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Overall picture of natural catastrophes in 2013 dominated by weather extremes in Europe and Supertyphoon Haiyan.
Exceptionally high losses from weather-related catastrophes in Europe and Supertyphoon Haiyan dominated the overall picture of natural catastrophes in 2013.

By Ashlee Betteridge on January 7, 2014
A recently released report [pdf] from the OECD shows Australia is lagging behind many other developed countries on ending money laundering and illicit financial flows.
Since 2000 not only have the central development issues changed but also the geopolitical map has become more complex.  Many of the challenges that the world faces, including; inter alia: climate change, conflict-based migration, human rights violations, financial regulation, fair trade, tax avoidance and security require global solutions.
The IF campaign focuses on four "ifs" that could free millions from the cycle of hunger and food insecurity... if we can make them a reality.
Bono spoke at TED to show the progress in the fight against extreme poverty... and what we need to do next. Bono shares the new facts about fighting global poverty.
Dominic Haslam explains the Beyond 2015 campaign’s approach to developing the content of the post-2015 framework.
Commentary on the report "Mapping G20 Decisions Implementation"
The world is going through a dramatic transformation with the rapid growth of the emerging economies, particularly in Asia. What does this mean for global economic leadership?
Lecture delivered by John Kirton as part of an international workshop on “The G20 and the Democratic Challenges of Global Governance,” Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, November 8, 2012. This lecture is based substantially on John Kirton (2013), G20 Governance for a Globalized World (Ashgate, Farnham, in press).
For centuries, leading liberal thinkers have been calling for a world government to increase global order and security. Yet no such system exists, and most of the institutions that have been set up for that purpose have grown weaker over the past two decades.
The G20 leaders group achieved several significant examples of international economic cooperation in the first few meetings during the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.
Together, their GDP now nearly equals the United States. But are they really the future of the global economy?
The Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank governors, meeting in Washington at the Treasury Department, got serious. Facing a financial calamity in the wake of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., ministers scrapped the turgid prose they had been serving for years and delivered a concise five-point plan to avoid a global depression.
In a rapidly changing world, modern NGOs are realising that independence is key to survival, and this means that they must invest in their own professionalism, explains Christian Meyer zu Natrup, Director of MzN International Development Experts.
Despite a degree of scepticism and mixed achievements in some areas, by and large the MDGs should be regarded as an overwhelming success argues Mark Lowcock, DFID Permanent Secretary – but the key consideration is what happens next.
The G20 Leaders' meeting started out in 2008 with some tangible successes, but the general consensus is that it has now lost its momentum. Can it be reinvigorated before Australia hosts the 2014 meeting in Brisbane?
What will be the main issues on the agenda in 2013? How will Business (B20), Youth (Y20), Think Tanks (Think-20), labour unions (L20) and possibly Civil Society (C20) influence the agenda? What are the implications for Russia and internationally? Which ways of cooperation between various stakeholders can be found in order to make the Russian G20 presidency a success in terms of inclusiveness and sustainability? What are the lessons learned from former G20 presidencies?
Mark Thirlwell, Director of International Economy and Acting Director of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre, answers 6 basic questions on the G20.
Panelists Include: Amina J. Mohammed (Assistant Secretary General, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ex-Officio, High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda), John Hendra (Co-chair of UN Development Group), Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Homi Kharas (Lead Author and Executive Secretary of the High Level Panel) AND members of the Post-2015 High Level Panel
Marina Larionova, Head of the International Organizations Research Institute, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, outlines the successes and pitfalls of the Mexican Summit and looks ahead to the anticipated priorities of the Russian Presidency.  
Speech presented at The New Age Business Briefing, Johannesburg, September 11, 2012 by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa
Great article series from Nancy Alexander (Heinrich Böll Foundation). This article introduces the G20 – its leadership, membership, origin, agenda, and constituency groups.
The G20, the pre-eminent forum for global economic cooperation, has its share of detractors. Australia, as the 2014 host, will be in the thick of this criticism and needs to work out how to respond.
As powerful multilateral bodies emerge on the global stage, in particular the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), civil society (CS) is facing new challenges. What are the implications for civil society?
The case for the significance of G8 as an  international platform for meeting the challenges of global management and pursuing  Russia’s priorities. The author also makes specific recommendations for Russia’s G8  presidency agenda in 2014.
G20’s key problems, highlighting main factors affecting global economy and finance.
Integrated recommendations for all the three platforms, based on the analysis of the significance of key global risks for Russia and comparative evaluation of potentials of the G20, G8, and the BRICS potentials of risk response and management.
Australia will host the 2014 G20 meeting at a time when the usefulness of the G20 will be in question. We don't want this meeting to be a damp squib. How can we give it meaning?
The G20 summit resulted in a clear understanding that European governments must move beyond austerity in an effort to restart global growth, and developments in the eurozone in the days since have been encouraging. Clearly the G20 is an important mechanism to coordinate responses in a crisis, and it is fulfilling that mandate once again.
Two of the world’s preeminent conferences have now come to a close: the G20 Summit and the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The content and outcomes of these meetings signify a continued shift in the international agenda toward green growth and sustainable development; food security has been a high priority as well.
Many environment and development groups have expressed disappointment with the political agreement that emerged from the U.N. conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro last week.
On the eve of the G20 Summit, I've been looking into what nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) want to get out of the G20 Mexico on an issue that is a priority to NGOs as well as the Mexican presidency of the G20 -- "enhancing food security and addressing commodity price volatility," in the words of the Mexican government.
An article by Vladimir Putin, published by the Mexican daily El Universal, covers the global economic issues and new challenges facing the G20.
Leaders of G20, a group consisting of the world's 19 rich and emerging nations and the EU, will meet later this month in Los Cabos, Mexico to discuss issues of common and global interest. This gathering comes on the heels of the G8 meeting held last month at Camp David in Maryland and is widely expected to focus on the brewing economic crisis triggered by the debt problems of the European countries known as PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) and the imminent threat posed by Greece's withdrawal from the Euro zone.
The Line Between Impact and Cliché. How can NGOs refine their messaging?
By Molly Marsh, Managing Editor, and Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Multimedia Manager, Bread for the World
Food security was a focus at the G8 Summit at Camp David this weekend but there are still many unanswered questions, particularly on the extent of civil society involvement in any new public-private partnership.
This Friday, G8 leaders are making a big announcement on food security. We expect the launching of a new initiative.  Past summits haven’t always had development on the agenda, and the US hosts deserve credit for making sure food security is front and center. Now that the G8 is on the trail to food security, how will we know if they get there?
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper considers the progress made on agreements at recent G8 summits and how continued cooperation is crucial to addressing both new and ongoing challenges
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are  injecting new resources, momentum and innovation into efforts to improve health  in the world's poorest countries, according to a report released on the eve of  the 2012 BRICS Summit. Coming as many traditional donors reduce or slow their  spending, the report explores the expanding influence of the BRICS on global  health and development.
To maximize collective efforts to improve the health of women and children it is critical that the G8 prioritize and support MNCH programs and strategies to accelerate progress for women and girls.
In September 1999, the finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven countries (the G-7) announced their intention to "broaden the dialogue on key economic and financial policy issues among systemically significant economies and promote co-operation to achieve stable and sustainable world economic growth that benefits all."
In recent years there has been an increased debate about global civil society, especially because of the proliferation of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) since the 1990s, and the role they play in supporting global governance.

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