“Towards an international tax agenda based on rights and equality for tax justice: For a UN global tax body and the achievement of the Agenda 2030”
Venue Conference Room 12 - Conference Building, UN Headquarters
H. E. Mr. Horacio Sevilla Borja
AMBASSADOR AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ECUADOR TO THE UN
H. E. Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila
AMBASSADOR AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SOUTH AFRICA TO THE UN
request the pleasure of your company to the event:
“Towards an international tax agenda based on rights and equality for tax justice:
For a UN global tax body and the achievement of the Agenda 2030”
*By invitation only
- Carola Iñiguez- Undersecretary of International Supra-regional Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador
- Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations
- Dennis Howlett - Treasurer, Global Alliance for Tax Justice; Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness
- Manuel Montes - Senior Advisor, Finance and Development, South Centre
- Sergio Chaparro - Program Officer, Human Rights in Economic Policy Program, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
The Agenda 2030 poses an ambitious challenge to all countries and all stakeholders. The goal is to end poverty and hunger, and to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions through promoting inclusive economic growth, protecting the environment, and promoting social inclusion. For all countries, realizing the sustainable development goals will be contingent, inter alia, on the mobilization and effective use of domestic resources. Achieving the Social Development Goals will require that taxes be used to redistribute income and not just as revenue raising tool.
In this regard, it is essential to enhance revenue administration and improve tax policy and tax collection. Improving transparency and efficiency, broadening the tax base, and integrating the informal sector are some of the challenges that developing economies will have to face. However, there are limits on what individual governments can accomplish on their own in the globalized economy. More than ever, strengthening international tax cooperation will be vital for
domestic resource mobilization.
Putting an end to tax evasion, tax avoidance and illicit flows of capital is a matter of international cooperation. Massive crossborder flows of trade and finance, along with technological advances, have allowed large national and transnational corporations and high net-worth individuals to use aggressive tax-planning schemes that can dramatically reduce their overall tax burden.
This event will bring attention to how the United Nations can expand the involvement in combatting illicit financial flows and in decision-making on tax cooperation at the intergovernmental level, through an inclusive and participatory
mechanism – a UN Global Tax Body where all countries have an equal seat and voice in deciding international tax issues.