6th Workshop organised and co-hosted by the OECD and the UNDP
The Covid-19 pandemic was a wake-up call. As highlighted by the UN Secretary General in his recent report “Our Common Agenda”, we are at a critical juncture in human history and “humanity faces a stark and urgent choice: breakdown or breakthrough.” There is no other viable option than strengthened and inclusive co-operation while we are globally off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. While the climate crisis is already hitting the most vulnerable, developing countries are confronted with the long-lasting socio-economic impact of pandemic and the related crisis. Leadership is required more than ever to ensure universal access to vaccines, deal with the legacy of the crisis and address the unprecedented development setbacks that are eradicating years of progress. The global community must work together to chart a course that accelerates the recovery and takes the world from multiple crises to global sustainable development in 2030 and beyond.
Three fundamental shifts are needed:
These changes should aim at addressing the broad range of vulnerabilities that the pandemic and crisis have exposed and building greater resilience to embark on just and fair transitions to sustainable development, and to leveraging all approaches of development co-operation, including north-south, south-south and triangular co-operation and partnerships with civil society, the private sector and foundations.
The 2030 Agenda remains the blueprint to advance towards a strong, inclusive and sustainable recovery, and revamped international co-operation is indispensable. Effective co-operation and collective action depend on a strong and effective multilateral framework for policy action and continuous involvement of all relevant stakeholders and non-state actors to ensure that all voices are heard. Having been elevated to its current form against the backdrop of the 2008 Financial Crisis, once again, the G20 is faced with disruptions of global proportions and once again the G20 can play a critical role in taking on the challenges of our time: paving the way for a global recovery on a more sustainable development path.
As previous editions of the workshop, the 6th edition in 2021 focused on providing a platform for reflection and engagement, bringing together DWG delegates with experts, representatives of non-G20 countries, G20 engagement groups, and other guests for mutual exchange and inspiration. The discussions highlighted the G20’s achievements and potential to take action in this time of crises towards a more sustainable and more inclusive form of globalisation.