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Hamburg Update: Taking Forward the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

July 8, 2017, Hamburg
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At the summit in Hangzhou in 2016, G20 framed its political commitment to show leadership in achieving sustainable development worldwide and in contributing to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by adopting the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. G20 collective actions are framed around Sustainable Development Sectors (SDS) and are intended to be updated and adapted to reflect successive G20 presidency priorities, emerging needs, lessons and challenges.[1]

The Hamburg Update is a first step for putting the Action Plan and its nature as a living document into practice and making the collective and concrete G20 actions more visible. The Hamburg Update reaffirms and strengthens the content of the Action Plan and its High Level Principles. It is guided by the strong conviction that coordination and policy coherence on G20 work contribute to sustainable development outcomes across all G20 work streams and therefore need to be ensured and strengthened.

The Action Plan, including the High Level Principles, contributes to the global efforts for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda, comprising the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development (AAAA). This has been an important step for sustainable development worldwide and constitutes a central foundation for further aligning the G20 agenda across working groups and work streams with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The commitments that were announced and which pertain to sustainable development signify the resolve of the G20 members to turn this plan into action. The successful implementation of these intended actions can bring us closer to the realization of the SDGs. Nevertheless, many challenges remain to be addressed.

G20 is building on that foundation. In taking forward the G20 Action Plan and building on our past commitments, the Hamburg Update reflects the priorities of the German presidency – resilience, sustainability, responsibility – and continues G20 efforts of leading by example to implement the 2030 Agenda. To this aim, the Update also honors our commitment to develop forward-looking comprehensive and concrete actions that contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The Sustainable Development Sectors of the G20 Action Plan are intrinsically linked to people's well-being, correlate with our planet, enable prosperity and foster peace and partnership (2030 Agenda's 5Ps). G20 leaders support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the G20 Hangzhou Action Plan and efforts leading to achieving the SDGs and AAAA.

Guided by each presidency, we will continue to take forward the Action Plan by agreeing upon and implementing comprehensive and concrete collective actions. Facilitated by G20 work streams in coordination with the Development Working Group (DWG), we aim to strengthen the integration of medium- and long-term approaches to sustainable development in G20 work programs. The list of comprehensive and concrete actions will be updated by successive G20 presidencies. It refers to supporting documents adopted by G20 leaders and ministerial meeting communiqués. While every G20 work stream remains responsible for implementing and tracking collective commitments within its remit, this list can serve as an up-to-date reference for future update reports.

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The 2017 priorities: Shaping an Interconnected World – Resilience, Sustainability and Responsibility

In 2017, global challenges have continued to rise and urgently require international cooperation if they are to be transformed into opportunities for everyone. We are committed to choose from all policy tools collectively and individually to achieve this goal, according to national capabilities.

Resilience, Sustainability, ResponsibilityWith its triad of resilience, sustainability and responsibility, the G20 program during the German presidency puts sustainable development in line with existing G20 commitments front and center. The scale of the transformations necessary to deliver on the Agenda is immense and G20 has committed to lead by example. We support the United Nations' follow-up and review process, led by the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) through expedited, high quality and regular Voluntary National Reviews (VNR). We will further establish a voluntary peer learning mechanism on the 2030 Agenda, to ensure continuous improvement of our approaches and to be able to share our experiences and lessons learned with other countries worldwide.

The role of G20 in achieving the 2030 Agenda objectives is central, but we cannot succeed alone. To lay the foundation of a continuous intense collaboration among stakeholders and G20, we convened a first workshop to discuss the active role and contribution of engagement groups in implementing the 2030 Agenda, with urbanization as a case study. Key messages of the workshop with engagement groups were:

The G20 DWG therefore commits to having a regular knowledge exchange with G20 engagement groups hosted by the G20 presidency, focusing on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including the promotion of multi-stakeholder approaches.

To further contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we have agreed upon the following concrete collective actions in Hamburg:

At the same time, the sheer magnitude of the 2030 Agenda requires an ever more coordinated response. Collective action aims at contributing to reducing economic, social, ecological and political risks and ensuring strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth – central pillars of the G20 agenda, which are reflected in the Action Plan. G20 continues to address the Sustainable Development Sectors as outlined below.

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Comprehensive and Concrete Actions toward Implementation according to the Sustainable Development Sectors of the G20 Action Plan for Sustainable Development (Status 2016)

Infrastructure

SDGs: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13
AAAA Paras: 14, 47
Work streams: International Financial Architecture Working Group and Development Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

SDGs: 2, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15
AAAA Paras: 13, 108, 121
Work streams: Agriculture Deputies and Development Working Group

Supporting Documents:

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Employment and Human Resource Development

SDGs: 4, 5, 8, 10
AAAA Paras: 16, 37, 41
Work streams: Employment Working Group and Development Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Financial Inclusion and Remittances

SDGs: 1,8,10
AAAA Paras: 39, 40
Work stream: Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Domestic Resource Mobilization

SDG: 17
AAAA Paras: 22, 23, 27-29
Work streams: Finance Deputies and Development Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Industrialization

SDG: 9
AAAA Paras: 15, 45
Work streams: Task Force on Digital Economy and Development Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting document:

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Inclusive Business

SDGs: 1,8,10, 17
AAAA Paras: 16, 35, 36, 37
Work stream: Development Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Energy

SDGs: 7, 12, 13
AAAA Paras: 31, 49
Work stream: Sustainability Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Trade and Investment

SDGs: 8, 10, 17
AAAA Paras: 80-82, 85
Work stream: Trade and Investment Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Anti-Corruption

SDG: 16
AAAA Paras: 20, 25, 30
Work stream: Anti-Corruption Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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International Financial Architecture

SDGs: 10, 17
AAAA Paras: 33, 70, 75, 103, 105-107, 109
Work stream: International Financial Architecture Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Growth Strategies

SDGs: 1, 8, 10
AAAA Paras: 4, 105
Work stream: Framework Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Climate and Green Finance

SDGs: 13, 15
AAAA Paras: 60-62
Work streams: Green Finance Study Group and Sustainability Working Group

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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Innovation

SDGs: 8, 9, 17
AAAA Paras: 114-124
Work stream Task Force on Digital Economy

Collective Actions:

Supporting Documents:

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G20 Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative Global Health

SDGs: 1, 3, 5
AAAA Para: 77
Work stream: Expert group

Collective Actions:


[1] The United States is still reviewing the collective actions that were supported by previous leadership, which are listed starting on page 6 of this document.


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Source: Official website of the German G20 presidency