17 June 2013 Article in favor of the Financial Transaction Tax
During last weeks the Financial Transaction Tax is being attacked by the financial sector. The media campaign and lobby that the 11 EU member states who compromised to implement the FTT in 2014 through the Enhanced Cooperation Procedure, are suffering, casts a doubt on their willingness to effectively implement it. In parallel, the issue of the use of funds is still on the table. View more
3 April 2013 The approval of the first Arms Trade Treaty.
6 February 2013 11th Plenary Session of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development
The UBUNTU Forum, due to its condition as member of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development, participates at its Plenary Session to be hold in Helsinki (Finland). Among the most important issues of the meeting appear the financing of world food security and the role of tax havens. You can check the agenda of the meeting here.
22 January 2013 A Tax for Financial Transaction in the European Union... for development?
After months of negotiations and different voting within the European Union (EU), this morning the European Union's Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) has approved the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) through enhanced cooperation. Algirdas Semeta, the EU Commissioner responsible for Taxation recognized the agreement as 'a major milestone in global tax history'. View more
10 july 2012 New mechanisms for financing for development
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has launched its 2012 World Economic and Social Survey on In search of new Development Finance. The survey analyzes and evaluates different kind of mechanisms (among them the Financial and Currency Transaction Tax) which could raise more than $400 billion annually for development. You can check the survey here.
11 May 2012 — IT for Change, with the support of Other News and other organizations, has launched the statement Global Governance of the Internet must be Democratised!, which counts with the endorsement and support of the UBUNTU Forum. The text defends and fosters the great potential of the Internet as an agent in favour of democracy and social change, and states the suitable measures so as to guarantee its democratic and participatory governance, following the guidelines of the World Summit on the Information Society (2003 and 2005). The statement is addressed to the next United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, which is going to take place in Geneva on 18th May. You can sign the statement here by 16th May. Lana Del Rey Download mp3, Gotye full album download
18 April 2012 XIII Conference of UNCTAD
The next 21 to 26 April is celebrated in Doha (Qatar) the XIII Conference of UNCTAD, almost parallel to the celebration of the Spring Meetings of the Bretton Woods Institutions (the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund). The two meetings are surrounded by controversy due to the appointment of the new World Bank's president and the letter signed by former employees of UNCTAD which denounces the boycott which the body is suffering from industrialized countries. View more
19 March 2012 Mobilization in Chicago for an ITF during the G8 summit
During the G8 Summit in the USA in May, the National Nurses United is organizing a demonstration to demand the implementation of a Financial Transaction Tax to which the UBUNTU Forum has joined. View more
17 february 2012 Side Event UBUNTU
8 Fabruary 2012 The UBUNTU Forum participates in the conference of Helsinki +10 Process
The UBUNTU Forum participates, invited by the Finish governement, in the Helsinki +10 Conference which is celebrated in Hanasaari (Helsinki) the 13th and 14th of February. View more
27 January 2012 The UBUNTU Forum, present and active in the Social Forum Theme
On the road to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro for next June 2012, known as Rio+20 process, a Thematic Social Forum about Social and Economic Justice is held in Porto Alegre (Brazil). The UBUNTU Forum, present for many years at the World Social Forum and following the Rio+20 process, organizes two activities self organized and participated in the discussions within the thematic group on Governance and Architecture of Power. View more
2nd december de 2011 UBUNTU Forum activities in the context of the United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development (6th to 8th of December 2011)
7th December UBUNTU and ITUC Side-event
Nurturing Development The role of the innovative financing for development and its implications on economic governance UN NLB Conference Room 4 1:15 - 2:30 pm
6th December Civil Society Forum (UNHQ Conference Room C ( 3 - 6 pm)
The vision of FfD endorsed in the Monterrey Consensus 10 years ago is a long way from becoming reality. And recent events -from the global financial crisis of 2008-9 to the ongoing democratic uprisings in the Arab World- show that the current international economic system does not support equitable development and sustainable growth. View more
25 november 2011 In memoriam: Danielle Mitterrand
On last 22nd of November Danielle Mitterrand died after living a life full of compromise and dedication. From the UBUNTU Forum we want to express the sadness of her lost. President of the Francés Libertés Foundation, deeply compromised, she has honoured us with her presence and collaboration for many years. We want to express our support to the family and friends of this woman who, as many others, defended and believed that 'Another world is possible'. Article of Federico Mayor Zaragoza (Font:IPS)
04 November 2011 — Directors of 64 organisations (36 Southern and 28 Northern) from 33 countries (21 Southern and 12 Northern) sent a letter on behalf of the Beyond 2015 campaign to the UN Secretary General on 19 October 2011. The aim of the letter was to share with the UNSG a number of recommendations and action points that would maximise the chances of a UN-led post-2015 (deadline to achieve the MDG's) agreement meeting the Beyond 2015 "essential must-haves" of leadership, substance, accountability and legitimacy. The UBUNTU Forum as member of the platform has also joined and signed this letter that you can check here.
01 August 2011 — Beyond 2015 is an international campaign which brings together more than 150 organizations in over 50 countries and where the UBUNTU Forum participates. Its main aim is to kick-start and accelerate the post-2015 process, deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals. One of its first initiatives has been writing to the UN Secretary General to urge him to "encourage the United Nations General Assembly to begin working in 2011 on establishing a process to develop a development agenda for beyond 2015" and to offer their support in this initiative. You can check the letter and the campaign here.
07 July 2011 — One of the outcomes of the Conference on the World Financial and Economical Crisis and its impact on Development, which was held in the UN in 2009, was the creation of a Panel of Experts on economical and financial issues within the UN. Several civil society organizations are asking its discussion and implementation during the next ECOSOC meeting this July. You can check the petition here.
23 June 2011 Global Economic Governance, Global Inequality and the Role of the United Nations
The United Nations General Assembly's President, the Swiss Mr. Joseph Deiss, has organized during 2010 and 2011 several thematic debates around different issues. Next Tuesday 28th of June is going to be celebrated the debate around "Global Governance". In this background, and due to the importance of this issue for the UBUNTU Forum, we are going to co-organize jointly with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung a side-event titled "Global Economic Governance, Global Inequality and the Role of the United Nations". You can check the programme here.
The Task Force on Financial Integrity & Economic Development is a global coaliton of civil society organizatons and more than 50 governments working together to achieve greater transparency in the global financial system for the benefit of developing countries. Since May the UBUNTU Forum is part of it as Allied Member in order to contribute to the reforms towards a new worls governance, particularly in economical and financial issues.
23 February 2011 — Several NGo's involved in the Financing for Development (FfD) process within the United Nations have sent a letter to the Bretton Woods Institutions (the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund) requesting them its real engagement with the FfD process within the UN system and, mainly, in the ECOSOC Spring Meetings to be held with them, the World Trade Organizations and the UNCTAD, that wants to be shortened to just one day instead of two. Check the requests sent to the WB and the IMF.
15 February 2011 Robin Hood Tax. Global Day of Action
22 November 2010 — From November 29 until December 10 another Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Cancun (Mexico). This meeting, subsequent to last December's failure in Copenhagen, should produce the relay to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. There are not high perspectives of success, due to the different interests that exist, but civil society keeps a strong pressure in order to obtain an ambitious, fair and legally binding agreement. For further information and daily coverage you can check the IPS, Third World Network or IISD websites.
17 September 2010 UBUNTU Statement - An imperative and fair need: It's time to implement an international currency transaction tax!!
16 July 2010 International expert group confirms Tobin Tax feasibility and recommends its implementation
On July 16th a group of experts drawn from the academia1 and the financial sector2 have confirmed the feasibility of taxing financial transactions, with a view to financing international commitments made to developing countries. The experts handed a detailed feasibility study to a group of 12 governments, who had commissioned the report in November 2009. These governments - Germany, the UK, Japan, France, Belgium, Norway, Senegal, Brazil, Spain, Austria, Korea and Chile - are part of the International Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development, comprised of 55 countries, as well as international and civil society organizations. The UBUNTU Forum is member of the Leading Group since 2006.
12 July 2010 — Last July 2nd the United Nations, in an historical decision, adopted the resolution GA/10959 of the General Assembly, by which a new body for the empowerment of women and gender equality is created. This new body (UN Women) strengthens and merges the prior four organisms in order to give coherence to all gender issues.
21 June 2010 In memoriam: José Saramago
The UBUNTU Forum wishes to express its deep sadness due to Jose Saramago's death. Prestigious writer, Nobel Prize Laureate, a deeply committed person, he has honored us with his support and collaboration. We send our support to the family and friends of this genius of the literature.
17 June 2010 — Last June 10th and 11th the seminar 'Taxation on financial flows for a better world' was held in Brasilia organized by IPEA. The meeting was attended by international experts, state representatives, and by members of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development. They discussed the viability and feasibility of a Financial Transaction Tax, as well as the need of political mobilization in order to tackle the development crisis and the financing needs related to it. You can find more information about this seminar as well as the e-version of a book that compiles several related documents in the IPEA's web. These are proposals that the UBUNTU Forum and its members have defended for a long time, and that are more necessary than ever given the international context we live in.
04 June 2010 — On the 5th of June the World Environment Day is celebrated. In a year where climate change negotiations will led to the COP16, this 2010 in Mexico DF, and after Copenhagen's failure, the main claim made by civil society, and supported by the UBUNTU Forum, is still a \"Fair, ambitious and binding\" deal, where what is known as \"climate financing\" gets into the core of the climate agenda!!
14 April 2010 — We highlight that the European Parliament passed a resolution on the 25th of March about The effects of the global financial and economic crisis on developing countries and on development cooperation.
UBUNTU considers it is an important step, since the European Parliament requests: - an international levy on financial transactions to generate additional resources for financing development and global public goods, and urges the European Commission to present a communication related to it (para.30,31)); - a strict regulation of tax havens due to its negative impact on developing countries (para.60,61,62); - and the reform of international development cooperation and of world economic governance (para.8,22).
You can download the resolution in PDF, or check it here!!
This resolution is based in a report presented on last 9th of March, from which the MEP Enrique Guerrero was the rapporteur, which you can check here!!