C20 kicks off in Buenos Aires

The Civil 20 convenes civil society organizations from around the world on the sidelines of the G20 and provides policy recommendations to G20 leaders.

The civil society engagement group known as the C20 officially began its agenda today for the Argentine G20 in an event attended by several international experts.

Taking place in the Retiro neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, the event commenced with the opening words of Hugo Wortman Jofré, President of Poder Ciudadano, the Argentine NGO that is chairing the C20 2018, and René Mauricio Valdez, resident coordinator of the United Nations in Argentina.

As Argentina has recently taken the presidency of the G20, the official handover of the C20 was presided over by Argentina’s G20 Sherpa, Pedro Villagra Delgado; Jürgen Maier, chair of the C20 2017; and Pablo Secchi, Executive Director of Poder Ciudadano, C20 2018 chair.

“The C20 is one of the most important engagement groups because it represents civil society from all G20 members. We know that it will be inclusive and represent diverse viewpoints so as to create a better G20,” assured Villagra Delgado.

C20 chair Secchi spoke of the role he projected for the group: “The voice of civil society from around the world must be heard so that public policies are developed for citizens themselves. We encourage all organizations to participate.”

Outgoing C20 chair Jürgen Maier concurred. “The best ideas come from civil society itself, and are then implemented by the public sector. Democracy means generating ideas not for the few, but for everyone.”

Later came the panel titled The G20: A Platform of Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Agenda, composed of Mauricio Alice, Argentine G20 Sous Sherpa; Laura Jaitman, Argentine Finance Deputy; Anthony Gooch, OECD Director of Public Affairs & Communications, Steve Price-Thomas, Oxfam International representative to the G20, and René Mauricio Valdez of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The panel was moderated by Gabriel Bottino, also of the UNDP.