On 2 April 2009 leaders of the G20 countries, together with those of Spain and the Netherlands, and representatives of major multinational organisations, gather for the London Summit. They meet at a time when the global financial system is experiencing its worst crisis since the 1930s and the world economy is in the midst of the deepest global recession since World War II. In a highly unequal world, the crisis is hitting hardest those who are most vulnerable to poverty or injustice.
G20 leaders have a lot on their agenda. Expectations are high and failure is not an option as far as the millions of people worldwide who have been affected by, or are threatened by, the crisis are concerned.
To help the leaders focus on what really matters, we asked a number of leading progressive thinkers to each come up with one policy recommendation for the G20 and to explain their choice in around 200 words. The results are contained in this booklet.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.