakal mendengar rekomendasi dan tuntutan C20.

“C20 memiliki peran penting sebagai mitra kunci dalam memberikan rekomendasi untuk membantu masyarakat mengatasi situasi saat ini. G20 membutuhkan advokasi dan rekomendasi dari C20 untuk memperkuat kebijakan kami. Policy pack akan menjadi point of view yang berharga,” kata Airlangga dalam sambutannya selepas menerima paket kebijakan dan komunike C20 di Bali, Kamis.

Ia pun berharap C20 sebagai engagement group G20 dapat terus berlanjut terutama setelah presidensi Indonesia di G20 digantikan oleh India. Alasannya, ia menilai C20 menjadi platform bagi masyarakat terutama di akar rumput dan mereka yang berasal dari kelompok rentan untuk memberi masukan kepada pemerintah di forum-forum G20.

Dalam sesi yang sama, Sherpa C20 Ah Maftuchan menjelaskan paket kebijakan C20 disusun melibatkan 280 organisasi yang mewakili pandangan masyarakat sipil dari 65 negara yang tersebar di lima benua.

“Pembahasan (policy pack dan komunike) menyeluruh, rinci, dan melibatkan diskusi dan dialog yang tak terhitung jumlahnya antaraktor CSO (organisasi masyarakat sipil), pemerintah, dan pemangku kepentingan lainnya. Lebih dari 50 diskusi, pertemuan, seminar, dialog, kebijakan, dan konsultasi telah diselenggarakan,” kata Ah Maftuchan.

Setidaknya ada dua dokumen yang dihasilkan dalam KTT C20 di Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, pada 5–6 Oktober 2022, yaitu paket rekomendasi kebijakan (policy pack) dan komunike.

Dua dokumen itu, pada hari kedua KTT C20, telah diserahkan oleh perwakilan C20 Indonesia kepada Ketua Sherpa Track G20 Airlangga Hartarto.

Di acara yang sama, presidensi C20 Indonesia juga menyerahkan tongkat estafet kepemimpinan kepada C20 India.

“Kami optimis India akan bekerja lebih jauh dalam membangun dialog yang lebih konstruktif dengan G20 dan memastikan Presidensi G20 India akan memberi ruang lebih baik bagi C20 untuk terlibat di forum G20 India,” kata Chair C20 Indonesia Sugeng Bahagijo saat sesi penyerahan tongkat estafet secara simbolis di Bali, Kamis.

source : antaranews.com

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KTT C20 capai kesepakatan soroti G20 yang masih terbelah

10. Oktober 2022 - 18:52

Badung (ANTARA) – Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi (KTT) Civil 20 (C20) di Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali pada 5–6 Oktober 2022 berhasil mengeluarkan dokumen communique/komunike yang menunjukkan tercapainya kesepakatan antar anggota yang merupakan perwakilan organisasi masyarakat sipil (CSO) dari 65 negara di lima benua. Dokumen komunike itu salah satunya menyoroti beberapa pertemuan tingkat menteri G20 yang tidak dapat mengeluarkan komunike, karena sikap dan pandangan beberapa anggota masih ada yang terbelah terhadap isu-isu tertentu.

“Kami menyoroti sejumlah pertemuan tingkat menteri G20 gagal mencapai deklarasi para menteri. Ini menjadi kekhawatiran besar buat kami, karena itu menunjukkan G20 belum dapat mengenyampingkan perbedaan di antara mereka, dan mereka hanya fokus mengejar kepentingan mereka sendiri,” kata Ketua/Chair C20 Sugeng Bahagijo saat membacakan dokumen komunike C20 di Bali, Kamis.

Setidaknya ada delapan tuntutan C20 yang terangkum dalam komunike itu, yang di antaranya berisi harapan terhadap para pemimpin negara G20 untuk menemukan solusi dari krisis global yang dialami masyarakat dunia saat ini.

Kemudian, tuntutan lainnya, C20 juga mengingatkan para pemimpin G20 bahwa saat ini masih banyak masyarakat di berbagai belahan dunia yang mengalami krisis multidimensi, yaitu krisis kesehatan, krisis pangan, krisis energi, krisis kemanusiaan, krisis iklim, dan krisis keuangan.

“Kami sebagai kelompok organisasi masyarakat sipil dari berbagai negara di dunia mendesak pemimpin G20 untuk bekerja sama mengedepankan perdamaian dunia dan kemanusiaan dengan memperkuat upaya pemulihan demi mengatasi situasi global saat ini,” kata Sugeng membacakan poin kedua dari komunike C20. Dalam komunike itu, C20 juga meminta negara anggota G20 untuk berkolaborasi dengan negara nonanggota G20 terutama dalam upaya pemulihan dari pandemi Covid-19 sehingga tidak ada satu kelompok dan satu negara pun yang tertinggal.

“KTT C20 2022 merupakan event tingkat dunia organisasi masyarakat sipil dari 65 negara yang tersebar di lima benua. Kami berkumpul di sini untuk menegaskan bahwa yang kita butuhkan adalah solidaritas global, yang kita butuhkan adalah solusisolusi untuk masalah dunia. Kami berasal dari latar yang berbeda, tetapi kami meyakini bahwa kita harus bersatu untuk mencapai tujuan bersama: kesetaraan, keadilan, dan kemanusiaan,” kata Sugeng membacakan poin kelima dari komunike C20.

C20 dalam dokumen yang sama juga menyampaikan dukungannya terhadap agenda prioritas G20 di bawah presidensi/kepemimpinan Indonesia. Walaupun demikian, C20 menegaskan keadilan, inklusif, kesetaraan gender, perhatian terhadap kebutuhan penyandang disabilitas, antikorupsi, harus menjadi isu-isu yang dipertimbangkan dalam pembahasan agenda prioritas G20.

“Kami yakin isu-isu ini perlu dibahas oleh G20. C20 mengakui pentingnya sejumlah isu prioritas G20, yaitu arsitektur kesehatan global, transisi energi yang berkelanjutan, dan transformasi digital. Namun, kami percaya tanpa tunduk pada prinsip-prinsip keadilan, kesetaraan, inklusif, kolaborasi terutama dalam berbagi sumber daya keuangan, maka isu-isu prioritas itu kemungkinan tidak dapat mengatasi akar persoalan,” kata ketua C20 membacakan poin ketujuh komunike.

Dalam poin terakhir komunike, C20 kembali mengingatkan pemimpin G20 bahwa mereka harus mampu meminggirkan perbedaan yang ada dan persaingan kuasa antarnegara anggota sehingga pertemuan puncak G20 pada 15–16 November 2022 di Bali dapat menghasilkan solusi yang berkeadilan untuk seluruh warga dunia.

source : antaranews.com

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G20 Diminta Kesampingkan Perbedaan, Selesaikan Krisis

10. Oktober 2022 - 18:41

Pertemuan Puncak C20 di Bali menjadi momentum untuk menyampaikan aspirasi dan masukan organisasi masyarakat sipil dunia kepada G20. Selain pernyataan politik, juga diserahkan Policy berisi rekomendasi kepada G20.

NUSA DUA, KOMPAS — Organisasi masyarakat sipil dunia menyerukan kepada pemimpin di kelompok 20 negara berperekonomian terbesar dunia atau G20 agar mengesampingkan segala perbedaan. Selain itu, G20 juga diminta memprioritaskan penyelesaian krisis untuk memastikan pemulihan yang adil bagi semua warga negara di seluruh dunia.

Demikian seruan masyarakat sipil dunia yang tergabung dalam Civil Society 20 atau C20. Seruan disampaikan dalam bentuk C20 Political Statement pada pembukaan pertemuan puncak atau C20 Summit di Hilton Resorts Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Rabu (5/10/2022) petang. C20 Summit dengan tema ”Voicing and Realizing a Just Recover for All (Menyuarakan dan Mewujudkan Pemulihan yang Adil untuk Semua)” adalah forum untuk menyuarakan aspirasi dari organisasi masyarakat sipil dan komunitas akar rumput di seluruh dunia.

source : kompas.id

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Masyarakat Sipil Gelar Pertemuan Puncak C20 di Bali

10. Oktober 2022 - 18:37

Menjelang KTT G20 pada November 2022, organisasi masyarakat sipil dunia yang tergabung dalam C20 meminta berbagai rekomendasi masyarakat akar rumput dibawa dalam pertemuan puncak G20.

DENPASAR, KOMPAS — Sekitar 300 peserta yang mewakili organisasi masyarakat sipil hadir dalam forum C20 Summit yang akan berlangsung Rabu hingga Jumat (4-7/10/2022) di Hilton Resorts Nusa Dua, Bali. Pada pertemuan puncak C20 tersebut, para peserta membahas berbagai isu penting dalam masyarakat dan menyusun rekomendasi yang akan disampaikan kepada Presiden Joko Widodo untuk dibawa ke forum Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi G20.

”Pertemuan puncak Civil 20 ini penting. Salah satunya adalah kami telah menunjukkan bahwa Civil 20 (C20) menjalankan tugas dan perannya untuk terlibat dengan para pemimpin G20,” ujar Sugeng Bahagijo, Ketua C20, pada Pembukaan C20 Summit, di Nusa Dua, Bali, Rabu petang.

source : kompas.id

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KTT C20 di Bali desak pemimpin G20 adopsi rekomendasi masyarakat sipil

10. Oktober 2022 - 18:34

Badung (ANTARA) – Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi Civil 20 mendesak pemimpin negara G20 mengadopsi rekomendasi dari masyarakat sipil karena berbagai persoalan yang dibahas dalam KTT G20 pada 15-16 November 2022 perlu mempertimbangkan suara kelompok akar rumput agar tidak menjadi elitis.

Chair Civil 20 (C20) Sugeng Bahagijo pada sela-sela kegiatannya memimpin Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi (KTT) C20 di Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, menyampaikan pihaknya telah menyusun rangkaian rekomendasi kebijakan (C20 Policy Pack) yang sejalan dengan agenda utama G20.

“Kami meminta semua pemimpin G20 untuk mengakhiri kepentingan mereka sendiri dan bekerja sebagai front persatuan untuk menyelesaikan krisis. Saatnya berkolaborasi dalam mempromosikan perdamaian dunia dan kemanusiaan dengan meningkatkan upaya pemulihan untuk situasi global saat ini,” kata Sugeng Bahagijo di Bali, Rabu (5/10).

Ia menjelaskan C20 telah bekerja selama kurang lebih 8 bulan untuk menyusun paket rekomendasi kebijakan yang nantinya akan diserahkan ke Pemerintah Indonesia selaku ketua G20 tahun ini. Paket rekomendasi itu dijadwalkan diserahkan ke Menteri Koordinator Bidang Perekonomian Airlangga Hartarto, yang juga menjabat sebagai Ketua Sherpa Track G20, pada hari kedua rangkaian KTT C20, Kamis (6/10).

Dalam paket rekomendasi itu, yang akan difinalisasi, Kamis, beberapa isu menjadi perhatian, di antaranya terkait inklusivitas dan perhatian terhadap hak-hak penyandang disabilitas dan hak perempuan, percepatan transisi menuju energi bersih, serta penghargaan terhadap kelompok rentan dan minoritas.

Perhatian C20 terhadap isu-isu tersebut, menurut Sugeng, sejalan dengan agenda prioritas G20 yang diangkat oleh Indonesia, yaitu arsitektur kesehatan global yang adil dan inklusif, keadilan iklim dan transisi energi yang adil, keadilan pajak dan keuangan berkelanjutan yang inklusif, serta transformasi digital yang inklusif.

Namun C20 mendalami isu-isu itu dengan memajukan kepentingan kelompok masyarakat rentan, di antaranya yang terkait kebutuhan penyandang disabilitas, misalnya C20 meminta negara-negara G20 dapat mengurangi pajak impor kursi roda sehingga alat itu menjadi terjangkau dan dapat diakses oleh semua. Permintaan itu diajukan oleh C20 karena selama ini harga kursi roda yang masih terlampau mahal akibat pajak impor yang tinggi.

“Tuntutan kami kepada G20 agar mereka bisa memastikan akses ekonomi yang setara terutama terhadap penyandang disabilitas, dan teman-teman disabilitas mendapat akses yang setara di lapangan kerja, dan mereka mendapatkan akses serta akomodasi yang layak,” kata Sous Sherpa C20 Risnawati Utami, yang juga tergabung dalam kelompok kerja Gender dan Disabilitas C20.

C20 yang merupakan forum resmi G20 menggelar pertemuan puncaknya/KTT di Bali pada 5–7 Oktober 2022. Dalam pertemuan itu, anggota C20 yang terdiri atas perwakilan dari organisasi masyarakat sipil dari anggota G20 dan negara lainnya, merampungkan paket rekomendasi kebijakan yang bakal diserahkan ke pemerintah Indonesia selaku ketua G20 tahun ini.

Di KTT C20, setidaknya ada 500 orang yang hadir secara langsung di Bali. Dari jumlah itu, 100 di antaranya berasal dari organisasi masyarakat sipil di luar negeri, sementara sisanya dari dalam negeri, kata Sugeng Bahagijo.

source : antaranews.com

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C20 Indonesia Hands over C20 Summit Communiqué to Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Passes the Baton to India

6. Oktober 2022 - 10:34

PRESS RELEASE

Bali, 6 October 2022 – Happening from 5-7 October 2022 at Hilton Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, the C20 Summit is held as the peak event of the civil 20 (C20) – an official civil society platform for the G20 – which is set to present a set of grassroots and global civil society’s demands and aspirations across multiple issues called the C20 Communiqué to the G20. 

In front of 688 people and civil society organizations worldwide who gather at the C20 Summit both in person and virtually, Sugeng Bahagijo, the C20 Chair, and Ah Maftuchan, the C20 Sherpa, read C20 Policy Pack and the C20 Communiqué and handed them over to Minister Airlangga Hartarto from the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs as the representative of Joko Widodo, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, who serves as the G20 Chairman this year.

“The deliberation is thorough, detailed, involving countless discussions and dialogues among CSO actors, governments and other stakeholders. More than 50 discussions, meetings, seminars, policy dialogue and consultations have been held”, reveals Ah Maftuchan, the C20 Sherpa, on the development process of the C20 policy pack that has been inclusive and participatory. The C20 Policy Pack is a product of the C20 which comprises 280 organizations, representing the view of Civil Society Organizations in 65 countries across the 5 continents.

The C20 Communiqué comprises a 2-page summarized document contains a series of suggested solutions to the world’s problems across seven thematic issues; (i) Vaccine Access and Global Health; (ii) Gender Equality and Disability; (iii) Taxation, Sustainable Finance and Debt; (iv) Environment, Climate Justice and Energy Transition; (v) SDGs and Humanitarian; (vi) Education, Digitalization, and Civic Spaces and; (vii) Anti-Corruption. 

Minister Airlangga expresses his appreciation for the substantial solution devised by civil society. Responding to the robust demands of the people, he states the G20 needs advocacy and recommendations from C20 to strengthen the government’s policy. “I have seen the inclusiveness of the C20 where 668 members across the world attended. Congratulations. Inclusivity is essential to promote social inclusion for the post-pandemic. The C20 has an important role in being a key partner in giving recommendations to help people cope with the current situation. We hope that inclusiveness can be maintained. The G20 needs advocacy and recommendations from C20 to strengthen our policy. The Policy Pack will serve as a valuable point of view,”

The C20 Summit also marks the final ceremony of the C20 Indonesia and during the second day of the Summit, the Indonesian presidency handed over the chairmanship to the C20 India, as the next G20 President in 2023. Represented by all Civil Society Organizations from India who attended the event in person, India accepted the baton from Herni Ramdlaningrum, the C20 Indonesia Co-Chair.

“We congratulate Indian CSOs as they resume the Presidency for the coming year and we wish to assure you of the continued support from us in Indonesia and from all other C20 members. We are optimistic that India will work further in a more constructive social dialogue with the G20 and assure that the G20 India presidency will provide a better space for C20 to be involved in the process of G20 India. The G20 process should become a real and substantial democracy arena at the global level”, says Herni Ramdlaningrum.

The delivery of the Communiqué and policy pack will not be the final act of the C20 to communicate with the G20 leaders. The C20 is planning to hold another series of activities approaching the upcoming G20 Summit in November and arrange a side event during the G20 Summit. 

“C20 leaders plan to smoothen the presidency-handing over from Indonesia to India,  control the recommendations of C20, and oversee the implementation of the G20 commitments,” adds Aryanto Nugroho, a C20 Co-Chair.

The C20 sees the urgency for the G20 leaders to listen to the voices and recommendations of civil societies and to collaborate with and for the people and the grassroots communities. 

“We have witnessed and learned the hard way with the COVID-19 crisis, that the best way to get through the crisis is working together, governments, civil society and community-based organizations. ‘Recover together, Recover Stronger’ must apply to civil society organizations, communities, the private sector, academia and everyone, leaving no one behind,” says Guillermina Alaniz, the International Advisory Committee of the C20. 

During the 3-day C20 Summit, strong messages to the G20 leaders are orchestrated through a series of activities. Parallel thematic discussions on various topics will be held. In addition, a bazaar and exhibitions from numerous civil society organizations that display and sell eco-friendly products, also local cultural souvenirs embellish the Summit. On the third day, this Summit will present a flashmob, as well as the #YouAreHeard Festival filled with arts and music shows to celebrate the civil society’s joy.

Contact person:  

Ah Maftuchan, Sherpa of the C20 Indonesia
E: c20.secretariat@g20-indonesia.id

About the Civil 20 (C20):

C20 is one of the official Engagement Groups of the G20. It provides a platform for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) around the world to voice the people’s aspirations with the world’s leaders in the G20. The C20 engages more than 800 civil societies representatives and networks from various countries beyond the members of the G20. As of today, 65 countries from 5 continents and more than 350 civil society organizations from around the world (34% of it is Indonesian and 66% of it is international) have joined as C20 members.

About the C20 Summit:

The Civil Society 20 (C20) Summit is a convening ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit 2022, which is hosted by Indonesia, as the leader of this year’s C20. The C20 Summit is a civil society-led event bringing together civil societies from across G20 countries as well as other countries around the world particularly the global south to discuss and debate the G20 Leaders’ agenda, the priority issues to be proposed to the G20 leaders, and officially handover the final Communique to G20 leader.

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C20 Summit: 700 Civil Society Representatives Gather in Bali Delivering People’s Aspirations for G20 Leaders

5. Oktober 2022 - 6:49

Bali, 5 October 2022 – Civil 20 (C20) has successfully delivered the C20 Policy Pack – a document containing a series of policy recommendations on various issues – to the G20 on the opening day of the C20 Summit in Hilton Resorts Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali. C20 Summit is a coming-together event of the world’s most spirited thinkers, activists and ideas focused on the promotion of social problem solutions which involve active participation of civil society organizations as well as the grassroot communities. 

The participation of the C20 Summit has recorded a large number of attendants. It reaches 566 national delegates from Indonesia and 55 international delegates who attend the event in person and 280 national and 150 international participants attending the event virtually, and all came from 280 civil society organizations in 55 countries. Opened by the remarks of Mr. Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, the Vice Governor of Bali Province, the C20 Summit aims to finalize the C20 Policy Pack and officially hand over the Communique to the Indonesian government as the leader of G20 this year.

Throughout the 3 days event, the participants will join numerous activities at the Summit, from public dialogues, exhibitions, flashmob, to art and music festivals. This high spirited participation comes along with the importance of the submission of the C20 Policy Pack as part of the intervention from the global civil society to produce a concrete result of a just inclusive policy in the G20. 

“We call on all leaders of the G20 to end their own self-interests and work as a united front to solve the crises. It is time to collaborate in promoting world peace and humanity by enhancing recovery efforts to solve the current global situation”, states Sugeng Bahagijo, the C20 Chair. 

Read by the Coordinators from seven C20 Working Groups, the policy pack was responded by Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia; Yustinus Prastowo, Special Staff to the Minister of Finance of Indonesia; Yudo Dwinanda Priaadi, Expert Staff to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for Strategic Planning; Sigit Reliantoro, Co-chair of Environment Deputies Meeting – Climate Sustainability Working Group (EDM-CS WG) of the G20; H.E. Ambassador Armando Gonzalo Alvarez Reina, the Ambassador of Mexico to the Republic of Indonesia and ASEAN; and H.E. Ambassador Shri Manoj Kumar Bharti, the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Indonesia. 

“The world will face more complex challenges in the future, and it requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders to leave no one behind. I hope C20 continues its role as a platform to voice people’s aspirations, and work together with G20 by not only providing insights and expertise, but also ensuring that governments are accountable for their commitments” stated Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia during her response to the C20 Policy Pack presented by C20 Coordinators.

There are several points why the G20 leaders must not ignore the C20 recommendations. First, the C20 prioritizes issues that reflect the principle of justice, equality, inclusiveness, collaboration and sharing financial resources. To illustrate, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global development and has caused misery to millions of people, especially those in developing countries. Equal access to COVID-19 vaccines across nations has yet to be achieved. As of August 2022 only 20.3% of the population on the African continent have been fully vaccinated; meanwhile half of the countries in Europe have achieved more than an 85% vaccination rate and have already initiated booster shots. The climate crisis prolonged by indecisive actions of world leaders has also caused the dramatic convergence of crises.

“We truly hope to optimize the C20 platform to amplify our call to accelerate action on issues prioritized by the C20 coalition, including just energy transition through setting clear targets and policies to curb carbon emissions in G20 countries, and prioritizing the shift to more sustainable sources of energy for a truly secure future for all, that leaves no one behind. In this context, we recognize the significant role of the global financial sector in taking this agenda forward, and we urge G20 leaders to ensure that the sector also implements clear policies and regulations that align with the Paris Agreement; and to ensure that international financial institutions also transparently and accountably deliver on their commitments evidenced by public disclosures on their progress”, asserts Bernadette Victorio, the C20 International Advisory Committee.

Second, the C20 answers the priority agenda raised by the Indonesian G20 by focusing the recommendation on the issues of (i) Just and Inclusive Global Health Architecture, (ii) Climate Justice and Just Energy Transition, (iii) Tax Justice and Inclusive Sustainable Finance and (iv) Inclusive Digital Transformation. 

“Taking into account the urgency of gender equality, persons with disabilities, humanitarian action, civic space and anti-corruption, sustainable climate action, C20 addresses them as cross-cutting issues and therefore make sure no one is left behind”, says Risnawati Utami, Sous Sherpa of C20.

Third, the civil society recommendations serve as the balancing aspect that minimizes – if not eradicates – the ‘business as usual’ characteristic that may appear in the decision making process in the G20 amid the international turmoil, for instance, the energy, food and financial crises that have been exacerbated by the Ukraine-Russia war. Moreover, numerous G20 ministerial meetings have failed to produce joint ministerial declarations and this has become a huge concern for civil society organizations, as it shows that the G20 has not been able to put aside their differences,and instead focus on their own interests.

Fourth, the C20 as the platform for civil society voices out the evidence-based aspirations of the people of the world, the end user of the G20 resolutions. The C20 recommendations perform a key role to remind the G20 leaders to achieve just policies that work well to protect humans and put humanity first. Therefore, the G20 leaders must consider and take real action to these recommendations to solve global issues by adopting participatory, inclusive and sustainable approaches.

“Today is a monumental event for CSOs across the world after Covid-19 pandemic. The C20 Summit is a peak and a result of inclusive and collaborative works of C20 across the globe. We, as global citizens, would like to remind and recall the G20, and all of us to put aside all differences and prioritize crisis resolution to ensure just recovery for all citizens across the world”, concludes Ah Maftuchan, the C20 Sherpa.

Contact person:  

Ah Maftuchan, Sherpa of the C20 Indonesia
E: c20.secretariat@g20-indonesia.id

About the Civil 20 (C20):
C20 is one of the official Engagement Groups of the G20. It provides a platform for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) around the world to voice the people’s aspirations with the world’s leaders in the G20. The C20 engages more than 800 civil societies representatives and networks from various countries beyond the members of the G20.

Under the leadership of G20 Indonesia Presidency, the C20 engagement process has officially started since the Kick-off Meeting on March 7-8, 2022 in Bali, witnessed by more than 668 participants from 57 countries. On 27-28 July, 2022, C20 had the opportunity to have a dialogue with stakeholders through the Policy Dialogue forum in Jakarta, attended by 241 participants from 20 national G20 members and 100 online participants. The G20 Co-Sherpa, Edi Prio Pambudi, and the G20 Deputy for Finance, Wempi Saputra, were active as speakers at the meeting. In order to follow up on the Policy Dialogue, an expert meeting in Jakarta on August 30-31 was also held to ensure concrete recommendations and refine the Policy Pack & Communique. C20’s work for six months after the Kick Off Meeting in collecting evidence, dialogue with grassroots communities, discussing with stakeholders, and consulting nationally and internationally has resulted in more than 20 recommendations that can be adopted by the G20. As of today, 65 countries from 5 continents and more than 350 civil society organizations from around the world (34% of it is Indonesian and 66% of it is international) have joined as C20 members.

The Civil Society 20 (C20) Summit is a convening ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit 2022, which is hosted by Indonesia, as the leader of this year’s C20. The C20 Summit is a civil society-led event bringing together civil societies from across G20 countries as well as other countries around the world particularly the global south to discuss and debate the G20 Leaders’ agenda, the priority issues to be proposed to the G20 leaders, and officially handover the final Communique to G20 leader.

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Civil20 to Visit Grassroot Communities and Handover Communique to President Joko Widodo in Bali Summit

27. September 2022 - 19:29

Being connected to the grassroots communities and hearing the voice of youth is once in a blue moon. Therefore, C20 realized it into C20 Summit People Caravan, where young activists, influencers, media, and representatives from seven Working Groups will visit, dialogue, and engage with the local CSOs on C20 priority issues. It kicked off from Jakarta on September 27, 2022 to visit Cirebon, Yogyakarta, Banyuwangi, and will end in C20 Bali Summit on October 3, 2022 to share their aspirations in front of the G20 leaders.

“The caravan aims to recognize the role of local CSOs so that their voices can be heard before the C20 Summit on October 5-7, 2022. We will also schedule a handover to the C20 India Presidency to maintain continuity and sustainability of the advocacy work to the G20, “said Ah Maftuchan, C20 Sherpa, at the C20 Pre-Summit Media Briefing on September 26, 2022.

All civil society organizations and grassroots communities worldwide will witness the key political event, which is handing over the Policy Pack (policy recommendations) and Communique (political statement) to the President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia at the C20 Summit. Around 300 participants representing Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across the world have registered and are expected to participate in several parallel side events and plenary sessions during the meeting. With a message of ‘Voicing and Realizing a Just Recovery for All’, C20 calls G20 to realize recovery in a just manner throughout the world.

A number of high-ranking officials are scheduled to attend the meeting, namely the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, Minister of Health of the Republic Indonesia, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, Minister of Energy, Natural Resource, and Mineral, Arifin Tasrif, as well as next year’s G20 leading country representative, Minister of Finance of the Republic of India, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.

“C20 has been working for more than eight months in formulating recommendations at the Indonesian and international levels. In the final round, we will present the work results at the C20 Summit in solutions, accountability, and new demands that have not been adopted. The Summit will become a forum for the C20 to unite amid diversity which resulted in many recommendations before the G20 summit in November,” said Sugeng Bahagijo, C20 Chair, in his welcoming remarks.

Maftuchan also stressed that C20 facilitates G20 countries and non-G20 countries to speak up about what is most important to the G20. No one should be left behind, for example, don’t let digital technology advances only favor the rich. “If the problem is not resolved, then the G20 should form a new Working Group. If the issue is considered important, the G20 needs to create one new facility funded by them. If we need one policy change, the G20 leaders should agree to it,”

A brief testimony for the G20 Indonesia Presidency, he opined that the G20 has relatively maintained inclusivity for all engagement groups. “We have the opportunity to speak out and G20 also attended the C20 Policy Dialogue Meeting. The finance track process in Indonesia’s presidency is quite open. C20 requested that FIF governance be more inclusive and reflective of a multi-stakeholder approach so that C20 representatives could be in the FIF governing body. We proposed periodic monitoring of the G20 to be carried out annually, but it resulted that it will be carried out every four years. We have made efforts to influence the work of the G20,”

Finally, C20 asks the G20 to stop the political contestation. Otherwise, society will be disappointed.

Writer: Sita Mellia
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C20 to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting G20 Indonesia Presidency

14. September 2022 - 12:08

After reviewing the priority issues on the Labour and Employment, C20 call on the concrete steps to turn the commitment into the real actions to solve the current global labour and employment issues.

The labour market landscape around the world is changing , due to digital transformation, the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic, natural disaster, conflicts, wars and global recession, the G20 need to create more job opportunities especially for persons with disabilities, women, youth, migrants, undocumented workers in both land and sea-based sectors.

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The Precariat amid Crisis, How Would the G20 Respond This?

13. September 2022 - 17:00

Having the opportunity to intervene at the G20 Labor Employment Ministerial Meeting on September 13-14, C20 SDGs and Humanitarian Working Group held the G20 LEMM Side Event meeting in Bali, September 12, 2022, themed ‘G20, Crises, and the Precariat’ to strengthen concrete recommendations to the G20.

This event aims to discuss the issue of the precariat, vulnerable workers, domestic workers, and migrant workers affected by Covid-19. “We note that although in 2014 the G20 was committed to realizing the principle of non-discrimination against women and other workers, only 3 out of 20 member countries have ratified the ILO Conventions. So, the G20’s commitment to realizing decent work deserves to be questioned,” said Wahyu Susilo, a member of SDGs and Humanitarian WG.

Wahyu also revealed that C20 used to advocate for human trafficking, but the space is limited while the cases continuously increase. “The ironic case is that of workers case in the UK. Both countries, the victims and recipient country, are from G20 member countries. So, I hope this side event will produce concrete formulations that we will intervene at the G20 Labor Employment Ministerial Meeting,” he continued.

Chair of C20 Sugeng Bahagijo explained that this event is one example that C20 has ideas, enthusiasm, and has proposed solutions. He stressed that CSOs are not doing good for themselves, but C20 is trying to articulate or defend a better world for citizens. “C20 has one job, namely how to promote and articulate CSOs’ concerns both in the global south as well as in the global north,”

Although this is not an easy task, Sugeng is optimistic as many of the results of C20 engagements have begun to be adopted. “As an illustration, the process of policy formation at the G20 leaders is now in its second round. Policy recommendation documents have now been entered at the ministerial level. Furthermore, these documents will be processed one more level into a G20 leaders document and will be ratified in November,”

“The challenge now is how the solutions that the CSOs have voiced can be included in the document and agreed at the ministerial level and the level of the G20 leaders,” he reminded the audience. One of them which SDGs and Humanitarian Working Group frequently voice is lowering the cost of remittances from 12-13% to 6% and also social security for migrant workers.

Indian speaker Beem Reddy Mandha also briefly talked about the condition in India that the Covid-19 pandemic caused most of Asian workers, including Indians, to be sent back to their home countries. He proposed that every sending country or country of origin should have its policies or fund mechanism for the emergency return, like the fund mechanism for disaster management, and they have to rescue the migrant workers who return to their home country as migrant workers have contributed to the state’s economy by sending remittances.

Within the remaining time until the G20 Summit in November, instead of being pessimistic, an advisor to Migrant Care, Indri DS Saptaningrum, has seen good engagement with the labor ministry of Indonesia, who let EWG discussions at the ministerial level. She believes the government will welcome some additional input or proposed tax to strengthen the agenda.

Indrasari Tjandraningsih from AKATIGA Bandung said that some companies consider skill development as a cost instead of an investment, which causes no significant increase in employment. As skilled workers today could be regarded as precariat, she proposed that skill development or re-skilling should be one of the investment requirements.

Writer: Sita Mellia
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Civil 20: It’s Time for Being Concrete, No More Principled Policy Recommendations

1. September 2022 - 15:30

One month right after delivering recommendations to the G20—so-called Policy Dialogue—Civil 20 conducted a Round-table Expert Discussion on August 30 and 31, 2022, in Jakarta to strengthen policy recommendations—C20 Policy Pack & Communique—to be handed over to G20 leaders at C20 Summit 2022.

“The policy pack and communique are not solely made from this round-table meeting, but they are also as result from the process of policy dialogue to the G20, working groups’ finalization, and the one-on-one interaction process between C20 Steering Committee-International Advisory Committee and C20 seven working groups transparently and dialogically, which is conducted today, on the first day of the meeting,” said Olisias Gultom, one of the policy pack team.

The meeting aims to check on how cohesive, attractive, sharp, and concrete C20 Policy Pack & Communique to be read by the G20 leaders. “Broadly speaking, the C20 Indonesia Presidency is trying to formulate a concrete policy recommendation that goes beyond principles. We hope that the C20 can deliver more operational policy options,” said C20 Sherpa Ah Maftuchan on the second day of the meeting.

Due to these days’ situation, Maftuchan said that C20 indeed focuses on pandemics, health, and just energy transition as we are currently in a climate crisis. Besides, fair, equitable, and affordable access to digital technology is critical to encourage the fulfillment of education for all and to support the economic development of citizens such as MSMEs.

C20 also encourages a more equitable financial system with recommendations as the followings:

  1. Tax reform, which taxes the super-rich to pay more taxes.
  2. Allowing multinational companies to pay taxes to be more compliant with a minimum rate of 25% for corporate taxes.
  3. Scheduling debt for developing countries and allocating debt to overcome the health and climate crises.
  4. A responsible financial business by banking and insurance institutions following the principles of protecting the environment and social conditions of society.

Finally, Ah Maftuchan hopes that the G20 leaders can accept the policy pack and communique at the C20 Summit on October 5-7, 2022 and recognize it as one of the adopted policy options.

Writer: Sita Mellia
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Beware of Climate Change! C20 Urges G20 Utilities to Adapt Faster, Learn Faster, and Implement Solution Faster

30. August 2022 - 13:24

August 29, 2022 was a decisive momentum for helping the world be on track with the 1.5 pathway of the Paris Agreement as Civil 20 purposely rounded up strategic panelists for a discussion called ‘The Role of G20 Power Utilities in Climate Mitigation Efforts’ in Courtyard by Mariott, Nusa Dua, Bali.

            Panelists such as Darmawan Prasodjo, the Director of Indonesia’s State-owned PT PLN (Perusahaan Listrik Negara), Youngjin Chae, the Vice President of Strategy and Planning from the Republic of Korea’s KPX (Korea Power Exchange), Federico Lopez de Alba, the Manager of Mexico’s CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad), and Dennis Volk, Germany’s BNetZa (Bundesnetzagentur), gathered to share plans on climate mitigation.

            The discussion explored how to generate energy more efficiently and implement measures to the expansion planning, including analyzing energy storage, expansion of renewable and low-carbon energy systems, clean industrial development, grid integration, and energy efficiency. In terms of financing, the energy transition also requires new projects and investments.

            Keynote speaker Phillipe Benoit, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, enter on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, delivered  that state-owned power companies (SPCs) are key to resilience on climate change mitigations or adaptation, “whether we think of mitigation, whether we think of adaptation, the ‘who’ is SPCs, and that we need to take into account,”

            As economic development immensely impacts to the environment, Sous Sherpa C20 Risnawati Utami Richard delivered points to note, “Due to the unsafe energy production, it’s time for G20 countries and stakeholder and energy business production have to involve civil society organizations to balance the environmental justice into a collective action to mitigate climate change in response to all kind of natural disaster that currently happen in the world,”

            The event was also enlivened by her critical question, “Who will be the most affected, if there are any natural disasters because of climate change? There are persons with disabilities, elder people, women and children and other indigenous people and other marginalized groups that will affect the worst situation of climate change,”

More concretely, she captured evidence of the current situation in the pacific because of  extreme weather. “There are persons with disabilities who are not normally considered for preparedness and responses activities to the various barriers they encounter in which include accessibility to information, services, and infrastructure, less of assistive devices and technology, support services, social protection, discriminatory procedure, and community-based inclusive development which limits their effective participations and humanitarian work and even in accessing relief program, this is not a good sign, at all,” she emphasized.

            At the end of the session, C20 Co-chair Fabby Tumiwa gave clarity of challenges faced by utility, “Utility today, in my understanding, is facing very various challenges. Utility deals with five key issues. One of the key issues is climate change, and we need to know that climate change brings challenges for utility to operate. The problem of climate change needs to be addressed because every utility now has to plan to reach net-zero emission by the middle of this century,” he said.

Lastly, he hopes this conversation can continue and calls G20 utilities to conduct skill-sharing so that they can adapt faster, learn faster, and implement the solution faster.

Writer : Sita Mellia
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C20 Encourages G20 to Maximize the Flexibility of TRIPS

22. August 2022 - 9:05

Two months remaining to the C20 Summit 2022, C20 Sherpa Ah Maftuchan and VAHWG Coordinator Agung Prakoso presented critical points to note related to Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) during C20 Korea Forum’s online seminar called ‘Towards the G20 Leaders’ Summit and C20 Summit 2022: 2022 C20 Korea Forum – Vaccine Access and Global Health’ on August 19, 2022.

Co-hosted by Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC), Korean Advocates for Global Health (KAGH), Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP), Korean Society of Global Health, and C20 Vaccine Access and Global Health Working Group, this event was conducted hybrid from Seoul, South Korea with forty-five online participants.

            Ah Maftuchan and Agung Prakoso were the two out of five speakers on C20 Major Agenda and International Health Priorities, moderated by Dr. Ahn Dongil, the Professor of Yonsei University and the former Director of WHO WPRO.

            Warmly welcoming the discussion from Indonesia, Agung explained the main issues that became a concern for the C20 VAHWG related to the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Respond (PPPR) Mechanism and the Expansion of the Manufacturing Hub and Research.

He stated the importance of FIF transparency and accountability through the representation of developing countries and civil society organizations in their governing body. This is following the priority issue of C20 VAHWG, which is an inclusive Global Health Architecture.

G20’s initiative to expand the manufacturing and research hub must also be accompanied by alleviating the main barrier to manufacturing, namely Intellectual Property. Therefore, C20 VAHWG encourages G20 countries to commit to maximizing the flexibility of TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) to promote this. In addition, C20 VAHWG expressed their disappointment at the failure of the TRIPS Waiver negotiations which should have been the main avenue for the expansion of the Manufacturing Hub.

            Lastly, Ah Maftuchan urges Korean CSOs to advocate vaccine access, FIF, and health reformation in their state so that the Korean government could bring C20 recommendations to the G20 forum. He also gladly announced and invited all participants to join the upcoming C20 Summit on October 5-7, 2022 in Bali, Indonesia.

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Sita Mellia
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Vaccine Access & Global Health WorkingGroup Statement

19. August 2022 - 6:54

G20 must avoid the equity failures that are we still facing two years into COVID-19 and ensure that we have sustained and proactive investments in research, development, and delivery of medical
countermeasures that are critical to responding effectively to the medical needs of the most
vulnerable. This investment must also be ustainable and predictable, with clear priority given to open approaches and areas most likely to be neglected by the market.

Learning from the Past and Building on Existing Mechanisms: Key lessons must be drawn from challenges related to the implementation of the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) of the World Bank so that costly mistakes are never repeated. In addition, the G20 has to build on existing responses, infrastructure and lessons learned from existing mechanism.

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C20 Urges G20 to Stop Prioritizing Profit Over Humanity

18. August 2022 - 6:52

In response to the upcoming 3rd G20 Health Working Group Meeting, C20 Vaccine Access and Global Health Working Group (VAHWG) performed a meeting themed “Ensuring Access to Health and Covid-19 Tools through G20: End the Inequalities, Build Stronger Mechanism” from 11th to 13th of August 2022 in the Ashley Hotel, Jakarta to consolidate and finalize recommendations to the G20, particularly in the issue of vaccine access.

VAHWG Coordinators Agung Prakoso, Rachel Ong, and Daniel Marguari were among the thirty-five participants who attended in person. While Angela Taneja and other forty participants joined online. The first day of the meeting discussed vaccine access, challenges, and financing. Access on ARV and TB drugs in Indonesia, trips and access to medicine, and ensuring access and technology in therapeutic post Covid-19 were also discussed on the second day. The event was finished by a press conference on the third day.

In this meeting, C20 emphasized that all needs for prevention, containment, and treatment related to COVID-19 and all other health must become public goods and free from profit interests. For this reason, G20 countries need to be serious in providing for all the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic by placing the principle of people’s safety above profit interests. Pharmaceutical companies still monopolize, especially all the needs of COVID-19 through various intellectual property protection rules that make poor and developing countries unable to produce their own needs even though they have adequate manufacturing capacity.

C20 delivered that if the Indonesian government wants to expand manufacturing, intellectual property barriers must also be overcome. After the failure of the TRIPS Waiver negotiations at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, initiatives to overcome intellectual property barriers can be encouraged through maximizing the flexibility of TRIPS, including compulsory licensing and technology transfer. Manufacturing improvement can also be encouraged through continuous collaboration and collaboration outside big pharma’s domination.

Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) has become one of the concerning issues by C20 as FIF was agreed as financing for Prevention, Preparedness, and Response to Covid-19 pandemic. C20 urges transparency, inclusivity and accountability in the governance of these mechanisms. According to KOMPAS (2022/07/26), Sherpa of C20 Ah Maftuchan said that global funding commitments must be sustainable. Moreover, in the long run, the coverage is not only targeting G20 countries, but all countries in the world.

“To have a good impact, we propose that civil society organizations be involved in FIF governance, whether as a board member or supervisor group. Ideally, the CSO’s representatives have voting rights as well since they participate in the governance body of FIF. The G20 Leaders must keep the engagement and inclusion approach in the process and governance because it will be helping to ensure the equal benefits among citizens and stakeholders globally,” said Maftuchan at the Joint-discussion of C20 Vaccine Access and Global Health and SDGs & Humanitarian Working Group on July 26, 2022.

He recalled it on the first day of the meeting, “It is our challenge for today, and we should make some new efforts on how we reach our colleagues globally. For example, to push the G20 to open the governance of FIF for CSO representatives,”

Aired live on the Civil 20 YouTube channel, Agung appreciated the G20 Health Working Group who will conduct the 3rd meeting entitled ‘Expanding Manufacturing and Research Hub on Vaccine Diagnostic and Therapeutic’ on August 22-23, 2022. He on the one hand opined that expanding manufacturing is not easy.

“We appreciate the Government of Indonesia for bringing the manufacturing expansion initiative to the needs of Covid-19 through the G20. But, we remind you that this is not easy. Some developed countries in the G20 reject the TRIPS Waiver proposal, which can overcome intellectual property barriers for COVID products. For this reason, we must be firm, especially urging developed countries in the G20 to commit to humanity and stop prioritizing profit over humanity,” said Agung Prakoso, one of C20 VAHWG Coordinators.

Lanz Espacio, C20 member of the People’s Vaccine Alliance Asia, confirmed that Big Pharma like Pfizer, BioNTech, and Moderna actually make more than 4 million dollars in one hour just from vaccine profits. Yet more than 100 billion dollars of public funds have been invested into pharmaceutical companies for the development and production of vaccines.

            Lastly, Daniel Marguari, one of VAHWG Coordinators, sharply stated that the G20 momentum is the right momentum for the Government to re-engage with civil society. “With time remaining before the G20 Summit, we ask that our voices be heard by the G20, given the opportunity to speak in the discussion and implemented well by the G20 countries,”

writers: Ah Maftuchan, Agung Prakoso, Sita Mellia

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