Surrounded by journalists and international experts in a press round, and followed by a launching event with Civil Society Organizations, the great challenge of the Civil 20 (C20) has officially begun.
In December 11th and 12th 2017, the Civil Affinity Group 20 presented its working agenda under the new Argentine presidency of the G20, providing an exclusive press round for journalists at UNDP offices, holding the so-called kick-off event at the Institute of the Foreign Service of the Nation.
In the presence of international representatives and experts, the symbolic handover ceremony was hosted by the Sherpa of Argentina for the G20, Pedro Villagra Delgado, with the chair of C20 2017, Jürgen Maier, and Pablo Secchi, chair of C20 2018, starting the working agenda of civil society within the framework of the G20.
With opening words by the President of Poder Ciudadano, Hugo Wortman Jofré, and René Mauricio Valdez, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and representative of the UNDP in Argentina, the event invited all the attendees to expose expectations and challenges concerning this new chapter of work.
Emphasizing the inclusion of every Social Organization that might want to participate in the working groups, Pablo Secchi added: “The voice of civil society from all over the world has to be expressed and taken into account so that the results of public policies reach the citizens. We invite all organizations to come.”
To conclude the meeting, the conference “The G20: A Platform of Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Agenda” was held, integrated by Mauricio Alice, sous-sherpa of the G20; Laura Jaitman, Deputy Finance Officer; Anthony Gooch, from the OECD; Steve Price-Thomas, from Oxfam; and René Mauricio Valdez, from UNDP.
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