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  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2013
  • SAIIA Online Briefing: G20 2013: Overview
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  • In this special series of podcasts we focus on the upcoming Group of 20 or G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013.

    SAIIA speaks to Catherine Grant Makokera, head of SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme, about the relevance of the G20 and specifically for Africa. The questions we asked included:

    1) SAIIA and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria have set up a project called Global Economic Governance Africa. What is it this project aims to do by looking at G-20 processes specifically?

    2) As the only African nation South Africa seems to have a big responsibility to African views and interests even though it does not formally represent the continent. How would you explain South Africa's role in the G-20 at present?

    3) Now depending on who you speak to the words 'the politics of consensus" usually comes up when we talk about multilateral forums. Can a forum like the G-20 facilitate consensus building in the bigger multilateral space? Especially in the World Trade Organisation, for example?

    4) How does South Africa's membership of the BRICS grouping factor into its G-20 membership - or is this even relevant?

    5) And what about criticism that the G-20 process is often overshadowed by the G-7 agenda?

    This is part of a special series of G20 video interviews by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). For the full list of SAIIA podcasts and video interviews visit http://www.saiia.org.za/type/multimedia
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2013
  • SAIIA Online Briefing: G20 2013: What to expect?
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  • In this special series of podcasts we focus on the upcoming Group of 20 or G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013.

    SAIIA speaks to Peter Draper, Senior Research Fellow with SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme, about what to expect from this year's G20 Summit. The questions we asked included:

    1) You were invited to what was called the Think20 last year ahead of Russia hosting the G-20 this year. Tell us about the Think20 and what it aims to do?

    2) As we look ahead towards the G-20 summit in Russia, many are questions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of trying to managing global economic issues through the G-20. What is at the root of this debate?

    3) Your expertise is the multilateral trade system and you have many times declared the Doha Development Round all but dead. What is the role of the G-20 (if it has a role at all) in resuscitating the Doha Agenda/negotiations at the World Trade Organization?

    4) As we look ahead at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg in September, what are some of the things you think will emerge at the G-20 summit?

    This is part of a special series of G20 video interviews by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). For the full list of SAIIA podcasts and video interviews visit http://www.saiia.org.za/type/multimedia
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2013
  • SAIIA Online Briefing: G20 2013: Labour20
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  • In this special series of podcasts we look ahead at Group of 20 or G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg, Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013.

    As host this year, Russia solicited views of from various groups such as the youth, civil society business and think tanks; for inclusion in the bigger G-20 process. Another sector included this year was that of labour. In July 2013, the Labour 20 meeting in Russia, brought together union representatives from around the world. South Africa's labour federation called the Congress of South African Trade Unions or Cosatu was present at that meeting.

    We speak to Bongani Masuku, Cosatu's international secretary on what the Labour 20 meeting aims to do. We ask him:

    1) What is your sense of Russia using its G20 presidency to promote discussions on labour issues ahead of the G20 summit?

    2) Globally, the labour market is under pressure and it is central to bigger debates on global financial recovery which is exactly what the G20 aims to address. How were these issues addressed at the Labour 20 forum?

    3) There have been concerns that the G20 agenda might be overshadowed by the G8 agenda. Is this a legitimate concern?

    4) What happens after the Labour 20? Will these issues actually feed into the bigger G-20 agenda?

    This is part of a special series of G20 video interviews by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). For the full list of SAIIA podcasts and video interviews visit http://www.saiia.org.za/type/multimedia
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2013
  • SAIIA Online Briefing: G20 2013: Youth20
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  • In this special series of podcasts we focus on the upcoming Group of 20 or G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013.

    As host this year, Russia has made attempts to include views from sectors such as the youth, civil society, business and think tanks. In mid-June 2013, organisations from around the world met in Russia for what would become the first Civil 20 meeting. Also known as the C20, this meeting was aimed at influencing the bigger G-20 agenda under Russia's presidency.

    Marianne Buenaventura Goldman is the Governance Advisor from Oxfam, based in Johannesburg, and attended the C20 this year. We asked her:

    1) What exactly is the Civil 20?

    2) A process such as the Civil 20 must be quite complicated, especially since it involves organisations from around the world. What was your experience at the C20?

    3) There were a range of issues and a range of working groups looking at various issues. What issues emerged for you?

    4) Is there a role for civil society in the G-20 process?


    This is part of a special series of G20 video interviews by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). For the full list of SAIIA podcasts and video interviews visit http://www.saiia.org.za/type/multimedia
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2013
  • SAIIA Online Briefing: G20 2013: Civil20
  • Listen:
  • In this special series of podcasts we focus on the upcoming Group of 20 or G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013. As host this year, Russia has made attempts to include views from sectors such as the youth, civil society, business and think tanks. In mid-June 2013, organisations from around the world met in Russia for what would become the first Civil 20 meeting. Also known as the C20, this meeting was aimed at influencing the bigger G-20 agenda under Russia's presidency.

    Marianne Buenaventura Goldman is the Governance Advisor from Oxfam, based in Johannesburg, and attended the C20 this year. We asked her:

    1) What exactly is the Civil 20?
    2) A process such as the Civil 20 must be quite complicated, especially since it involves organisations from around the world. What was your experience at the C20?
    3) There were a range of issues and a range of working groups looking at various issues. What issues emerged for you?
    4) Is there a role for civil society in the G-20 process?

    This is part of a special series of G20 video interviews by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). For the full list of SAIIA podcasts and video interviews visit http://www.saiia.org.za/type/multimedia
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