From our New South Wales, Australia Chapter:

Tell the G20: Infinite growth on a finite planet is not possible!

The Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (NSW Chapter) invites you to support an international campaign to have the G20 set up a Working Group to address the economic issues involved in the transition that has to be made from the Growth Economy to the Steady State Economy. (The G20 already has a number of Working Groups focussed on particular international issues such as Tax and Governance). We take the broad view that the constant demand for economic growth is the key driving force creating the environmental problems we have today and needs to be addressed at an international level.

You are invited to:

1. Send the message below to:

  • Each of the G20 Outreach Groups (changing it appropriately and pasting it into the forms available on their websites; see below for contact information)
    • Young people – Y20
    • Business – B20
    • Labour – L20
    • Think tanks and academia – T20
    • Civil Society – C20
    • Business Women – W20
  • And to the:
    • Prime Minister
    • Finance Minister
    • Central Bank Governor
    • Sherpa

2. Sign our petition


The Message:

There is a growing awareness within the world community that infinite economic growth on a planet of finite resources is not possible and not supportable either for Earth’s natural systems, its creatures or its human communities. 

The G20 has said it “will focus its efforts on ensuring inclusive and robust growth through collective action”.  But rather than advance unsustainable economic growth models we seek a future where the global economic system transitions from a ‘limitless growth economy’ to a Steady State Economy (SSE). Such a transition can be planned or result from some form of economic collapse and its consequent social and ecological turmoil.

“Accordingly I/We ask that the B20/C20/Y20/T20 recommends to the G20 that a working Group of leading business and finance representatives, economists, Media representatives, trade unions , environmental NGO and representative community groups be established to advise the G20 on how the transformation to a Steady State Economy might best be carried out and what international financial agreements or reforms need to be established in order that this transition is done with equity and without social and ecological turmoil.”


Note: If you edit the message, we ask that you preserve the expression, “Steady State Economy”. Please add to the message any organisation you are able to represent and any special qualifications that may add weight to the request. Of course we would be very appreciative if you passed on this request to other likeminded organisations and individuals. Finally, please let CASSE ( know if you make contact – so we have a record of who has been contacted.


About the G20

The G20 is an informal group of 19 countries and the European Union, with representatives of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Each year several guest countries are also invited to participate.

At the G20 Leaders’ Summit commitments are laid out in the Final Communiqué, but these leaders’ commitments are decided during a long series of meetings between the different tracks of the G20, such as the sherpas (the personal representatives of the G20 leaders – they don’t have authority to make decisions but they develop agenda topics and possible agreements), finance ministers and central bank governors, and many reports commissioned from the World Bank and IMF.

Each G20 country makes commitments, which they are held accountable to. The IMF monitors progress towards these commitments.

Members of the G20:

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union.

Guest countries in 2015 are Spain, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Azerbaijan and Singapore.

Each has one vote.

Turkey will host the annual G20 Leaders’ Summit on November 15-16, 2015.


G20 Outreach Groups

To incorporate policy contributions from a cross-section of society, groups of non-state actors are consulted. These are:

  • Young people – Y20
  • Business – B20
  • Labour – L20
  • Think tanks and academia – T20
  • Civil Society – C20
  • Business Women – W20

Each year, the G20 chair appoints a lead coordinator for each of the five groups. The appointed coordinator then pulls together contributions from that segment of society in both G20 and non-G20 countries, with the objective of identifying policy priorities for the G20.


Young people – Y20

Y20 is the official youth engagement group of the G20 which provides a platform for young people from across the G20 countries to have their voices heard. The Y20 Turkey Summit will be held on 16-21 August 2015. There will be policy discussions and the solutions generated will be presented to the G20 leaders for consideration during their discussions.

The 2015 Y20 has been organised by the Youth Commission for Diplomacy and Collaboration (YCDC), Chaired by Mr. Emre Cenker. The list of delegates is not yet available (but apparently will be published).

Suggested way to contact:

Via the YCDC Facebook page Also, there is an email address on this Facebook page:, The Youth Commission for Diplomacy and Collaboration can be contacted here: and Emre Cenker is on LinkedIn.

When the delegates list is published we might be able to contact delegates directly.


Business – B20

The B20 contributes to the G20 on behalf of the international business community. The B20 Conference will be held from 3rd to 5th September and the B20 Summit is from 14th November to 15th November.

Chair of the B20 in Turkey is Mr Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu. He is the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), which is organising the B20. The members of the executive committee are available here:

The members of the B20 team are available here: The B20 Sherpa is Mr Sarp Kalkan.

The Steering Committee is responsible for supervision and directing the B20 team and also providing overall quality assurance for the B20 outputs. Members of the B20 Steering Committee report to the B20 Turkey Chair.  Members bios are are given here:

There are four members of the Steering Committee. Three are from Turkey and the fourth is Australian Robert Milliner (B20 Sherpa for Australia in 2013 and 2014). Robert is also Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Young Australians.

Suggested way to contact:

Use the contact form or email address on the G20 site:

Australians could write to Robert Milliner via LinkedIn (


Labour – L20

The L20 represents the interests of workers at the G20 level. It unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Unions and is convened by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD. The Labour Summit will be held in November.

The General Secretary of ITUC is Australian Sharan Burrow. Her email address is and other ITUC staff details are available here:

The General Secretary of the TUAC is John Evans. He is also the ITUC Chief Economist. His email address is and other TUAC staff members are listed here:

Suggested way to contact:

Write to ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow ( or TUAC General Secretary John Evans (


Think tanks and academia – T20

The Think 20 is made up of representatives from Think Tanks. It is meant to be an ‘ideas bank’ for the G20.  T20 conclusions are presented to G20 working groups, minister committees and leaders’ summit as policy-options, not recommendations.

The Think Tanks involved are listed here:

There is also a contact form for the T20 here:

Suggested way to contact:

Use the contact form on the T20 site ( and if any of the Think Tanks involved are in your country/region, contact them directly.


Civil society – C20

The C20 brings civil society together to influence the G20. The C20 steering committee acts as an interface with G20 decision-makers. The C20 Turkey Steering Committee is chaired by Zeynep Bodur Okyay, Vice President of the Board of IKV (Economic Development Foundation). The steering committee members are listed here:

The C20 Summit will be held on 15thand 16th September 2015.

Suggested way to contact:

Options for participation in the discussion are given here:


Business Women –W20

The W20 was established in 2015, with the aim of increasing the participation of women in the global economy.

Suggested way to contact:

Use the contact form on the W20 site:


Who are the sherpas?

Sherpas are the personal representatives of the G20 leaders. They develop agenda topics and possible agreements. There is no list of names of Sherpas but they have been photographed here:

The Australian Sherpa in 2015 appears to be David Gruen. He is on LinkedIn:


Which G20 meetings are yet to be held this year?

Y20 Summit, 15-21 August, Istanbul

Employment Working Group meeting, 3-4 September, Ankara

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting #3, 4-5 September, Ankara

C20 Summit, 15th – 16th September

Joint Labour and Finance Ministers meeting, September, Ankara

L20 Summit, 13th and 14th November, Antalya

B20 Summit, 14th and 15th November, Antalya

G20 Summit, 15th and 16th November, Antalya