Readers' Guide Comment on “through the expansion of Group of 8 Leaders’ gathering into the Group of 20”
This is an interesting factual error. The G8 still exists. The G8 members in the G20 agreed that military-political matters will be kept in G7/G8 and not moved to the G20 forum. 1
Readers' Guide Comment on “the Global Governance Group"
The Global Governance Group (3Gs) 2 was nurtured into existence by Singapore, partly as the next generation of organization of developing countries (a sequel to NAM, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the G77), and partly in response to the newly created G20. WEF recognizes the potential of large powers to reach agreements at the expense of smaller states and therefore welcomes the 3Gs as a counter-weight to the G20. WEF does not indicate how 3Gs could structurally act as a counter-force to the G20, nor does the GRI report make any further reference to the 3Gs.
In addition to the 3Gs there is also another global re-alignment that acts as a potential counterweight to the G20. The g7+ is a group of nineteen of the world’s most fragile states. These states have joined together to share experiences and to “lobby international actors to engage more effectively in fragile and conflict affected countries and regions.” While the g7+ 3 was established in April 2010 in Dili, Timor-Leste before the conclusion of the GRI study, it is not mentioned in the report.
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