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This article outlines what US hostility towards multilateralism might mean for the G20 Summit in Hamburg. Nancy Alexander points to three areas of concern: a possible shift of geopolitical alliances, disputes over a new course of global economy, and the future of sustainable development worldwide.

This publication reviews the possible approaches that the German G20 and financial institutions should consider in order to ensure that infrastructure is climate compatible and socially beneficial.
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The G20 is promoting a new investment paradigm for itself and inviting the world to follow suit. What are the stated G20 goals and commitments in relation to this topic? What does “investment” mean? What is the progress so far and what are the challenges in relation to this topic? What is the desired future direction of the G20 with respect to the topic?

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

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The scale of the infrastructure and PPP initiative championed by the G20’s national and multilateral banks could privatize gains and socialize losses on a massive scale. The G20 should take steps to ensure that this scenario does not unfold.

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 5 Things to Know about the Group of 20 (G20). 

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Intro

This program monitors and encourages citizens’ participation in power shifts and trends that shape economic governance, such as:

--The West and the institutions it leads (e.g., the World Bank) face greater competition. Emerging market countries, their existing and new institutions (e.g., the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) and state-owned enterprises are gaining clout.

--Transnational corporations exert more influence (relative to governments and citizens) over governance, especially trade and investment rules.

--Regional institutions and “club governance” [for instance, the Group of 20 (G20), the Group of 7 (G7) and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa)] play bolder roles in global governance.

These trends are especially evident in the race to build infrastructure (e.g., energy, transport, water) to access natural resources and markets. The program explicitly encourages citizens’ participation in developing infrastructure and investment rules that serve humanity and the planet in sustainable ways.

G20 Dossiers

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