Everybody’s Business is a strong advocate for the G20 process. One would then expect that experts would come principally from these countries. And in fact ,it is the case that three-quarters of the experts were working for organizations in G20 countries.
Of the remaining 25% , experts from non-G20 European countries comprised the largest group ( 11% of the total of experts). Experts from other non-G20 region accounted for less than 4% of the total. The geo-political distribution of experts based on the location of their organizational base is provided in Table 2:
Table 2: Participants in the Expert Groups by Geo-Political Groups
|Tier||New Geo-Political Groupings||Percentage of Participants|
|2||non-G20 European-based participants||11%|
non-G20 African-based participants;
non-G20 South Asian–based participants;
non-G20 Latin American-based participants,
non-G20 East Asian-based participants
|4||non-G20 Countries In Transition-based participants||0%|
A breakdown by individual G20 countries of the G20-based experts is neither proportionally balanced among the 19 countries of the G20 countries 1 nor proportionate to national population of these countries. The G20 experts in the WEF panels are very highly concentrated in just two of the G20 countries – the US and the UK. Over 50% of the advisors were selected from organizations based in the US, and 17% were selected from UK-based institutions.
No other G20 country provided even 10% of the WEF’s policy experts. Four G20 countries had less than 2% of the advisors; eight G20 countries had less than 1% of participants based in institutions in their countries.
Only 13% of the experts came from institutions in the twelve ‘new’(non G8) members of the G20.
Table 3 below has the distribution of participants within the G20 group of countries:
|1||based in US||54%|
|2||based in the UK||17%|
based in China,
based in France
based in Germany,
based in India, and
based in Japan
based in Brazil,
based in Canada,
based in Italy,
based in Mexico, and
based in South Africa
based in Argentina,
based in Australia,
based in Austria,
based in Indonesia,
based in Russia,
based in Saudi Arabia,
based in South Korea, and
based in Turkey
|Less than 1%|
A complete listing of the taskforce members is in Annex B.
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