Strengthening the Global South's Voice in Global Tax Governance

Added 17 Oct 2014

International cooperation in tax matters has intensified in the last few years. Processes under the anti-BEPS framework at the OECD and G20 are proof of that. Despite this, countries in the Global South are still suffering the most due to tax avoidance and evasion (at least in relative terms, as recent papers by IMF and OECD show) and are largely excluded from this cooperation. They continue to lose vast amounts of resources where they could have been allocated to sustainable development. While countries in the Global South that are not part of the G20 are periodically “consulted”, the actual intergovernmental negotiations and decision-making processes have been taking place behind closed doors and without any tangible links to more inclusive dialogue. Once again, global standards are being developed without equal representation of developing countries, and with the majority of the world’s countries excluded from the decision-making process.

This event, which will run alongside the meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters in Geneva, will explore the space outside the exclusive clubs of the OECD or the G20 to come to meaningful norms and mechanisms to strengthen tax governance at all levels, and the UN appears to be the natural place for this. Concrete next steps could be an upgrade of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.   


Welcome: Hubert Schillinger, Director, FES Geneva Office

Panel discussion with contributions by:

» Manuel Montes, Senior Advisor, Finance and Development, South Centre
» Tove Maria Ryding, Senior Policy Analyst, Eurodad
» Dereje Alemayehu, Chair of the Coordinating Committee, Global Alliance for Tax Justice

Moderator: Wolfgang Obenland, Program Coordinator, Global Policy Forum

Date: Thursday 30 November 2014 from 13-15h.

Venue: Restaurant des Délégués, 8th Floor Palais de Nations (UN), Geneva (Switzerland).

Please indicate your participation by sending an email to until October 19th.