In advance of the next G20 Summit which will take place in Brisbane, Australia on 15-16 November 2014, Tony Payne advocates the need for an effective, functioning G20. The body was elevated to leaders’ level in order to steer the apparatus of global governance through times of great uncertainty from 2008 onwards. Its record is not without achievement over its short life, but remains disappointing overall. Many commentators talk of the G20’s decline, which makes its next summit an important test of its efficacy. The G20 needs substantial institutional reform to become what we all now need it to be.
The paper is free to download: The Global Governance of Global Crisis: Why the G20 Summit was Created and What We still Need it to Do.