Spotlight: G20

The world’s largest economies meet from 4-5 September in Hangzhou, China for the annual G20 summit. The agenda for the summit is ambitious, with four key issues underpinning the discussions: breaking a new path for growth; effective and efficient global economic and financial governance; robust international trade and investment; and inclusive and interconnected development.

The Hague Institute is actively involved in conducting policy-relevant research, developing practitioner tools and convening high-level events in many of the areas identified as pillars of the G20 Agenda, from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals to enhancing food security and tackling poverty.

This spotlight page provides an overview of the Institute’s work relating to the summit’s agenda.


  • G20: Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance | 30 August 2016
    Dr. Abi Williams published a commentary in the G20 China 2016 Magazine on the need to develop comprehensive, global solutions to respond to the complex crises the world faces today. (Page 78)



  • Global Oceans Governance Conference | 31 March – 1 April 2016
    On March 31 and April 1, 2016, The Hague Institute organized a two-day conference on Global Oceans Governance. The conference featured four thematic panels addressing issues of maritime ecology in the age of climate change, the maritime dimension of sustainable development under the UN’s 2030 Agenda, threats to maritime security in the form of pirates and other criminal activity, and holistic approaches to maritime security and governance.


  • Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance
    The Hague Institute and the Stimson Center conceptualized a project built around a Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance to understand and address common global threats and challenges that require collaborative action at various levels.
  • Employment for Stability
    This project, funded by NWO, will analyze how economic variables and stability are interrelated and how aid interventions may improve both development and stability.

Further Reading

New Publications: Making Water Cooperation Work

The Hague Institute has released the two final reports for its project ‘Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work’. The two publications present research findings…

News Brief

The End of U.S. Leadership on Human Rights?

For a column in Dutch newspaper NRC, journalist Michel Kerres, diplomatic editor for the newspaper, spoke to Stephen Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes…

Media Mention