Putting people at the heart of its agenda, the G20 Development Working Group meets in Tucumán

Over the course of the second meeting of the group this year, officials will discuss early childhood development, sustainable habitat and inclusive business. The Argentine G20 Sherpa, Pedro Villagra Delgado, attended the opening.

The G20 Development Working Group (DWG) began its official activities today in Tucumán, in the north-western part of Argentina, with an agenda focused on people. Over the two-day meeting, representatives from G20 member and guest countries, as well as experts from international organizations, will work on three main priorities – early childhood development, sustainable habitat and inclusive business – always from a gender perspective.

“Within the priorities of Argentina, early childhood development is a critical issue that has a significant macroeconomic impact on the future,” said Pedro Villagra Delgado, the Argentine G20 Sherpa, in his opening remarks at the Sheraton Hotel in San Miguel de Tucumán. “Considering the future of work, education plays a crucial role. For that you need people more capable than ever before,” he added.

Meanwhile, Santiago Sueiro, the DWG’s chair, said that the purpose of the meeting was to “lead actions that are people-centred, aiming all our efforts towards empowering people, reducing inequalities, achieving development in all its dimensions and fostering gender equality.”

Created in 2010 to strengthen the role of developing countries, the DWG will focus on the three areas agreed upon during its last meeting in Buenos Aires in April. As regards early childhood development, the working group will promote investment in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, a key phase in their mental and physical development, to ensure higher standards of life, lower social expenditure and greater equality. The group will also encourage regional planning for urban, suburban and rural areas, to ensure more sustainable habitats. Finally, the group will discuss inclusive business and the financing of innovative business models that incorporate people from the poorest sectors of society into their value chains.

The DWG will address these three priorities focusing on issues such as gender equality and inclusion. In this sense, the group’s approved documents will call for collective actions to reduce the gender gap and ensure equal opportunities for both men and women.

Additionally, the agenda includes meetings with G20 engagement groups and a session to continue working on the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda by compiling the commitments and collective actions agreed upon from both the Sherpa and Finance Tracks of the Argentine G20 presidency.

After this second meeting in Tucumán, the working group will meet once more in Córdoba on 27–28 September to reach a final consensus and approve the documents that will later be presented to the G20 sherpas for final approval at the Leaders’ Summit.

 

About the Development Working Group

After the last global financial crisis and its impact on both developed and developing countries, G20 leaders recognized that to achieve solid, sustainable and fair growth, it was necessary to strengthen the role of developing countries, particularly low-income countries.

In this context, the Development Working Group was created in 2010 to bolster the G20’s role in sustainable development and ensure a more robust and resilient global economy for all.

During previous presidencies, the DWG addressed issues such as infrastructure, food security, financial inclusion and global trade, among others.