Jakarta (ANTARA) – Civil 20 (C20), one of the official engagement groups of the G20, has urged G20 leaders to integrate into their agenda attention to issues that affect people’s daily lives and to take the necessary measures.
The C20 calls on G20 leaders to reaffirm their commitment to leave no one behind during the current post-pandemic world transition period which has severely affected people around the world, especially citizens of poor and developing countries, said noted the Group in a written statement received here on Friday.
C20 provides a platform for civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world to express people’s aspirations to the G20 world leaders. The C20 engages over 800 civil society representatives and networks from diverse countries beyond the G20 members.
According to the group, Indonesia’s G20 presidency holds the fate of people around the world, including the poor in low- and middle-income countries.
“The pandemic has pushed at least 20 million people into extreme poverty. This is in addition to the 82.4 million people who have been forcibly displaced and the 161 million people who must suffer from acute food shortages. We must ask us if the G20 has heard the voices of the people to address the multidimensional crisis around the world,” he said.
The C20 underlined that the status quo is no longer viable to face the challenges of increasing global systemic risks. The links between the health and economic crisis, social conflicts, environmental devastation and climate change hinder the achievement of global development and exacerbate resource access gaps and inequalities between countries while coping with post- pandemic.
Therefore, the C20 encouraged Indonesia’s G20 Presidency to represent developing countries and the power of southern countries, as well as to come up with an agenda that has a close impact on people’s daily lives.
Also, the G20 policy-making process could have been more transparent. Implementation of commitments remains a challenge and priority issues continue to be discussed without sufficient input from the groups that are most affected by the recommended policy outcomes.
“We call on G20 countries to match their rhetoric with action and deliver on their promises in a meaningful way, because the world has waited too long for this kind of leadership,” said the coordinator of the anti-corruption task force of the C20, Dadang Trisasongko.
The pandemic has caused setbacks for vulnerable groups, as 1.6 billion learners and 73% of young people aged 18-29 have been affected by post-pandemic circumstances to access quality learning for the education, training and employment in 112 countries, according to C20.
Particular attention should also be given to girls, students with disabilities, those in disaster areas who face double risk and other marginalized children and young people, he said.
Moreover, the education sector still faces a digital divide. Learners without access or with limited access are still being left behind and this issue remains unresolved. As the quality of education deteriorates and digitalization processes have accelerated the transformation of the labor market, young people will find it difficult to adapt to the future of work, given the “skills gaps”.
Amid the alarming democratic backsliding facing the world today, the G20 Presidency must also pay serious attention to the issue of civic space.
Therefore, the C20 draws attention to the global phenomenon of shrinking space that affects civil liberty in all countries.
“Among the G20 members, only two countries are in the open civic space. Meanwhile, the others, which make up more than half of the world’s population, are either being shrunk, obstructed, repressed or closed,” said the C20 Civic Space Sub-Working Group. said the group’s coordinator, Gita Damayana.
The C20 Task Force on Vaccine Access and Global Health reminded the G20, as the 20 largest economies, that any legitimate decision will influence and impact the global community.
The Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) promoted by the G20 should focus on tackling existing inequalities to prevent future pandemics by prioritizing rights-based, transformative and people-centered approaches.
The governing body of the IFF should represent countries that are strongly representative of low-income countries (LICs) and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as communities and civil society.
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“The Indonesian G20 Presidency must be able to address social, economic, health, environmental, humanitarian and educational issues through adequate and quality development and humanitarian funding, finance and tax justice, aid to debt settlement in poor countries and gender equality Many people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) rely on the leadership of the G20,” remarked C20 Chair Sugeng Bahagijo.
In doing so, he considered it important to urge the G20 to listen to the voice of the people, to be transparent in policy-making processes and to generate policies that take a rights-based approach to reducing international disparities in gaps in global economic recovery that prioritize vulnerable groups, women, children, youth, people with disabilities, migrant workers and people at risk of economic instability, inequality and climate crisis.
Finally, the C20 calls on G20 leaders to pay greater attention and draw concrete actions to overcome the daily problems at the grassroots.
“Openness to involve and engage with civil society in every G20 process determines whether or not the G20 has taken into consideration the aspirations and voices of global citizens,” the civil group said.
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