Civil Society Involvement in G20 Indonesia 2022

The G20 Presidential Level Meeting just ended on 17 November 2022. In a strategic multilateral platform that connects countries with major economies in the world, the G20 has a strategic position in determining the future of global economic growth. This is because collectively, the members of the G20 represent more than 80% of the world’s economy, 75% of international trade, and 60% of the world’s population.

Starting in 1999 with meetings at the Minister of Finance and Central Bank Governor Levels, the G20 meetings became increasingly intense with annual summits attended by heads of state and heads of government. In 2022, Yayasan Anak Bangsa Merajut Harapan (Angsamerah Foundation), has the opportunity to become part of the G20 through the C20 meeting. For information, since 2013, C20 has been an engagement group, part of the G20.

Every year, C20 ensures that world leaders not only listen to the voices represented by governments and the business sector, but also involve civil society in making global policies that are equal, fair and balanced. The aim is to protect the environment and support social and economic development, human rights, with the principle of leaving no one behind (no one left behind).

As Chairperson of the Angsamerah Foundation, Kurnia Dwijayanto conveyed his aspirations on November 13, 2022 in Denpasar, Bali. “With the same vision and mission, Angsamerah supports the G20 through C20 in expanding health services that are friendly, focusing on client needs, high-quality and affordable. The way to do that is through the concept of Sociopreneurship as one of the sustainable solutions for Primary Health Services that are economically efficient.”

Talking about Angsamerah’s involvement in the Vaccine Access and Global Health working group at C20, Kurnia as one of the delegates, provided ideas and program access to models that could be duplicated and developed together, for organizations based on and directly led by civil society. The main goal is to form an independent and sustainable, transparent, reliable organization that provides space for active participation globally that gives and gains more access to political processes, involvement in global decision-making, to participation in implementation and monitoring that supports Universal Health Coverage.

“Not only the government and the business sector, civil organizations can also provide alternative solutions to fill the gaps in the challenges that occur. Mobilization of intersectoral resources, transparency and control over global health financing and investment can maximize prevention, preparedness and response to the current pandemic/endemic.”

The many examples of models that are sustainable, independent, transparent, accountable, and easily duplicated, will provide space for control and shared governance in decision-making at the global level, which are based on the values of equality and inclusivity, thereby providing greater and stronger engagement space for everyone, with no one left behind.

Focus on overcoming existing inequalities to prevent future pandemics, prioritizing transformative rights-based and human-centred approaches (which focus on equity and equal access), technology creation, knowledge transfer, to creating a larger ecosystem, in the development process , production and distribution of supplies, is one way to address global access inequality.

Clear operational timelines with deep involvement of donors, implementing governments, communities, and civil society organizations (as equal decision makers) in the selection of implementers, modalities for funding access, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, can increase value and reduce accountability gaps, transparency, and inclusiveness of global policy making.

No one is safe until everyone is safe. Airborne pandemics are not defined by borders in today’s globalized world. COVID-19 is still a pandemic and not an epidemic. We call on G20 leaders to work more closely together in global solidarity in addressing global health security.

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Translated by: Nadya Joan Sinda

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