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Brisbane: 6 out of 10

November 19, 2014

Great blog by Tearfund’s Melissa Lawson reflecting on last week’s G20 Summit

Tearfund's Policy Blog

So the Brisbane G20 Summit is over.  It was a fascinating Summit to follow, with discussions on how to grow G20 economies by 2.1%, ebola, climate change (not Mr Abbott’s favourite topic, but with external pressure it was at least mentioned) and Mr Putin leaving the Summit early after frank conversations about the Ukraine.

I was following the Summit to see how G20 leaders responded to Tearfund’s Secret’s Out campaign, which called for action by G20 leaders on corruption – particularly in the extractives sector.  So what actually happened and what was agreed?

www.g20.org/news/photo_gallery G20 Australia

  • The final G20 Communique was short and sweet.  From a corruption perspective, it included an endorsement of high-level principles on beneficial ownership (ie countries will gather data on who actually owns and controls companies), but G20 leaders failed to include a commitment to make this information available to the public.  So progress, but still…

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