Unofficial G20 engagement group launched

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Updated 25 September 2020

Unofficial G20 engagement group launched

  • V20 hopes to be adopted by the G20 as an official engagement group

RIYADH: A diverse group of organizations and experts from around the world have come together to establish Values 20 (V20) as an unofficial engagement group among the G20 ecosystem, with a mission to demonstrate the “value of values.”

V20 has formed three taskforces: Global Values, addressing how values can contribute to achieving societal and economic objectives; Leadership Values, assessing how values can improve organizational outcomes; and Quality of Life Values, focusing on how to enhance people’s wellbeing.

The taskforces will work collectively, consult their networks, carry out research, develop policy briefs and present their findings at an annual V20 Summit.

“In keeping with the G20’s ethos of international cooperation … we’re glad to be helping launch Values 20 as an unofficial engagement group during the year when Saudi Arabia is chairing the G20,” said Dimah Al-Sheikh, V20 chair and executive manager of Misk Values.

“V20 will mirror the collaborative, bottom-up approach of the other G20 engagement groups to facilitate debate, and communicate findings to the leaders,” she added.

“V20 members believe in the pivotal role of values in shaping people’s behavior, improving societal outcomes and even helping to overcome global challenges. By bringing together thinkers and doers, V20 demonstrates the value of values to decision-makers in government, business and beyond, but equally importantly to people. V20 will show that values-based policies can improve people’s lives around the world.”

Richard Barrett, founder of the Barrett Values Centre, said it is “delighted to be involved in Values 20, because what we’re doing fills the vacuum of knowledge about how to ensure that values properly inform public policy decisions. That’s why V20 has developed dynamic mechanisms to engage as many experts and organizations as possible, through three taskforces and a network hub.”

He added: “The V20 crowdsourcing campaign will also harvest best practice about what works on the ground in values-centered policy and activity of any kind. The V20 will help discover, demonstrate and deliver practical values in action.”

The network hub, the continuous crowdsourcing of best practice, and the work of the taskforces will contribute toward a V20 communique to be passed to the G20 leaders.

V20 hopes to be adopted by the G20 as an official engagement group. The G20 encourages bottom-up policymaking through its eight existing independent engagement groups.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.