History of the G20 & BRICS

History of the G20 & BRICS: 2010 - 2015

From 2010 - 2015, the Heinrich Böll Foundation published a quarterly newsletter, the “G20-BRICS Update,” on the G20 Summit processes and outcomes with special emphasis on the contributions to the processes by civil society organizations.

G20-BRICS Update #18 - The Fossil Fools Troika


The February 2014 "G20-BRICS Update" features articles on the Australian G20 Presidency by Senator Christine Milne and Alan Alexandroff; articles on the BRICS by Graciela Rodriguez and Oliver Stuenkel (Brazil) and Vitaliy Kartamyshev (Russia); and reviews of work by Jayati Ghosh and Observer Research Foundation (India).

G20-BRICS Update #17 - G20 Growthcery

At the September 2013 G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Leaders faced
conflicts relating to the Syrian crisis and decelerating global growth and,
particularly, the role of the monetary policies of advanced countries,
especially the U.S., in destabilizing developing country ́s economies.

G20 Update #15 - Russia's G20 Priorities

This issue features articles on  the G20 exclusion of African perspectives, the story of Russia’s CivilG8–2006 Project, the parade of “20” meetings, the G20’s Anti-Corruption Working Group and includes a “knowledge box” on “The `Enough’ Campaign and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

G20 Update #14 - The New G20 Troika

On December 1, 2012, the G20 welcomed its new leadership “troika”– Russia, Mexico, and Australia – the current, past and future presidents, respectively. The Russian G20 Presidency has announced its priorities for the 2013 Summit.G20 Sherpas, or presidential aides, will meet in Moscow in mid-December. At the same time, civil society, think tanks, and business leaders will gather to hammer out recommendations to present to the Sherpas.

G20 Update #11 - Occupy G20?

The G8 and G20 Summits, which will be held on May 18-19 and June 18-19, respectively, are both being held in remote locations. When the original venue of the G8 Summit was Chicago (just prior to the May 20 NATO Summit in Chicago), major “Occupy” protests were being organized. Then, President Obama decided to move the G8 Summit to Camp David, his presidential retreat in the mountains of the U.S. state of Maryland.

G20 Update #9 - Leadership Transition

The French Presidency of the G20 began the year with sweeping ambitions of overhauling global governance. But now, on the eve of the Summit, its greatest accomplishment may be a more or less convincing plan to save the Eurozone.The latest newsletter on "EU financial reforms" by SOMO and WEED, provides important perspectives on EU and G20 approaches to the crisis.

G20 Update #8 - Breaking News

Harvard Professor Dani Rodrik uses the graph (below) to illustrate the “great divergence” between Western economies which struggle with crushing debt burdens and political paralyses, on the one hand, and the economic dynamism of developing nations. Emerging market countries want their economic dynamism to translate into political muscle, including at the IMF.

G20 Update #6

Historically, Summit agendas have a way of being hijacked by current events and the 2011 Summits will be no exception. On May 26-27, the G8 Summit can be expected to address threats in the Middle East, especially Libya; in the Eurozone (where sovereign debt ratings for Spain and Portugal have been downgraded), and in Japan. Some G20 Leaders want the G8 to die a quiet death; they perceive G8 Leaders “pre-cooking” outcomes for their Summit, which is not until November. Meanwhile, as events unfold, the G8 and G20 Ministers and working groups continue to work in parallel.

G20 Update #5


In this edition of the newsletter we cover a wide array of issue-areas and opinions:

1) Kirk Herbertson of World Resources Institute and Nancy Alexander of HBS look at the G20 as a standard setter and ask whether it could push for the internalization of environmental and human rights impacts in order to lead to better investment decision-making.


2) Nancy Alexander looks at the implications of the G20 for global governance.

3) Marta Benavides introduces the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) and the important role of increased civil society involvement in the G20 process.

4) Ilcheong Yi of UNRISD discusses the financial transaction tax and its link to social security.

5) Karen Hansen-Kuhn of IATP gives an update on the on-going discussion within the G20 on commodity and food price volatility, a topic that certainly will remain on the top of the global agenda in 2011.

G20 Update #1.2


From Toronto to Seoul. A quick review of the Toronto Summit and a look ahead to Korea’s presidency of the G20 with a distinct focus on development issues