Civil Society (C20)

The C20 aims to ensure that world leaders pay attention to the recommendations and demands of organized civil society. The goal is to promote environmental protection, boost social and economic development and ensure human rights.

About the C20

The C20 seeks positive results for society as a whole, under the principle of economic justice, and focuses on effective financial means and efficient resource allocation to achieve these results. The principle is "leave no one behind". In this way, the group seeks to ensure greater balance in the dialogue with the G20, being a space that works to ensure that civil society has the same level of access to governments as representatives of the economic sectors.

Thus, in addition to working towards greater G20 accountability – a set of practices used by managers to render accounts and carry out social control – the C20 is home to organizations dedicated to developing innovative solutions, and is an important long-term contributor to both the Sherpas Track and the Finance Track. 

The C20 in Brasil will be structured into ten working groups, which represent its strategic agendas and priorities. These are:

Fair, inclusive and anti-racist economies
Food Systems, Hunger and Poverty
Environment, Climate Justice and Just Energy Transition
Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Disaster Risk Reduction
Integrated Health for All People
Education and Culture
Digitization and Technology
Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Philanthropy and Sustainable Development
Democratic Governance, Civic Space, Anti-Corruption and Access to Justice

Gender equality, anti-racism, human rights and disability, as cross-cutting themes, will be taken into account in all the group's actions, from its governance to its recommendations.


The C20 was formalized as an official G20 engagement group in 2013, during the Russian presidency of the Group, and has grown stronger every year. In the Brazilian presidency, the Sherpa of the C20 is the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Gestos, which works to defend the rights of people who are HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) positive and those vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The NGO has been following G20 activities since 2011.

In 2018, for example, at the C20 in Argentina, Gestos contributed to the final civil society text and, in India in 2023, it also became part of the troika - a trio of members made up of the previous, current and subsequent presidents of the group.

The Brazilian Association of NGOs (ABONG) has also been following the Group of 20 more closely in recent years, having been a member of the IAC of the C20 India. In the C20 Brasil, Gestos functions as Sherpa and vice-president, while ABONG acts as president and occupies another vice-presidency.

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