(24 March 2015, Addis Ababa) Africa’s finance ministers meet in Ethiopia 25-31 March to agree on the implementation of the recommendations from the African Union High Level Panel report on illicit financial flows. The report which was adopted by Heads of State in January showed the staggering loss of more than US$50billion from African economies every year through illegal flight of capital, most of which involves multinational companies evading or avoiding tax.
A new international agreement reached by world leaders today on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, is being heavily criticised by aid agencies, including ActionAid, who say rich countries are shirking their responsibility to respond to the growing impact of climate change.
Twenty years on from the landmark commitment made in Beijing in 1995 to empower women and to achieve gender equality, governments have met in New York to review progress on the agreement and have today adopted a new political declaration at the UN.
The Commission for the Status of Women takes place in New York from 9-20 March to review the agreement made in Beijing in 1995 that drew out a road map for the realisation of women’s rights and gender equality. In 1995 feminist groups and women’s rights organisations were at the forefront of defining this agenda. Today, the Political Declaration that the UN will endorse on the 9th March was drafted without feminist groups, women’s rights organisations and women human rights defenders.