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G20 Civil Russia

Civil society represented by grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, academics and other actors significantly contributes to transparency, review and evaluation processes as well as to monitoring the outcomes and commitments of the G-20.  Dialogue with civil society and consideration of their opinions and recommendations is crucial to give G20 decisions greater legitimacy and ensure that they have the desired consequences on all sectors of society. The Russian Federation values the role of civil society in the processes of transparency, analysis and evaluation of public policy.


The Civil20 as a structured approach to civil society engagement in G20 policy dialogue was first created  under the Russian Presidency in 2013. The Civil20 undertook a wide range of consultations with various groups and organizations of civil society with the aim to develop consolidated policy recommendations for the G20 Leaders at the Summit in St Petersburg.

Civil20 was an integral part of the external communication strategy under the Russian G20 presidency (outreach dialogue), which consisted of getting other international organizations, trade unions, big businesses, youth, foundations, research institutes, and non-governmental organizations involved in developing the G20 summit agenda and final decisions. Russia placed high value on the role of civil society in promoting transparency, analysis, and evaluation of public policies.

Since 2009 the Russian G20 Sherpa office has supported the process of permanent consultations with Civil Society working on the issue related to G20 agenda and initiated Russian G8/G20 NGOs Working Group.

In order to streamline the process of outreach with civil society during the Russian Presidency the Russian G8/20 NGO Working Group has established a secretariat responsible for organizing the consultation process and Civil-20 Summit. Russian G8/G20 NGO Working Group officially represents Russia in the Global G8/G20 Civil Society Working Group since 2008.


 It is proposed by the civil society organizations that the work of the Civil-20 during the G20 Russian Presidency will focus on the pertinent topics which are of relevance to civil society with a view to making substantive contributions to policy formulation based on the civil society assessment of the main agenda and issues of the St. Petersburg Summit. 

For each of the topics selected the working group is established: 

  • Group 1 - Food Security
  • Group 2 – Anti-corruption
  • Group 3 – Post MDGs
  • Group 4 – Financial Inclusion and Financial Education
  • Group 5 – Environmental Sustainability and Energy
  • Group 6 – Jobs and Employment
  • Group 7 – Global Financial Architecture  
  • Civil20 Society Task Force on Equity

Calendar of Events

Throughout the 2012-2013 the number of events will be organized:

  • December 11-13th 2012 the Civil G20 Conference “G20 Civil Society Vision for the Russian Presidency”
  • December 12th, 2012 Launch of the Report on G20 implementation of Key Decisions Made by G20 Leader
  • December 13th, 2012 1st Meeting of Civil Troika under Russian Presidency
  • March, 2013 2nd Meeting of Civil Troika under Russian Presidency
  • April, 2013 consolidated recommendations from Global Civil Society presented to Sherpas and G20 Working Groups.
  • June, 2013 Launch of Thematic report “Sustained and Balanced Growth Requires Equitable Policies”
  • June 13-14, 2013 Civil 20 Summit. Moscow.
  • October 2013, Summary of Civil 20 Outcomes in 2013, recommendations for Civil 20 during Australian Presidency in 2014.

Expected outputs

During the Russian Presidency of the G20 the G8/G20 NGOs will produce following documents to be considered during the preparatory process to G20 Leaders Summit in St. Petersburg.

All relevant information about civil society engagement under G20 Russian Presidency can be found at or