G20 Development Working Group prepares documents for consideration at the Leaders’ Summit

Today and tomorrow, representatives from G20 member and guest countries are meeting in Buenos Aires to discuss early childhood development, sustainable habitat and inclusive business. Pedro Villagra Delgado, the Argentine G20 Sherpa, took part in the opening session.

With an agenda centred on equality and inclusion, the Third Meeting of the G20 Development Working Group (DWG) started today in Buenos Aires. The goal of the two-day meeting is to prepare documents to be submitted to the G20 sherpas for their consideration at the Leaders’ Summit on 30 November and 1 December.

“In the past, development was only an issue for developing countries. Nowadays it is not. Even in the most advanced countries, people are suffering from some lack of development,” said Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s G20 Sherpa, at the opening session in the CCK. “We need better policies for people, but also for growth and for the economy,” he added.

Santiago Sueiro, the group’s chair, said: “We believe that through dialogue we can really contribute and build consensus on new actions on different global issues. This year, the DWG is trying to lead actions that are people-centred, driving efforts for reducing inequalities.”

Over the course of the meeting – the last of its kind after the meetings in April in Buenos Aires and in July in Tucumán – representatives from G20 member and guest countries, as well as experts from international organizations, will work on three areas – early childhood development, sustainable habitat and inclusive business – always from a gender perspective. They will also address the continuity of the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda, bringing together the commitments and collective actions agreed under the Argentine G20 presidency.

The DWG also expects to agree on the “G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative,” an issue being addressed by the G20 for the first time. The initiative underscores the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, which are key for mental and physical development, and to break the cycle of structural poverty and inequality.

With respect to inclusive business – an issue related to the future of work, one of the priorities of the Argentine G20 presidency for this year – participants will try to approve the “G20 Call on Financing for Inclusive Business” Inclusive businesses can act as vehicles for labour insertion and social inclusion by integrating those who have been left out by changes in labour markets around the world, particularly women, young people and rural communities.

The DWG will also work on a document entitled “G20 High Level Principles on Sustainable Habitat through Regional Planning,” which is aimed at improving social cohesion and inclusion, promoting inclusive economic growth and creating sustainable and resilient environments. It recognizes the importance of coordinating regional policies at different governmental levels that involve civil society and the private sector, always with a gender perspective.

Participants will also work on the “Buenos Aires Update” of the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda. The update report contains the commitments and collective actions agreed under the Argentine G20 presidency in both the Sherpa and Finance Tracks, and analyses their impact on the Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Development Working Group

After the last global financial crisis and its impact on both developed and developing countries, G20 leaders recognized that to achieve solid, sustainable and fair growth, it was necessary to strengthen the role of developing countries, particularly low-income countries.

In this context, the Development Working Group (DWG) was created in 2010 to bolster the G20’s role in sustainable development and ensure a more robust and resilient global economy for all.

During previous presidencies, the DWG addressed issues such as infrastructure, food security, financial inclusion and global trade, among others.