Future Agenda for the G-20: Climate Change Implementation and Immigration

September 21, 2009

Uri Dadush at the Carnegie Endowment provides an excellent reader-friendly summary of the agenda and issues the G-20 leaders will face in Pittsburgh this week. His fourth of four challenges is for the leaders to develop a long-term agenda – and a long-term agenda implies ipso facto a development agenda. He gives three examples: The leaders must adopt a set of principles on climate change and “as the Center for Global Development has proposed recently determine a division of labor among the various agencies.” They should initiate a process for WTO reform, including making the process more responsive to the needs of “groups of countries” (on that see Kim Elliott and Randy Soderquist’s proposal for how all the G-20 members, including the BRICs, could promote development by opening their markets to low-income countries). And they should develop a framework to govern international migration, including principles for negotiating worker mobility agreements – on those agreements see what Michael Clemens and Lant Pritchett have to say.


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