Nearly 200 NGOs call for G20 action to tackle illicit financial flows

April 16th, 2010

Last night, 194 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the  UNCAC Civil Society Coalition released a statement calling on the G20 Finance Ministers to tackle the issue of illicit financial flows at their meeting in Washington later this month.  The statement essentially mirrors the text of the G20 Transparency Petition – an initiative from Global Financial Integrity to gather 100,000 signatures calling on the G20 to address the serious issue of illicit financial flows by creating transparency in the international financial system.  You can add your list to the petition at  Scroll down for the full UNCAC Coalition statement and full list of NGO signatories.

Call for G20 action to tackle illicit financial flows

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, urge the Group of Twenty Countries (G20) to:

  • recognise the link between illicit outflows of capital from developing countries, absorption of those resources by tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions, and the adverse impact those flows have on poverty alleviation and economic development;
  • call on the Financial Action Task Force to amend its recommendations 33, 34, and VIII to provide that the beneficial ownership of all companies, trusts, foundations and charities be made a matter of public record;
  • reiterate the need for all jurisdictions to help recover the proceeds of bribery, embezzlement and other forms of corruption, and in particular to call on states to increase resources to investigate and prosecute corruption cases; to encourage the use of both criminal and non-conviction based asset forfeiture methods, and to provide coordinated, timely and effective mutual legal assistance, as promised by the G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Declaration of 11 May 2004;
  • instruct the International Accounting Standards Board to recommend that all multinational corporations report their income and taxes paid on a country by country basis; and
  • call on the OECD to create and promote a single multilateral agreement for effective tax information exchange between all jurisdictions.



Access Info Europe International
ActionAid International
Anti Slavery International International
Cafod International
Christian Aid International
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative International
Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women International
Global Witness International
International Council of Women International
International Trade Union Confederation International
Islamic Relief Worldwide International
La Strada International International
Public Services International International
Tax Justice Network International
Tearfund International
Tiri International
Transparency International -Secretariat International
UNICORN -Global Unions Anti-corruption Network International
SNAPAP Algeria
Asociacion Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia Argentina
Fundacion Mujeres en Igualdad Argentina
Grupo de Mujeres de la Argentina -Foro de VIH Mujeres y Familia Argentina
Poder Ciudadano Argentina
Transparency International Armenia Armenia
Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation Aruba
Mitigating Endemic Democratic Problems Australia
Transparency International Australia Australia
Uniting Church in Australia Australia
EITI -NGO’s for Extractive Industries Transparency Azerbaijan
Transparency International Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Bahrain Transparency Society Bahrain
Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio and Communication Bangladesh
BRAC University Bangladesh
Voice Bangladesh
Credcentre Benin
Club-Journalists against corruption Bulgaria
Buddhsim and Society Development Association Cambodia
Pact Cambodia
Cameroonian League for Human Rights Cameroon
Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR) Cameroon
Global Network for Good Governance Cameroon
Humanus International Cameroon
Research Alliance for Development Cameroon
Canadians For Accountability Canada
FAIR (Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform) Canada
Transparency International Canada Canada
Chile Transparente Chile
Partnership for Social Development Croatia
Oziveni Czech Republic
Ibis Denmark
AICO-Arab Organization for International Cooperation
Arab Thought Forum Egypt
Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance Egypt
Participatory Development Program (PDP) Egypt
Fundacion Nacional para el Desarrollo (FUNDE) El Salvador
Youth Education Forum F.Y. Republic of. Macedonia
Foundation Open Society Institute F.Y. Republic of Macedonia
Transparency Zero Corruption F.Y. Republic of Macedonia
Transparentnost Macedonia F.Y. Republic of Macedonia
CCFD-Terre Solidaire France
Helio International France
Plate Forme Paradis Fiscaux et Judiciaires France
Sherpa France
Transparency International France France
NGO ArtIdea Georgia
TRACC -Georgia Georgia
The Johanniter Germany
Transparency International Germany Germany
Ghana Integrity Initiative Ghana
Centre for European Constitutional Law Greece
Accion Ciudadana Guatemala
Stat View International Guinea
Afrikaplatform Hungary
Civil Society Development Foundation Hungary
Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights Hungary
K-Monitor Hungary
National Confederation of Hungarian Trade Unions Hungary
Centre for Applied Sociology India
Gram Bharati Samiti India
The National Center For Peace & Development India
Transparency International India India
Indonesia Corruption Watch Indonesia
LEIP Indonesia
National Law Reform Consortium Indonesia
Partnership for Governance Reform / Kemitraan Indonesia
Telapak Indonesia
Transparency International Indonesia Indonesia
Iraqi Center For Transparency and Corruption Iraq
Kurdistan Anti Corruption Network Iraq
Dochas Ireland
Transparency International Ireland Ireland
OMETZ Israel
Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale (CRBM) Italy
AfricCOG -Africa Centre for Open Governance Kenya
Bunge la Mwananchi Kenya
Kenya tuitakayo: Citizens’ Coalition for Constitutional Culture Kenya
Transparency International Kenya Kenya
Kuwait Transparency Kuwait
Public Investigation Bureau Latvia
Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives (AGENDA) Liberia
Center for Transparency & Accountability Liberia
Transparency International Lithuania Lithuania
Transparency Zero Corruption Macedonia
Baholalao Integrity Safeguard Committee Madagascar
Centre for Public Policy Studies Malaysia
Libertad en accion Mexico
Transparencia Mexicana Mexico
MANS Montenegro
Etica y Transparencia Nicaragua
Association Nigérienne de Lutte contre la Corruption (ANLC) Niger
African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) Nigeria
African Youth Empowerment Nigeria
Blossom Nigeria Project Nigeria
Equity Advocates Nigeria
Grass Root Anti-Corruption Awareness Network Initiative Nigeria
Independent Advocacy Project (IAP) Nigeria
Moms Club International Nigeria Nigeria
Nigeria Labour Congress Nigeria
NPA Nigeria Nigeria
Publish What You Pay/NEITI Nigeria
Save Earth Nigeria Nigeria
Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) Nigeria
Transparency in Nigeria Nigeria
Women Environment & Development Network (WEDEN) Nigeria
Women in Publishing (WIP) Nigeria
Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP) Nigeria
Zero Corruption Coalition Nigeria
Attac Norway
Norwegian Church Aid Norway
GINI -Governance Institutions Network International Pakistan
PILDAT -Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development & Transparency Pakistan
Society for the Empowerment of People-STEP Pakistan
Transparency International Pakistan Pakistan
AMAN -Transparency International Palestine Palestine
Grupo de Trabajo Contra la Corrupcion (GTCC) / Work Group against Corruption Peru
National Human Rights Coordination Body Peru
Proetica Peru
Business for Integrity 2020 Philippines
Global watch Philippines
Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK) Philippines
Transparency and Accountability Network Philippines
Transparency International Philippines Philippines
Ummah Fi Salam Philippines
Asociatia Romana pentru Transparenta Romania
Trade Union Elie Radu Romania
Transparency International Russia Russia
Transparency International Rwanda Rwanda
Forum Civil Senegal
REPAOC Senegal
Africa Youth for Peace and Development Sierra Leone
Youth Partnership for Peace and Development Sierra Leone
Open Society Foundation (OSF) Slovakia
Transparency International Slovakia Slovakia
Integriteta-association for ethics in public service Slovenia
Transparency International Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
Human Rights Trust of Southern Africa South Africa
Institute for Security Studies (ISS) South Africa
T.F.A.C (The Fight Against Corruption ) South Africa
Heungsadan (Young Korean Academy) Transparency Movement South Korea
K-Pact Council South Korea
Transparency International Korea South Korea
Transparency International Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Transparency International Sweden Sweden
Basel Institute on Governance -ICAR Switzerland
Transparency International Switzerland Switzerland
Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
Transparency International Chinese Taipei Taiwan
Luta Hamutuk Institute Timor Leste
Transparency Institute Trinidad and Tobago
Transparency International Uganda Uganda
Water Governance Institute Uganda
Association for Accountancy and Business Affairs United Kingdom
Partnership for Transparency Fund United Kingdom
Protimos United Kingdom
Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID)
Tax Research UK (Richard Murphy, Director) United Kingdom
The Corner House United Kingdom
The office of Lord Brennan, UK United Kingdom
Trades Union Congress (TUK) United Kingdom
Transparency International UK United Kingdom
War on Want United Kingdom
World Wildlife Fund UK United Kingdom
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative United States
Financial Intelligence Council United States
Hills Program on Governance United States
Project on Organizing Development Education and Research United States
The Jus Semper Global Alliance United States
Transparency International USA United States
Observatorio Hannah Arendt Venezuela
Provea Venezuela
Transparencia Venezuela Venezuela
Citizens Forum Zambia
Transparency International Zambia Zambia

Written by Clark Gascoigne

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