“We agree to establish a Working Group on Development and mandate it to elaborate, consistent with the G-20’s focus on measures to promote economic growth and resilience, a development agenda and multi-year action plans to be adopted at the Seoul Summit.”

– G20 Toronto Summit Declaration para. 47

At the G20 Toronto Summit in 2010, the Leaders agreed to establish G20 Development Working Group (DWG) with a mandate to lead the implementation of the Group’s development agenda. The DWG focuses its work on narrowing the development gap and reducing poverty as integrals to G20 broader objective of achieving strong, sustainable, and balanced growth and ensuring a more robust and resilient global economy for all.

Building on this momentum, at the Seoul Summit in November 2010, Leaders adopted the Multi-Year Action Plan on Development (MYAP) and the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth. Those two documents are the basis of DWG works on formulating the relevant development agenda which also defined six overarching development principles and an initial program of work, which are:

  1. Focus on economic growth
  2. Global development partnership
  3. Global or regional systemic issues
  4. Private sector participation
  5. Complementarity
  6. Outcome orientation

To this end, it is also part of the DWG’s role to engage with developing countries, particularly LICs, as equal partners, respecting their national ownership and recognizing that the most important determinant of successful development is a country’s own development policy. Ensure that actions foster strong, responsible, accountable and transparent development partnerships between the G20 and LICs.

Following the G20 leader’s commitment in 2015 to align the G20’s work with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the G20 leaders endorsed the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2016. The annex I of The G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development specifically indicated DWG as the coordinating body and policy resource for sustainable development across the G20.

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