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V20 issues Statement on Debt Restructuring

V20 Statement on Debt Restructuring Option for Climate-Vulnerable Nations
STATEMENT BY THE V20 PRESIDENCY

The V20 Group are the finance ministers of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). The CVF encompasses 48 countries with 1.2bn people. Ahead of COP26, the V20 has issued a statement on Debt Restructuring that draws upon the proposal “Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery (see our 3-minute video for a quick explanation).

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Debt Relief & The Poorest Countries With Stephany Griffith-Jones

The World Bank and IMF are likely to announce a new debt relief initiative at COP26, tying debt relief to Green investment. At the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI), DRGR-author Stephany Griffith-Jones explains our proposal as an alternative based on the Brady Plan that helped Latin America in the 1970s/80s, in which creditors would swap existing debt for guaranteed debt (with a haircut).

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G20’s Turn to Lead on Debt Relief for a Global Recovery

A commentary by the DRGR authors Kevin Gallagher, Shamshad Akhtar, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Ulrich Volz and Moritz Kraemer, published at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

The G20 measures in 2020 to support low income countries (LICs) facing unsustainable debt burdens were intended to give nations the space to mitigate consequences of the virus and rebuild their economies in a manner consistent with development and climate goals.

It has now become acutely apparent that such efforts were incomplete and inadequate. It is paramount that the G20 build on past work on debt relief and supplement it with new thinking and financing. Now that a significant increase in the allocation of Special Drawing Rights was endorsed last week, the G20 needs to build on its debt relief schemes to bring all countries in debt distress and all creditors to the table and to ensure that the recovery is aligned with the world’s broader development and climate goals.

Before COVID-19 started to spread across the world the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had already warned that global debt for both the public and private sectors had reached $188 trillion and that two-fifths of low-income countries were at high risk of, or already in, debt distress.

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The G20’s Missed Opportunity

At “Project Syndicate”, the DRGR authors Shamshad Akhtar, Ulrich Volz, Moritz Kraemer and Stephany Griffith-Jones warn against dangerous shortsightedness in sovereign-debt restructurings and suggest steps for comprehensive debt relief oriented around a green, inclusive recovery.

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UN Report Calls for Immediate Action Against Rising Inequality, Quoting the DRGR-Proposal

According to a new report by the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the fight against poverty and increasing global inequality. In its chapter on debt relief, the text refers to our proposal.