Summary: 23 April 2015, New York – European Union Speaking Points for the Informal meeting by the President of the United Nations General Assembly with Turkey’s G20 Sherpa, Ambassador Ayse Sinirlioglu
- Congratulations to Turkey for their engagement with the UN and strong push to ensure that all of the G20 work, not just the efforts of the Development Working Group (DWG), takes into account the needs and interests of developing countries. We fully support the approach that G20 needs to consider the impact of its policies, strategies and actions on developing countries. That includes important areas such as trade, Foreign Direct Investment, inclusive business, access to energy, employment and overall growth strategies. At the same time, cooperation to enhance the capacity of developing countries to unlock their trade and investment potential is of great importance.
- The G20 focus on growth and jobs is important for the global economy, with all the G20 Members’ plans to increase output by at least 2 per cent above the currently projected level in the next five years. This will be a strong contribution to realising the ambitious Post 2015 agenda.
- During 2015 when work is ongoing on an ambitious post 2015 framework, a critical issue is how the FfD and Post-2015 processes come together in a single framework. We strongly believe the Addis FfD conference should address the full range of means of implementation required for the post-2015 agenda – financial and non-financial, public and private, domestic and international.
- We consider that Turkey’s G20 priorities – Infrastructure, Food Security, Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM), Financial Inclusion, Human Resource Development and Inclusive Business – are well aligned to the UN work on such a comprehensive approach and can make an important contribution to speedy implementation.
- In particular, the G20 work on DRM and Taxation highlights the very direct support to the work being done here at the UN. The issue of domestic resource mobilisation is central. We want Addis to represent a new ambitious horizon on the focus on mobilising and effectively using all public resources. Without a clear commitment of all to make put their policies and finances to good use, the global challenges would remain unmet.
- The G20 DRM/taxation work is at the core of the G20 Leaders’ agenda, like it is in the Monterrey Consensus and also the latest UN discussions. The EU has actively supported the inclusion and involvement of developing countries, in particular LICs, into the G20 taxation work. We welcome that the G20 Development Working Group (DWG) now routinely discusses how to achieve broad participation of LICs in the various processes and meetings to set policy and best practice on DRM.
- We welcome the G20 work in this regard and strongly encourage the increasing participation of developing countries to global initiatives such as Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). A global approach by all countries as well as international organisations and regional tax administration forums is needed to provide an international tax environment that is fair, transparent, efficient and effective. We need to improve cooperation among existing bodies and making sure that all countries are in a position to participate and fully benefit from increased transparency at international level.
| Top |