A measure to love: UN tax commision

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On Valentine's Day 2018, Global Alliance for Tax Justice representatives launched 'love letters' calling for the establishment of an intergovernmental UN tax commission. GATJ activists were attending a conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) on the theme "Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Tove Maria Ryding, coordinating committee member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice and Tax Justice Europe co-chair,  penned a creative Valentine's message:

“Roses are red,
And we need a deal,
At the UN
to make our tax system heal.”

In a previous statement, the Global Alliance expressed concern about the validity of this Platform, a technical staff venture of the IMF, OECD, World Bank and UN, as “yet another distracting measure" which “doesn't change the fact that for the last 50 years, decision making on global tax standards has taken place behind closed doors in the elite club of the OECD, while more than 100 developing countries continue to be excluded from the decision-making process.”

You can follow the plenary sessions, broadcasted live here. Global Alliance for Tax Justice is co-hosting several side-events, including a panel with CESR, PSI, DAWN, ActionAid, Tax Justice Network, Christian Aid and the Bretton Woods Project, titled “Mobilizing Resources for Gender Equality: The Role of Tax Policy in Reducing Intersecting Inequalities and Achieving the SDGs” on Friday Feb 16. Follow the live stream on Global Alliance for Tax Justice’s Facebook page, at 8:30 am New-York time / London 13:30 / Nairobi 16:30. See the full program of this side event here.

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