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12 INTRODUCTION & WELCOME INTRODUCTION & WELCOME The overriding goal of the Outreach Dialogue has to be an evolution from singular events in the surrounding of the annual G20 Summits to a continuous and coordinated effort working as an addition to the general G20 process. The use of the Outreach format has to be measured by the impact the developed recommendations have on policy making. This means that the highest priority in the near future have to be continuous improvements in the implementability of the Outreach recommendations, with more concise and precise targeting of the recommendations proposed by the individual groups. Only if the Outreach format is able to deliver practical and feasible guidance for the G20 governments it can provide added value and become a keystone of the G20 process. Outreach Dialogue: a chance to build a better world Victor Philippenko, Chairman of the executive board, G20 Foundation Since 1999, the G20 has achieved remarkable progress as a platform providing solutions to global challenges. The goal of further establishing a solid framework for a better global governance depends on several factors, most notably the fostering of transparency and increasing participation of the stakeholders of the G20 process within and between nations. As a group consisting of countries with various cultural, historical and economic backgrounds, the implementation and the success of G20 solutions requires a broad consensus between different countries and different communities within the respective countries. With such a inhomogeneous group it is necessary to provide a framework for public debate of the topics attached to G20 agenda. The Outreach Dialogue has proven to have the potential to become a key measure on the way towards better coordination of different stakeholders of the G20 process. The five Outreach groups bring together the main groups of the societies of the G20 countries like businesses, civil society, academia, labor organizations and youth in a structured and transparent communication process to generate cross- sectoral synergies and enhance the public benefit of the G20 process. All Outreach groups have been integrated in the G20 process with participation to Summits and by giving recommendations to the heads of state. A part of these recommendations has been incorporated into the Leaders Declaration of the Summit in Russia 2013. However, the Outreach Dialogue as part of the G20 process has proven valuable but at this young stage is still in development and needs further improvement. To reach a new level of impact for the Outreach format, the efficiency in the communication process needs to be enhanced by a better coordination of all actors. To really build a meaningful consensus, it is crucial to distribute the influence of the single groups more evenly so the contents and recommendations developed by each group find their way into policy actions. It is decisive, that there is also more interaction and exchange between the groups, allowing the representatives to search for common ground and to work hand in hand on innovative solutions to achieve stronger, more sustainable and balanced growth. Another point in this respect is to better exploit the potential for cross-group synergies by a better management of communication between the different groups. By this, the various strengths of the individual groups could be bundled to achieve common goals more efficiently. Besides these measures on the side of the work in the Outreach groups, it is necessary to increase the awareness of decision makers in the G20 process by a stronger presence of the Outreach groups in the preparation and follow up of the summits. By this, the Outreach format could play a more central role with more recommendations ending up making an impact on the G20 policies, contributing to transparency in the overall communication process, creating a broader public consensus for G20 commitments and raising the effectiveness of a governance process. Most importantly, all these improvements are bound to remain inefficient if they are to be managed solely by the respective presidency of each year’s summit. To achieve a sustainable and precisely targeted communication process that provides solutions to challenges in the long-run, an additional facilitation of the process is needed that supports the respective G20 presidencies with a long- run perspective of the Outreach format. This would ensure that the Outreach groups can take a unified and continuous approach in tackling global challenges while adapting to the focus set by the annual G20 agenda. With an independent facilitator managing and monitoring the Outreach Dialogue, an important further step to ensure more transparency and broader public involvement in the Outreach Dialogue would be to establish recurring events in all partner countries. The G20 Foundation supports this evolution by organizing events at the national level to reinforce the post- summit implementation process of selective items decided upon on the G20 level in cooperation with various stakeholders from the member countries. As a non-partisan Think Tank, we stimulate constructive and effective discussions in order to support the implementation of the G20 commitments on a national level. Thereby we foster the development of innovative solutions to global challenges, such as economic stability and sustainable growth. Uncoordinated events under changing management are bound to remain ineffective and focused on short-term solutions, while a well monitored and managed communication process bringing together all major stakeholders of the G20 societies both on a G20 as well as on the local level can truly make a difference by providing targeted long-run policy advices and increasing awareness and transparency in the civil society. With all the challenges we face as a global society it is X][B\[X[\X\]\X\™܈[\][ۘ[\][ۈBۛX[XY[\ۘ[]Y\B[[][XܜܛYHۈ̌\Y\ˈ\\[ܝ[]H[]B[\\[Y\[[H\Yۈ\YYX[˂H[\Y[HܛXY\ZBۈHX\]H[[Hو\Z[XBݙ\[H[ݘ][ۈ[XY][˜Hۙ\XۛZX[[]X[[Yܘ][ۈH]HH[HZ[B[ܙH\\\Z[XK[\]B[XXY[ܛ 8L