EVENT 2019.04.15

Draft Agenda of C20 Summit is out now (21-23 April)

Day 1–Sun, 21 April 2019
“Tokyo Democracy Forum” at Sacred Heart Institute for Sustainable Futures

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:40 Opening
9:40-11:10 Plenary Session: Why is Transparency so Important for Democratic Governance?

1st Breakout Session (*4 sessions in parallel)

Session 1A: Civic Space in Asia
Despite global emphasis on citizens’ participation, shrinking civic space has been the reality in a number of countries around the globe. This session aims to share the state of civic space around the world and discuss how civil society can collaborate together, or how CSOs could work together with other stakeholders to improve enabling environment for civil society.

Session 1B: Inclusive Democracies: Gender, Sexuality and Equal Participation
This session aims to challenge gender neutrality of human rights and centerstage gender equality and sexual rights in the conversation on SDGs. It will draw on from struggles of women and LGBTI people for achieving human rights for all.

Session 1C: Corruption and Democratic Governance
When the system lack of transparency and accountability, it causes corrupt practice by organization and individuals and damages against democratic governance. This session aims to discuss and share idea that how we can create circumstances to hold things accountable in the public and private sector to combat and prevent corruption and how we can sustain fair and democratic society.

Session 1D: The Missing Billions & Its Impact on African Citizens: A look at the impact of illicit financial flows in 6 African countries
An estimated USD 50 billion is syphoned out of Africa annually via IFFs. This session seeks to shed light on the mission billions, how this is implemented, the deleterious development impacts and call for greater measures to be implemented on the continent to stop IFFs.

13:00–14:00 Lunch

2nd Breakout Session (*3 sessions in parallel)

Session 2A: Financial and Security Constraints for CSOs
This session aims at discussing the impact that financial and legal regulations have on non-profit organizations; from their registration and operation to their access to resources, as well as bank de-risking. These excessive regulations and enforcement practices lead by States place severe limitations to the freely operation of CSO´s, shrinking civic space and limiting individuals to come together to legally establish and freely operate CSOs.

Session 2B: Science, Technology and Civil Society
Science and technology innovation, including installation of digital economy, has been enthusiastically accelerated by powerful governments and transnational companies without mobilising any participatory democratic processes, despite it will drastically affect the lives of the people on the ground. In this session, we point out the challenges caused by STI and digitalisation especially in ethical, legal and social aspect, and seek alternative approaches to democratize the process.

Session 2C: SDG16.2 – Violence against Children
Different forms of Violence against children take place all over the world, including child maltreatment(abuse), sexual exploitation and violence involving schools. In 2015 the world has agreed to put an end to it, and since then The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children has engaged many governments including Japan to take more concrete steps. As 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and assessment of progress against SDG 16 will take place in the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), this session aims to reflect the achievements and discuss how we can take actions collectively.


Coffee Break


Closing Session

17:45–19:30 Reception

Day 2–Mon, 22 April 2019 at Toranomon Hills Forum

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Reflection of Day 1
9:30–10:30 Special Session:
Submission of C20 Policy Pack to G20 Presidency
10:30–12:00 High Level Panel with G20 Sherpa Track
12:00–12:30 Keynote Speech
12:30–13:30 Lunch

3rd Breakout Sessions (*4 sessions in parallel)

Session 3A: Roles of G20 in Education Financing

This session contributes to discussion on Human Capital Investment Initiative which is one of the agenda at Development Working Group in G20 this year. We would like to make the Initiative to be adopted by G20 to be more rights-based, equitable and inclusive one. The session also contributes to discussion on Education for Creating
Innovation and STI for SDGs.

Session 3B: SDGs Funding and Use of it: International Solidarity Levy and UNITAID

In order to achieve the SDGs, a huge funding gap exists and we need to fill the gap. To this end, it is necessary to discuss innovative financing, including International Solidarity Levy, which is another public fund, in addition, we would like to link with the Summit Agenda by introducing the successful efforts in the global health field of UNITAID where funds are being used.

Session 3C: Responsible Business Conduct: The Road Ahead (*This session is held in English only)

As organizations rethink their business models-redesigning work to leverage the power of technology and adjusting to a rapidly changing world-it becomes increasingly clear that they cannot succeed without making people a priority. Human talent, not capital or technology, is the link between innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century.

Session 3D: Conflict Affected Communities and Global Growth

This session will show the barriers that conflict affected communities have to economic growth, rebuilding infrastructure and recovering from conflict as a result of explosive contamination. Further, the need for partnerships to end the threat of landmines across the globe will be highlighted, and it will aim to raise awareness that increased engagement by Japan’s government, civil sector and private sector in Mine Action could lead to many countries declaring themselves landmine free by 2025.

15:00–15:30 Coffee Break

4th Breakout Sessions (*3 sessions in parallel)

Session 4A: Key Issues for G20 on Environment, Climate and Energy

The session highlights key environmental issues that G20 countries has to face and tackle with. These include issues of climate change, energy transition, biodiversity and marine plastic waste. In the sessions, speakers present C20 views for G20, Japan’s role, energy transition pathway and how to move away from fossil fuels toward decaronization by 2050, and issue of marine plastic waste.

Session 4B: “Leave No One Behind” in the strive for UHC – a fantasy or reality?

To make known various groups of people who are “left behind” from current health systems, and highlight the barriers faced and reality in accessing affordable quality health information and services. The session will discuss ways in which G20 governments can ensure that their national policies and programs on UHC encompass the needs of these marginalized key populations areas and health facilities create environments that are free of stigma and discrimination.

Session 4C: The Fight Against Tax Avoidance: What the OECD BEPS Process has achieved and what real reform should look like

With global intergovernmental and institutional discussions on tax reform moving at an increasingly fast pace, it is critical that the solutions have broad based support and active advocacy across stakeholders. This workshop will ensure civil society, trade union and policy advocates engaged in tax policy have a good understanding of the principled solutions, proposed by ICRICT.

17:00–17:30 Wrap-up of Day 2
17:45–19:45 Reception

Day 3–Tue, 23 April 2019 at Toranomon Hills Forum

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Reflection of Day 2
9:15-10:00 Messages from Engagement Groups
10:00–11:30 High Level Panel with G20 Finance Track
11:30–12:00 Keynote Speech
12:00–13:00 Lunch

5th Breakout Sessions (*3 sessions in parallel)

Session 5A: Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work
Violence and harassment in the world of work is a key barrier that inhibits economic justice for women and minority groups. With gender equality as one of the main pillars of this year’s G20 process, and with evidence that G20 countries are not on-track to meet their 2014 commitment to reduce the gender gap in labour market participation, it is critical that this is highlighted as a priority issue in G20. Such a discussion is timely and strategic as states will to vote to adopt an ILO Convention and Recommendation on violence and harassment in the world of work at the International Labour Conference in June 2019. Such an instrument has never been adopted before and, if adopted, would provide a strong framework for eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work.

Session 5B: Responsible Investments for Quality Infrastructure
The purpose of the session is to discuss how to update principles for quality infrastructure in order to contribute to international goals and commitments on sustainable development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Agreement and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Session 5C: How Can We Make Trade & Investment Sustainable and Based on Social Justice and Democracy?
New trade agreements have been a very controversial issues in many C20 countries. Globalisation has produced winners and losers, and its impact, particularly on G7 countries, has been blamed as one of the main reasons for the surge of nationalist, populist and protectionist movements and parties. This workshop will analyse the politics behind trade negotiations and civil society alternatives.

14:30-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-16:30 Closing Session: Future of Civil Society, Continuity of C20 and Remarks by C20 Chair & Co-Chair

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