A UN Convention on Tax – momentum just keeps growing
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As heads of state and high-level ministers from around the world gathered for the UN General Assembly in New York this week, international tax cooperation was on the agenda as part of a High-level dialogue on Financing for Development.
Eurodad's Tax Justice Coordinator Tove Maria Ryding analyses what this week has meant for a UN Convention on Tax and what is in store in the coming months.
EU Court rules that the European Commission was right to say Belgian ‘excess profit’ tax scheme constituted illegal state aid
While yesterday’s decision is a big win for the Commission, Eurodad warns that the Belgian example is a symptom of a much larger disease and the legal battles that the Commission has had to go through are a stark reminder that the international tax system is broken.
At the mid-term summit of the 2030 Agenda in New York, the debt crisis of the Global South is prominently on the agenda as an obstacle to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the occasion of the participation of Chancellor Scholz, Federal Development Minister Schulze and Foreign Minister Baerbock at the summit, the German debt relief alliance erlassjahr.de drew attention to the responsibility of the German government with a four-meter-high mountain of debt in Berlin.
This week, more than 70 experts in public and private debt from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East have gathered in Bogotá, Colombia, to debate and analyse debt issues at the global level.
The event has been organised by the Latin American Network for Economic and Social Justice (LATINDADD), in collaboration with other civil society organisations such as AFRODAD, APMDD, Eurodad, Jubilee USA and the Network and Civil Society Financing for Development Mecanism (CS FfD Mechanism). A Declaration will be published in the coming days.
Read more about the event here.
More than 100 organisations and academics have signed a statement raising the alarm over growing concerns that Ecuador could face a risk to its credit rating after its decision to award the Yasuni reserve with protected area status. In response to this sovereign decision, which will also bring all mining activities in the Choco Andino to a close, the credit ratings agency Moody’s, released a statement implying that it could have negative repercussions.
The burning of fossil fuels is the biggest contributor to the climate crisis. There are no more excuses, no public assistance should be used to boost or prop up the development of fossil fuels. Yet the World Bank is still using its public funding to drive billions and billions into fossil fuel investments, including coal.
by ActionAid International
A year ago the Transforming Education Summit (TES) was the highest level education meeting in history, convening Heads of States on an unprecedented scale to talk about the education crisis. One year on it is clear that to make the necessary breakthroughs the education community at national and international levels must break out of its bubble and engage in much more strategic dialogue and action around tax justice, debt justice and ending the cult of austerity.
by Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
Tax injustice is prominent across the world – and especially in Africa’s extractive industry. While extractive industries are important sources of revenue in many African economies, the revenue could be much higher - because Africa loses huge amounts in illicit financial flows. Just one component, corporate tax avoidance from mining, costs the continent as much as US$730 million per year.
This month, Eurodad’s climate finance officer spoke on a panel for an OECD webinar and presented her findings on climate finance that were published in this year’s OECD Co-operation Report “Debating the Aid System”.
Counter Balance | Brussels | Deadline: 15 October
A few weeks before Annual Meetings in October in Marrakech, this side-event, co-organised by Eurodad, will bring together perspectives from governments, international organisations, and civil society to discuss and unpack what the human rights elements of alternative economic models may be, as potentially part of a new eco-social contract, and discuss a new report from Human Rights Watch on IMF lending conditionalities.
27 September | Shifting Finance – The World Bank Reform as a key to global socio-ecological transformation?
This webinar, organised by the German Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group, will discuss with experts from the World Bank, the BMZ, civil society and science how an ambitious evolution of the World Bank can succeed. Our Policy and Advocacy Manager for Development Finance, María José Romero will speak at the panel: “How to become a better bank?”.
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