Global Governance Group holds dialogue with G-20 troika on sidelines of UN General Assembly

SINGAPORE - The Global Governance Group, an informal grouping of 30 small-and medium-sized United Nations members, held its 10th ministerial meeting in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday (Sept 22).

At the 3G meeting, the group invited the president of the assembly, Mr Miroslav Lajcak, as well as the previous, present and incoming Presidents of the G-20 troika - China, Germany and Argentina - to engage in a dialogue, the group said in a statement.

The group, also known as the 3G. was formed to protect the interests of its members following the emergence of international forums such as the G-20. The 30 countries in the 3G include South-east nations like Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, as well as Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Finland and New Zealand.

"This engagement with key stakeholders is part of the 3G's ongoing efforts to promote a more effective, accountable and inclusive framework of global governance," the 3G statement said.

The statement noted that the group had "a productive exchange" with the G-20 troika on the outcomes of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg which took place in July. "The 3G ministers welcomed the G-20's reiteration of its commitment to pursuing strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth," the statement added.

Ministers from the group " applauded the G-20's resolve to build on the rules-based international trading system and tackle common challenges to the global community," it added. These included challenges such as terrorism, displacement, poverty, hunger and health threats, job creation, climate change, energy security, and gender inequality.

The ministers also emphasised the need for the G-20 to align their actions with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

They also welcomed the steps taken by the G-20 towards greater inclusiveness and transparency, and commended the active outreach efforts undertaken by Germany during its G-20 presidency this year. The ministers said they looked forward to continuing their partnership with the G-20 under Argentina's presidency next year. They urged Argentina to continue the G-20's commitment to engage with the 3G, as well as other regional and international organisations, particularly, the UN.

The ministers also reiterated their position on the role of international organisations with universal membership in a global standard setting. "The United Nations is the only global body with universal participation and unquestioned legitimacy, and actions by the G-20 should complement and strengthen the United Nations system," the statement said.