Launch event for Handbook on Carbon Taxation

Launch event for Handbook on Carbon Taxation

UNDESA organized a virtual panel discussion and launch event on “The Handbook on Carbon Taxation for Developing Countries: a tool to advance countries’ decarbonization efforts and contribute to the commitments of the Paris Agreement”. The event was held on 25 October 2021, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., New York time. 

For Agenda, please click HERE.  For Biographies of Speakers, please click HERE.

The informal event took place on the occasion of the launch of the new UN Handbook on Carbon Taxation for Developing Countries and in preparation of COP26; it was framed in the broader discussion on the UN Tax Committee’s contribution to advancing a Tax and SDGs approach to enhancing international tax cooperation for sustainable development.

The panel discussed how carbon taxation can be instrumental in the fight against climate change, and support countries’ efforts in fostering economic recovery measures, as part of a global response to the current COVID-19 pandemic-induced multidimensional crisis. Panelists also analyzed the relevance of the Handbook in view of COP26 and how this publication can support countries at all levels of development – and in particular developing countries and countries in special situations – in advancing their decarbonization efforts and meeting their pledges under the Paris Agreement.

The English version of the Handbook is available in electronic format (PDF), with French and Spanish versions to follow in the first half of 2022.

The event was opened by representatives from the United Nations and the donor community. The panel discussion and moderated Q&A with panelists engaged experts from developing countries, regional tax organizations, civil society organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector.

Introductory remarks – Mr. Navid Hanif, Director, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, UNDESA

Closing remarks – Ms. Caroline Lombardo, Chief, International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, UNDESA

All UN Member States and interested stakeholders were welcomed to participate in the event. 

For questions or further information, kindly contact our organizing team for this event in the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch/FSDO at taxcommittee@un.org.