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Research centers offer independent analysis of the implementation of the G20 decisions

The report, which provides an independent analysis of the G20 activities, has been initiated and produced by the international network of scholars under the leadership of the International Organizations Research Institute of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (IORI HSE) and the G20 Research Group of the University of Toronto in the run-up to the Russia's G20 Presidency in 2013.

The report reviews G20 members' implementation of the commitments made at the G20 summits on seven priority areas of the G20 cooperation. These include implementation of the commitments on structural reforms and overcoming imbalances, reform of international financial institutions and financial markets regulation. The analysis includes an assessment of compliance with the commitments to resist protectionism and to rationalize and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The analysis of development commitments includes an evaluation of the decisions in key areas agreed at the 2010 Seoul Summit. These cover infrastructure, private investment and job creation, human resource development, trade, financial inclusion, growth with resilience, food security, domestic resource mobilization and knowledge sharing.

To stimulate the dialogue on the G20's future agenda, each section and respective pieces of the executive summary conclude with recommendations for the G20's future actions. The recommendations are also summed up in a separate section for the readers' convenience.

The monitoring timeframe spans the period from the first adoption of a decision to October 31, 2012. Where there have been changes in the commitments observed, those changes are summarized. The analysis of implementation is based on official documents issued by international organizations and the G20 countries, media reports and other publicly available information.

The authors welcome any comments and possible additions. Indeed, scores can be recalibrated if new material becomes available. All feedback remains anonymous. Responsibility for this report's contents lies exclusively with the authors and analysts of the IORI HSE and their partners at the G20 Research Group.

The report has been produced with support of the Russian International Affairs Council and the United Nations Development Programme.

Executive Summary

Talking points for presentation to the G20 sherpas

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Presentation