Development Finance & Tax Justice - Archive

This side-event at the UNCTAD XV Civil Society Forum discusses UNCTAD's work on debt crisis prevention and resolution. Participants are invited to identify UNCTAD's strengths and areas where there is room for growth, and express their expectations towards UNCTAD's work on debt on debt issues in the period following UNCTAD XV, an era in which global debt levels have reached record highs due to the Covid-19 crisis.

 

Participants: 

  • Bodo Ellmers, Global Policy Forum (Moderator)
  • Attiya Waris, UN Independent Expert [...]

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2021

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Time to overcome contradictions and hypocrisy in the COVID-19 crisis

Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have greatly exacerbated national and global inequalities. Blatant examples are the unfair distribution of care work, relying mainly on women and poorly remunerated if at all, and the global disparity in the distribution of vaccines.

So far more than 60 percent of people in high-income countries have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but less than 2 percent [...]

Deutschland soll Anteil an bedürftige Länder abgeben

Bonn/Berlin, 23. August 2021

Der Internationale Währungsfonds (IWF) schüttet heute Sonderziehungsrechte (SZR) im Wert von 650 Milliarden US-Dollar an seine Mitgliedstaaten aus. Es ist die mit Abstand größte Allokation von SZR seit der Gründung des IWF in 1944.

Die Maßnahme des IWF bezweckt, seinen Mitgliedstaaten neue Liquidität zuzuführen und damit die Weltkonjunktur anzukurbeln. Empfängerländer können die neuen Finanzmittel entweder ihren Währungsreserven zuführen, oder in Hartwährungen wie US-Dollar oder Euro umtauschen und für Haushaltszwecke [...]

Policy proposals and political opportunities

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Global debt levels have been surging constantly over the past decade, and the need to fight the COVID-19 crisis with running fiscal deficits and borrowing money has been a further shock to global economies. While central bank interventions have been keeping interest rates low in the global north, countries in the global south are particularly vulnerable to crisis because they owe large amounts of external debts. The risk of debt crisis is high and debt service costs are rising rapidly [...]

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By Bhumika Mucchala (Senior Policy Researcher, Third World Network), and Christopher Hope (Policy Officer, Bretton Woods Project).

A summary of key issues emerging from recent high-level event on SDR recycling mechanisms, funds, and vehicles.

Read the blog on the eurodad website or the Spanish translation via www.latindadd.org

This virtual seminar will feature high-level policymakers and experts from Latin America, Africa, the UN, the IMF and the Vatican to discuss:

  • What role can Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) play in global pandemic crisis response and recovery?
  • How can SDR transfer mechanisms be designed to maximize impact for all countries that need support, while avoiding harm?
  • Is there a role for global, regional and sub-regional development banks and/or new trust funds or vehicles in the mechanisms?
  • What complementary policies and [...]

The UN Forum on Financing for Development 2021

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By Bodo Ellmers

The UN Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) 2021 was the first FfD forum held as planned since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis. Accordingly, the expectations were high. Development finance is currently facing a triple challenge: to mitigate the humanitarian crisis, funds for an acute crisis response are needed – for example, to finance universal access to vaccines through the COVAX-facility, or for social protection measures. To mitigate the further divergence between countries, resources must be [...]

Die Konferenz zu nachhaltiger Entwicklungsfinanzierung in Addis Abeba

Die Entwicklungsfinanzierung ist ein zentrales Thema in den Diskussionen über eine neue globale Entwicklungsagenda und die universellen Nachhaltigkeitsziele (Sustainable Development Goals, kurz SDGs) für die Zeit nach 2015. Im September 2014 haben die politischen Vorbereitungen für die vom 13.-16. Juli 2015 in Addis Abeba stattfindende dritte UN-Konferenz über Entwicklungsfinanzierung (UN Financing for Development Conference) begonnen. Auf der Tagesordnung der Konferenz steht eine breite Themenpalette: von der Mobilisierung nationaler Mittel für Entwicklungsfinanzierung in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern selbst über die öffentliche Entwicklungsfinanzierung [...]

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International cooperation in tax matters has intensified in the last few years. Processes under the anti-BEPS framework at the OECD/G20 are proof of that. Nevertheless, countries in the global South that are suffering from the results of tax evasion and avoidance the most are still to a great deal marginalized and excluded from this. In some cases, countries in the global South are even suffering from a non-conducive global environment that limits their policy space in tax matters. For the [...]

SIDE-EVENT DURING THE MEETING OF THE UN COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN TAX MATTERS

Fair taxation can help in fighting inequality, realizing human rights, and ensuring the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). However, a succession of reports of tax dodging by multinational corporations have cast the spotlight on the need for reform of the international tax system. It has also become evident that international tax avoidance makes use of tax havens and the offshore secrecy system, which also facilitates capital flight and money laundering for criminal and terrorist purposes.

Recognizing the need [...]

New models of interaction between the public and private actors, successes and challenges and their meaning for development finance and the eradication of poverty

The traditional models of interaction between public and private sectors, largely based on corporate regulation and public procurement, are relatively well understood and accepted. However, the most recent wave of economic globalization has been accompanied by a widened process of commodification with the effect that a widening range of goods and services are now being provided by market actors rather than states. At the same time, the classic models of public-private interaction have been challenged by the rise of new [...]

Organised by the CSO for FfD Group together with the Women’s Working Group on FfD

The AAAA is unequivocal in its “stress that efforts in international tax cooperation should be universal in approach and scope and should fully take into account the different needs and capacities of all countries”. At the same time, there are issues on the international tax co-operation agenda that are currently not advancing rapidly enough and thus risk placing mobilization of domestic resources at risk.

These [...]

Jointly organized by Civil Society Financing for Development Group including the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development, Femnet, Forum for Women and Democracy, Womankind Worldwide in co-operation with inter alia Society for International Development, Global Policy Forum, Brot für die Welt, MISEREOR, Christian Aid, Social Watch and many more.

 

The pursuit of the 2030 Agenda requires UN Member States to provide the necessary regulatory and financial means, including the removal of structural barriers to social, economic, and [...]

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UN mit Fahnen

By Bodo Ellmers

In the lead-up to the UN’s Financing for Development Forum that takes place virtually from April 12-15, the 2021 edition of the Financing for Sustainable Development Report has been released. The report is published by the so-called Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), which comprises numerous UN entities, but also the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. It is widely considered the most comprehensive source of data and analysis on development finance topics.

This [...]

Effective in the fight for transparency - against global tax fraud and illicit financial flows Proposals from the UN-FACTI panel

Effective in the fight for transparency - against global tax fraud and illicit financial flows

Proposals from the UN-FACTI panel


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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Global Policy Forum and the Tax Justice Network invite you to an online discussion on the occasion of the publication of the final report of the UN High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI-Panel). Lack of financial transparency encourages illicit financial flows and corruption worldwide [...]

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FACTI panel

Effective in the fight for transparency - against global tax fraud and illicit financial flows

Proposals from the UN-FACTI panel

March 1, 2021, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (CET)


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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Global Policy Forum and the Tax Justice Network invite you to an online discussion on the occasion of the publication of the final report of the UN High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI-Panel). Lack of financial transparency encourages [...]

An analysis and assessment of innovative policy options

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations (UN) estimated that developing countries needed an extra US$ 2.5 trillion in external finance to cope with the consequences of the crisis. This vast sum is needed because additional spending needs – for example on health services and social protection – coincide with a simultaneous collapse of all traditional sources of development finance: tax revenue, export earnings, migrant remittances, foreign direct investment and, to a lesser extent, also official [...]

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis

This is the fifth edition of the report Spotlight on Sustainable Development. Since 2016, we have published this report annually to assess not only the implementation of the 2030 Agenda but also the structural obstacles in its realization.

When we started to plan for this year’s report in Autumn 2019, mass protests were shaking a growing number of countries in various regions of the world. In Ecuador, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, in Egypt, Lebanon [...]

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By Barbara Adams and Roberto Bissio

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There is widespread speculation that if/when US President Trump addresses the UN General Assembly on 22 September — probably the only head of state to do so in person– he may warn of major cuts in financial contributions or even threaten to pull out of the UN.

Since he took office in January 2017, the USA has de-funded, withdrawn from, or denigrated several UN agencies and affiliated institutions.

The  [...]

A snapshot of the ongoing work at the United Nations in times of crisis

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This briefing paper looks at the financing for development (FfD) work at the United Nations in 2020, an exceptional year due to outbreak of the global coronavirus crisis in the spring. Following this shock, FfD became a highly relevant issue on the UN agenda. The FfD process as originally scheduled was redesigned, with the FfD Forum originally scheduled for April cut down from four days of face-to-face meetings to a virtual session that lasted for just one hour. An official [...]

Cover UN Monitor: COVID-19 Round-Up on Development Activities and Financing – 25/05/2020
Cover UN Monitor: COVID-19 Round-Up on Development Activities and Financing – 25/05/2020

Across the UN development system, Member States, the UN Secretariat and UN leadership are exploring the profound socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 and what macroeconomic policy changes are needed to “build back better”. From UN-led programme activity responses to COVID-19 to needed policy responses both by the Financing for Development process and Member State-led initiatives, there are several opportunities to monitor these developments in the coming weeks.

On 27 May, leadership of UN agencies headlines the final session of the Economic [...]

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Cover UN Monitor: COVID-19 Round-Up 23/04/2020

Member States adopted General Assembly Resolution “International cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment to face COVID-19” on 20 April under silence procedure. The resolution, drafted by Mexico and sponsored by 75 other delegations, states that the current crisis calls for:

  • “rapidly scaling manufacturing and strengthening supply chains that promote and ensure fair, transparent, equitable, efficient and timely access to and distribution of preventive tools, laboratory testing, reagents and supporting materials, essential medical supplies [...]

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Cover UN Monitor: COVID-19 Round-Up 21/04/2020

The Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI) Panel, a joint General Assembly and ECOSOC initiative established in early 2020, will hold a virtual consultation with Member States on 24 April. The Panel has made available an overview of existing mechanisms and a concept note of their work. Among their priorities will be addressing financial secrecy.

The Panel’s “Overview of Existing Mechanisms and Understanding Priorities” document notes that “moving from secrecy to transparency can improve accountability, but different countries [...]

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Cover UN Monitor: COVID-19 Round-Up 10-04-2020 EN

At a briefing on COVID-19, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated: “We are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply. We cannot resort to the usual tools in such unusual times.”

The Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire in light of COVID-19 has already garnered significant support including from Member States and CSOs, receiving over 2 million signatures. Learn more and sign the petition here.

Introducing his report on the socio-economic implications of COVID-19 he stated [...]

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Cover UN Monitor: Tackling Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) at the United Nations: what will the FACTI Panel deliver?
Cover UN Monitor: Tackling Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) at the United Nations: what will the FACTI Panel deliver?

On 28 January 2020 the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, and the President of ECOSOC, Mona Juul announced a new initiative: “a high-level panel on international financial accountability, transparency and integrity (FACTI)”. This joint endeavour is framed as a means to target and recover assets for investment in the Sustainable Development Goals.

At present, the UN estimates the financing gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) totals a staggering $2.5 trillion. Proponents of a robust and [...]