Unlike many politicians and business leaders, children as young as seven are quick to recognise that the principle of sharing holds the key to addressing pressing global issues such as poverty and inequality – and that governments should put these concerns at the very top of their agendas.
Establishing a globally agreed tax body under the auspices of the United Nations and putting an end to dubious tax avoidance activities would bolster government revenues and help finance the provision of essential public services, especially in the Global South.
New research by ActionAid reveals how tax avoidance strategies used by some multinational corporations deprive the world’s most impoverished communities of vital revenues. Tax treaties play a facilitating role in many of these schemes - and it is time they came to an end.
STWR's February newsletter coincides with the World Day for Social Justice 2016 and presents a round-up of the latest news, articles and blogs by STWR, including the launch of a new Japanese website and a look ahead to forthcoming publications.
The pursuit of social justice has long been fundamental to the UN’s mandate to promote equitable development and human dignity for all, and the theme for this year’s social justice day is ‘A Just Transition - environmentally sustainable economies and societies’.