BMZ launches 2022 Elmau Progress Report and G7/G20 document database

21. & 26. September 2022 |

How does the G7 hold itself accountable to previous commitments? What is the process behind the triannual G7 Accountability Report? And how do we perceive the results of the 2022 G7 Elmau Progress Report from a gender-responsive perspective? These were just a few of the many questions discussed during the C7 workshop “Holding the G7 accountable” and the official launch of the triannual Progress Report  hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Taking place on 21 September, the C7 workshop provided a comprehensive overview of history and process of the G7 Accountability Working Group. Dr. Timo Behrens, Head of the Accountability Working Group at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, presented on the development process of the Elmau Progress Report. Women7 Advisor Professor Pam Rajput thereafter examined the results from a gender-responsive perspective. In her input she finds that the triannual G7 progress report was an important step towards a more transparent and accountable G7 framework. Yet, she also pointed to the lack of self-reflection when it comes to the meaningful analysis of progress against previous commitments that in fact had not been successfully met. “G7 leaders never use the report. The feedback loop in the internal accountability system does not work”, Rajput stated.

Just a few days later, BMZ invited civil society to join the launch of the G7 Elmau Progress Report 2022 taking place in an hybrid format in Berlin on Monday, 26 September 2022. Following the opening remarks of Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Civil7 representative Heike Spielmans critically reflected on the report from a civil society perspective. “If the G7 truly commits to a feminist development policy, this commitment must be reflected in the wording of future G7 Presidency, including a gender-responsive, sex-disaggregated data collection”, Spielmans stated.

Think7 representative Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) highlighted the importance of this report for the G7 accountability process and G7’s legitimacy as a whole. Finally, Head of Department at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Martha Gutierrez and Mr. Frederick Bonaglia of the OECD development center presented the brand new G7 and G20 documents database offering an accessible way to search quickly and target-oriented for and through documents officially released by the G7 and G20. Check it out here.