Measuring Tax Transaction Costs in Small and Medium Enterprises (English, Spanish) is a result of a project, implemented jointly by FfDO and the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations, aimed at strengthening the capacity of national tax administrations (NTAs) in developing countries in Latin America to assess tax transaction costs (TTCs). The purpose of this publication is to provide NTAs with a methodology that allows them to identify and measure TTCs for taxpayers and tax institutions, thereby assisting in identifying possible reforms aimed at reducing these costs with a view to fostering greater tax compliance. This could lead to more effective and efficient tax systems supporting the desired level of investment, and result in sustainable increase in government revenues available to fund countries’ development goals.
Pursuant to its resolution 2013/24, the Economic and Social Council held, on 5 June 2014, a one-day meeting to consider international cooperation in tax matters including its contribution to mobilizing domestic financial resources for development and the institutional arrangements to promote such cooperation, with the participation of representatives of national tax authorities. In addition to an update on work of the UN Tax Committee, as well as relevant activities of major international organizations active in the area of international taxation, the meeting featured two panel discussions on “Current issues in domestic resource mobilization for development: Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS)” and “Extractive industries taxation issues for developing countries”. Read more >>
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/204, the President of the General Assembly appointed Ambassador George Talbot of Guyana and Ambassador Geir Pedersen of Norway the co-facilitators to convene inclusive and transparent intergovernmental consultations, with the participation of the major institutional stakeholders involved in the financing for development process, on all issues related to the third international conference on financing for development, including the date, format, organization and scope. Read more >>
Pursuant to its resolution 2013/44, the Economic and Social Council held its Special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on 14–15 April 2014 at the UN Headquarters, New York. The overall theme of the meeting was “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda”. The morning session on 14 April featured a Ministerial segment on “World economic situation and prospects”. The meeting also included thematic debates on: (a) Mobilization of financial resources and their effective use for sustainable development; and (b) Global partnership for development in the context of post-2015 development agenda. Read more >>
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 67/300, the High-level Dialogue was held on 7 and 8 October 2013 at UN Headquarters, on the overall theme “The Monterrey Consensus, Doha Declaration on Financing for Development and related outcomes of major United Nations conferences and summits: status of implementation and tasks ahead”. The two-day event included a series of plenary meetings chaired by the President of the General Assembly, at which ministers and high-level officials made formal statements, three interactive multi-stakeholder round tables and an informal interactive dialogue, with the participation of all relevant stakeholders. Read more >>
The UN Handbook on Selected Issues in Administration of Double Tax Treaties for Developing Countries was developed as part of a project implemented jointly by FfDO and the International Tax Compact. Its ten chapters were drafted by renowned international tax experts on the basis of the inputs provided by officials from national tax authorities in 35 developing countries, representing all regions of the world. Through a novel demand-driven approach, it provides practical guidance to developing countries to effectively implement double tax treaties, especially those drawing upon the United Nations Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries, having regard to the specific needs and interests of these countries.
FfD issues featured prominently in the work of the Second Committee of the 68th session of the General Assembly, including its general debate and consideration of agenda item 18 on Macroeconomic policy questions and 19 on Follow-up to and implementation of the outcome of the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development and the 2008 Review Conference. Deliberations resulted in the adoption of the following resolutions:
"International trade and development" (A/RES/68/199),
"International financial system and development" (A/RES/68/201),
"External debt sustainability and development" (A/RES/68/202),
"Follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development" (A/RES/68/204).
Pursuant to the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration on Financing for Development, the Financing for Development Office (FfDO) organized multi-stakeholder consultations on:
By its resolution 63/305 of 11 August 2009, the General Assembly established an ad hoc open-ended working group to follow up on the issues contained in the Outcome of the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development. The Co-Chairs of the Working Group (Ambassador Morten Wetland of Norway and Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe of Zambia), in consultation with all regional groups and key stakeholders, organized a series of six substantive meetings of the Group from April to June 2010. The outcome of these meetings was included in the report of the Working Group (A/64/884), which was presented by the Co-Chairs to the President of the 64th General Assembly.
By its resolution 63/303 of 9 July 2009, the General Assembly endorsed the Outcome of the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, held in New York from 24 to 30 June 2009. The 59-paragraph document sets forth a global consensus on the causes, impacts and responses to the current crisis; prioritizes the prompt, decisive and coordinated actions that are required; and defines a clear role for the United Nations.
The Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus (Doha, Qatar, 29 November - 2 December 2008) resulted in the adoption by consensus of the Doha Declaration on Financing for Development. Officials from more than 160 countries, including nearly 40 Heads of State or Government, attended the four day conference. The Doha Declaration reaffirmed UN Photo/Eskinder Debebethe Monterrey Consensus and called for a United Nations conference at the highest level on the world financial and economic crisis and its impact on development.