As the G7 held their annual meeting in the UK last June 2021, APMDD held debt actions in the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to raise anew the global call for debt cancellation. The meeting of G20 finance ministers from July 9-10 only reiterated the G7 positions of promoting limited, temporary and meager debt relief solutions and peddling more debts, while remaining silent on dire conditions in middle-income countries excluded from these schemes grows more. With peoples of the South facing deeper debt burdens in the coming years, without adequate public health support and facing ever-intensifying climate change, debt cancellation grows even more. It is a vital step for peoples’ survival from COVID-19 and the multiple crises.
Highlights of the Online Rally on Matabari Coal Power Hub on September 23, in solidarity with the grassroots resistance against the coal plant. People in Bangladesh already experience the worst impacts of the climate crisis — and building more coal plants will make climate change impacts worse. People are calling on Japan to stop funding coal plants in Bangladesh.
We stand today in Asia and link arms of solidarity on these Global Days of Action to make ourselves heard on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN General Assembly, that we demand national and global COVID19 measures based solidly on tax and fiscal justice, the primacy of people and human rights, and the sustainability of our environment and the planet.
The Philippines’ first socialist woman senator called on legislators and tax justice advocates to work together for progressive taxation that will reduce the tax burden of the poor and secure revenues for public services.