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EBRD Transition Report 2013: Emerging economies can break through reform stagnation

EBRD Transition Report 2013: Emerging economies can break through reform stagnation

Reviving reforms is essential to put economic convergence back on track.

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America - UN Report

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America - UN Report

Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, the United Nations reported today, calling for inclusive economic growth and enhanced security and justice institutions as the most efficient ways to reduce insecurity.

A Green Light for a New World Bank Group

A Green Light for a New World Bank Group

Six months ago, the World Bank Group’s member countries endorsed a bold plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity. Today, they gave the Bank Group the green light to reposition itself to better tackle these goals.

Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

13 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to step up its financial investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat climate change, adding that time is running out to address this global threat.

Extended US Government Shutdown Will Hurt World's Poor

Extended US Government Shutdown Will Hurt World's Poor

An extended U.S. government shutdown could have enormous consequences for the world's poor and roll back critical global investments in fighting disease, hunger and extreme poverty, NGO alliance InterAction warned this week.

Media Note on the informal meeting of BRICS Leaders ahead of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg

BRICS Leaders met on 5 September 2013, ahead of the formal opening of the G20 Summit in St Petersburg.

The St.Petersburg Development Strategy and the FSB Report on Progress in Reforming Financial Regulations are released

The G20 Leaders approved the St.Petersburg Development Strategy prepared by the G20 Development Working Group. The Strategy outlines the priorities of the G20's work in this sphere over the medium term.

BRICS may agree on $100 bn currency fund during G20 summit

BRICS may agree on $100 bn currency fund during G20 summit

BRICS countries may reach consensus at next month's G20 summit on creating a $100 billion currency reserve fund to help ease short-term liquidity pressure and safeguard financial stability of major emerging economies, a senior Chinese central bank official said today.

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

China signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters at the OECD. All G20 countries have now fulfilled the commitment they made at the Cannes G20 Summit to sign the Convention and move towards automatic exchange of information as the new, global standard.

Address by Vladimir Putin on the occasion of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in St.Petersburg

“I am convinced that the forthcoming Leaders’ Summit in St.Petersburg will reaffirm the G20’s role as an efficient mechanism for coordinating the world’s leading economies’ policy approaches to global economy and finance.”



Expert Views about Finance, Crisis, Money

Stalled IMF reforms could leave Fund on shaky ground Stalled IMF reforms could leave Fund on shaky ground
Delays in ratifying historic changes to give emerging markets more power at the International Monetary Fund have threatened the lender's credibility and raised questions about its future funding and governance structure.

Are BRICS any use for rebuilding the collapsing global financial architecture?
In its most recent world public opinion survey, the Pew Research Centre found that ‘international financial instability’ is considered a major threat by 52 percent of those polled was a close second, after climate change at 54 percent).

(AUDIO) G20 Panel Discussion by Nancy Alexander, Julia Kulik, Andrew Zhu
The G20 concluded in St Petersburg last week and although much of the talks before, during and after the gathering was about Syria and the military intervention that isn't, there were also the important subjects of tax evasion and the economic stability of the BRICS nations and emerging markets on the agenda.

VIDEO - G20 for Change: NGOs voices at the G20 Summit 2013
From the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg: Transparency International, InterAction, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children

G20 focus on Jobs, but Leaders distracted in a Summit fraught with political tensions
While the Syria crisis dominated much of the G20 discussion, the leaders’ statement takes positive steps towards recognising the dangers of a social crisis driven by unemployment, inequality and exclusion.

GFI Applauds G20 Commitment in Historic Crackdown on Tax Evasion
All G20 Countries Expect to Be Actively Exchanging Information Automatically by End of 2015. Promises to Aid Developing Counties with Implementation Welcome, but More Must be Done to Help World’s Poorest. G20 Fails to Tackle Anonymous Shell Companies.

Pride and prejudice as curtain comes down on the G20
Last orders at the G20 Summit and the press narrative here solidified around “the grumpy summit” and “economic agenda hijacked by Syria” headlines. A Russian official may or may not have alleged the UK was “a small island no one listens to”, lighting up Twitter and the British tabloids. We are fortunate the “family photo” taken earlier did not end in fisticuffs.

For G20 leaders, poverty is a taxing issue
The G20 has been dominated by Syria, tax reform, and playground infighting among world leaders. But where is the talk of ending hunger, eradicating diseases or cancelling debts?

G20 Lays Out Plan that Could Help the World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up
The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.

Oxfam verdict on the G20 Russia Summit
On tax, Syria and inequality.

Why the Values of the BRICS Matter
In this recorded discussion, Ben Cormier discusses his dissertation on “Why the Values of the BRICS Matter”.  Ben is a Graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Labor Relations.



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