Jubilee USA

For Immediate Release

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Sophia Har, Communications Director sophia@jubileeusa.org / (o) (202) 783-3566 x101 (m) (651) 815-1818

Eric LeCompte in Addis Ababa: eric@jubileeusa.org

World Leaders Reach Development Agreement at UN Summit

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - Heads of state and high-level government officials reached a global development agreement during the Third Annual Financing for Development Conference. Negotiations reached a sticking point over a global tax body that would propose global tax policies to assist the developing world in raising new revenues. The agreement does focus on significantly curbing corruption and tax evasion by 2030. Governments finally negotiated a deal Wednesday after three days of marathon meetings to approve the agreement text. The agreement will be formally adopted on Thursday in a vote at the UN Economic Commission for Africa.‎

"The final negotiations were challenging," said Eric LeCompte, who participated in the summit as the Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA Network. "But now we have an agreement and we need to keep working together because people's lives hang in the balance."

The ten paragraphs focused on debt reached Addis Ababa already agreed upon by the negotiators. These issues were also central to past Financing for Development agreements, as negotiators argue that strengthening these polices can raise billions of dollars a year for the developing world. Central debt issues include improving debt restructuring, promoting transparency in lending and borrowing and stopping so-called "vulture funds."

"Consensus came quickly during earlier negotiations in New York on a menu of options to stop predatory hedge funds," said LeCompte, who serves on UN expert groups that have long sought to tackle this type of investment behavior. "World leaders unanimously condemn these actors who take advantage of countries facing financial crisis."

LeCompte is scheduled to appear on the final official UN round table on Thursday to discuss follow-up on debt, trade, tax and other "systemic issues" from the outcome document.

"We can only end poverty if we address the systems that perpetuate poverty," said LeCompte. "That's why world leaders focus so specifically on debt, tax and trade policies."

Read more about the Third Financing for Development Conference.

See the schedule for the final round table: Ensuring policy coherence and an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development.

Read Eric LeCompte's speech on solutions for "vulture funds" during UNCTAD's side event, Dealing with Uncooperative Creditors in Sovereign Debt Workouts.


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Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 650 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA builds an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA wins critical global financial reforms and won more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

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