G20 lead-in gets underway with C20 Summit

Global civil society will come together in Melbourne in June for the C20 Summit which is the first of the lead-in G20 ‘satellite’ conferences to debate policy suggestions to be put to the G20.

The C20 Summit on 20-21 June, will refine and endorse the specific policy issues and solutions civil society wants the G20 to consider when it meets in Brisbane in November.

The C20 (or ‘Civil Society 20′) brings community voices to the G20 as the world’s leaders face massive challenges including fostering sustainable, inclusive growth. In a world where there is increasing inequality within and between countries, the C20’s primary aim is to ensure that people are put at the centre of G20 decision making.

Delegates chairing discussions or speaking at the event include senior representatives of the leading NGOs including World Vision, ACOSS, WWF, Oxfam, Transparency International and the National Council of Churches, as well as international speakers across the four key policy issues of:
• Inclusive Growth and Employment;
• Infrastructure;
• Climate & Sustainability; and
• Governance.

Who: Politicians, policy-makers, civil society leaders and advocates including:

• Hon Julie Bishop MP: Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs
• Hon Tanya Plibersek MP: Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development
• Hon Kevin Andrews MP: Minister for Social Services
• Huguette Labelle: Chair, Transparency International
• Sharan Burrow: General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
• Tim Costello: Australia’s C20 Steering Committee Chair and World Vision Australia CEO
• Cassandra Goldie: CEO, Australian Council of Social Service
• Gillian Triggs: President, Human Rights Commission

When: 20-21 June 2014
Where: Melbourne University, Parkville

For more information on the C20 and the full list of Summit speakers go to: www.c20.org.au

Media enquiries: John Lindsay, Media & Communications Manager, C20 Secretariat Tel 0423 456 046 email [email protected]