With a special emphasis on the contradictory aspects of the international outlook of the Russian-led C20, against the domestic treatment of Russian NGOs, this issue of the G20 Update includes articles on three questions:
- what is the nature of the upsurge of investigations of, and attacks on, Russian civil society and how should this situation inform engagement by global civil society in the Civil20 (C20) and its activities, including the C20 Summit of June 2013
- why has the G20 launched a new initiative on financing for investment, especially in infrastructure? What is the nature of this initiative?
- how do the policy agendas of the G8 and G20 converge?