20.01.2016 | Eurodad

Towards a lasting solution to sovereign debt problems

Countries all over the world are becoming increasingly vulnerable to sovereign debt problems following the financial crisis:

  • One quarter of all low-income countries are in debt distress or at high risk of debt distress. Another 29 countries are at moderate risk of debt distress;1

  • External loans to low income countries increased by 75 per cent between 2008 and 2012, a growing share is expensive non-concessional debt, and vulnerabilities are increasing.2

  • Two-thirds of impoverished countries face large increases in the share of government income spent on debt payments over the next ten years.

This looming debt crisis and the failure to deal efficiently with the current and past crises have triggered debates on how to ensure fair and predictable debt workout in the future.

A new UN Ad Hoc Committee will meet on 3-5 February 2015 to address this issue. It was formed following a landmark session held in September 2014, in which the UN General Assembly decided to create a new multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructurings by September 2015. Eurodad, together with 26 Civil Society Organisations, has made a submission to inform this meeting.