Copenhagen hosts major conference on the future of finance and international development

Added 30 Apr 2015
Thursday April 30 2015

Civil society experts, ministers and ambassadors from five continents will meet in Copenhagen next week (5-7 May) to plan for a crucial UN summit that will decide how to finance international development over the next decade.

The conference, organised by the Danish development organisation IBIS and the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), is one of the biggest civil society events taking place ahead of the UN Summit on Financing for Development (FfD) , in Addis Ababa in July.

Tove Maria Ryding, head of tax justice and Financing for Development at Eurodad, said:

“The UN summit will be the world’s chance to address huge problems in the global financial system that are costing both developing and developed countries billions every year. These problems include tax dodging by multinational corporations and unsustainable sovereign debt. After years of austerity, continued poverty and escalating inequality, it’s time for our leaders to commit to solving the broken financial system.”

The conference will allow campaigners to have discussions with politicians and experts on finance and development and will provide space to make joint plans for the next three months.

“We want to ensure that the UN summit delivers financial justice for the world’s poorest people,” Tove Maria Ryding added.

Head of policy and campaigns at IBIS, Lars Koch said:

“Denmark has for long been a leading country in the fight against global poverty, and we are happy to invite civil society to Copenhagen to push the Danish and global leaders to make strong future commitments at the UN summit in Addis. “

The conference will take place from 5-7 May at Borups Højskole, Frederiksholms Kanal 24, 1220 København.

The media is invited to attend the conference on Tuesday May 5, from 2pm-5.30pm or Wednesday May 6 from 9-945am or 2pm-3pm. The full conference agenda and list of speakers from around the world can be found here.

Photo opportunity: On Thursday May 7, from 4pm – 5pm campaigners will also gather outside the Luxembourg Embassy in Copenhagen to demand greater transparency around tax rules from EU governments and to protest against the prosecution of those individuals that blow the whistle on tax scandals – as in the case of the ‘LuxLeaks’ scandal in Luxembourg last year.

Contacts: To organise interviews with any of our speakers, to attend the photo opportunity, or for further information please, contact Hanne Selnæs, Press Officer at IBIS on +45 60433332 or or Julia Ravenscroft, Communications Manager at Eurodad, on +32 2 893 0854 or

Notes to editors:

• The 3rd Financing for Development summit will take place in Addis Ababa from 13-16 July 2015. More information about the summit can be found here:
• A position paper on the outcomes of the Financing for Development summit – endorsed by more than 140 NGOs - can be found here