Following the endorsement of the C20 Communiqué 2015 by over 500 civil society participants from 52 countries at the C20 Summit 2015, the communiqué was officially handed over to representatives of 2015 G20 Presidency during the summit closing ceremony. The C20 Summit took place at Bogazici University, Istanbul on 15th and 16th September 2015.

The communiqué, which summarizes the recommendations of national and international civil society organizations to the G20 in 2015, was formally presented to Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr Cevdet Yilmaz; Turkey’s G20 Sherpa, Ms Ayse Sinirlioglu; and former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Ali Babacan.

The main recommendations of the C20 Communiqué 2015 focus on the C20’s policy priorities - inclusive growth, gender equality, sustainability, tax justice and anti-corruption – and call for G20 leaders to “address the multi-faceted inequalities facing our world today by integrating inclusive growth, gender equality, sustainability, anti-corruption and tax justice into all aspects of its work, and finding solutions that create a world economy that works for all.”

Deputy Prime Minister Yilmaz noted the importance of the C20 as an engagement group, while former Deputy Prime Minister Babacan highlighted the significant areas of overlap between Turkey’s G20 Presidency priorities and the recommendations made in the C20 Communiqué 2015. Turkey’s G20 Sherpa Ayse Sinirlioglu thanked the C20 for its clear and concise recommendations, and suggested that the G20 Presidency could use these recommendations as “building blocks” for the G20 leaders’ communiqué. Significantly, during the closing ceremony, the G20 Presidency representatives also committed to host a breakfast meeting between representatives of the C20 and G20 leaders on the first day of the 2015 G20 Summit.

Drafted by the participants of the Summit themselves, led by a committee representing each of the C20’s four working groups, this was the first time that all participants at a C20 summit had the opportunity to contribute directly to the drafting of the final C20 Communiqué. The zero draft of the communiqué was based on the C20’s recently-published policy papers–– which contain more detailed background and recommendations on each of these policy priorities. These papers were developed through an open and inclusive policy consultation process, with the participation of 65 organizations from 11 countries, led by the C20’s four working groups.