By Amber Cashwell
The Group of Twenty (G20) is a forum for international cooperation on important economic and financial issues, bringing together finance ministers and central bank governors from 19 countries plus the European Union. Amber Cashwell, Policy Officer for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, attended a G20 civil society conference hosted by the Russian government December 11-13, 2012.
Russia assumed presidency of Group of 20 (G20) on December 1, 2012, and made an impressive start by launching a number of separate G20 meetings in Moscow during December 11-13 with think tanks, academics, business officials and civil society representatives. I attended civil society meetings on behalf of the Global Network’s policy team to see how we can influence G20 governments to take hold of the neglected tropical disease (NTD) issue.
Since economic growth stands out as the top issue to be addressed during the 2013 G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, we hope that NTDs will be recognized as a vital issue for ensuring comprehensive and sustainable economic growth. The Global Network recently published a research and policy analysis study on the economic impact of NTDs in collaboration with the Hudson Institute’s Center for Science in Public Policy. The impact of NTDs extends far beyond health and leaves people unable to work, trapping them in a cycle of poverty and hindering them from contributing to their local and national economies. » Read more: Travel Report: Global Network Addresses Opportunity to Include NTDs in Global Economic Agenda