In September 2015, world leaders have committed to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities, realize social protection for all and achieve, by 2030, an inclusive development model where no one is left behind and planetary boundaries are respected by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Its ambitious implementation will require a strong political will, the engagement of Civil Society Organizations and the mobilization of substantial resources: according to UN estimates it will cost US$1.4 trillion per year to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Where will we find this money?
According to the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, fair taxation and the fight against tax dodging and tax heavens is probably a big part of the answer. Conservative estimates have found that one type of corporate tax avoidance alone is costing developing countries between US $70 billion and $120 billion per year. Indeed, every dollar lost to tax havens, is a dollar that could have been invested in public services - to pay doctors and teachers, fund vaccinations, or invest in school seats for children.
This is why, SOLIDAR supports the Global Week of Action (1-7 April) to #EndTaxHavens and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice call on the EU to take measures and namely to:
Finally, in a recent exchange of views hosted by the S&D group within the European Parliament, SOLIDAR reiterated that if further measures to promote fair taxation, fight tax dodging and tax heavens are not urgently adopted by the EU, the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and its ambitious SDGs will not be achieved.
SOLIDAR is member of the SDG Watch Europe: a European, cross-sectoral, civil society alliance committed to supporting the implementation, monitoring and follow up of the 2030 Agenda by the EU and its member states. SDG Watch Europe positions and statements are available online at www.sdgwatcheurope.org.