Saudi nonprofit organisations from around the kingdom this week took part in an intensive bootcamp in preparation for their role in the G20 summit’s Civil Engagement Group (C20), ahead of Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the forum next year.

More than 40 nonprofits attended the course, which was held by the King Khalid Foundation in Riyadh, to deepen their knowledge of global policy priorities, advocacy, data literacy, protocol and the Un Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Attendees heard from subject matter experts from a range of global organisations including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Labor Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Group (WBG).

The sessions were held in collaboration with local government partners including the Saudi G20 Secretariat, the Ministry of Economy and Planning, and the General Authority of Statistics. Training materials from the course are available via the King Khalid Foundation website.

The annual G20 summit meeting, which brings together world leaders from major economies, is intended to foster global economic dialogue and cooperation. The C20, a subsidiary network, is a platform for civil society organisations from around the world to convene, debate and build high-level proposals that can be shared with the G20 forum. Saudi Arabia is poised to host the G20 in 2020, marking the first time the summit has been held in the Middle East.

King Khalid Foundation, a Saudi-based nonprofit organisation, is expected to lead in hosting the C20 during the kingdom’s presidency. The foundation has been a long-term participant in the platform, including during previous G20 summits in Germany and Argentina, and is a troika member of the steering committee for the current C20, operating under the Japanese presidency.

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