ANEEJ and Other CSOs Demand United Nations Convention on Tax
By: Femi Mustapha
As the 4th United Nations Financing for Development Conference gets underway in New York on April 17, 2023, the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and other civil society actors have demanded a United Nations Convention on Tax as a key to global tax reforms.
This was contained in a statement by ANEEJ’s Deputy Executive Director, Leo Atakpu, and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The statement noted that Nigeria had been a major champion for tax reform or tax convention at the United Nations.
The statement further stated that unfortunately, Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF), which was developed last year alongside 85 other INFFs of other developing countries of the global South, did not contain any information about the UN Convention on Tax it had championed.
The statement added that Nigeria may have caved into pressure from powerful nations and their agents.
ANEEJ representative and Deputy Executive Director, Leo Atakpu, who is part of the CPDE delegation, flagged the issue at the CSO strategy meeting. It is now a major issue being pushed to be reflected in the outcome document as heads of governments, ministers, and other stakeholders meet at the UN Headquarters in New York from April 17-20, 2023.