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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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UN General Assembly 2021: Debt Highlights

As part of Eurodad’s advocacy efforts, the civil society network followed the interventions of heads of state with a focus on debt and climate issues at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) of 2021. We share below a list with links to the relevant speeches on these issues that Eurodad assembled from watching the debates at UNGA.

This year’s General Assembly was marked by the growing number of calls for reform of the international financial architecture. Adoption of measures such as the establishment of a debt workout mechanism, improved debt restructuring processes, immediate debt cancellation and relief, as well as the need to recognize and act on the increasingly important linkages between debt and climate were present throughout speeches and declarations made by leaders of developing countries.

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DRGR Ideas in the Media

Press Coverage on the Occasion of US President Biden’s Climate Summit

Prior to the virtual meeting of 40 world leaders around Earth Day, the concept of debt relief for a green and inclusive recovery played a prominent role in numerous articles. Still, the White House itself seems to have missed the opportunity to address it appropriately.

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New York Times Refers to DRGR in Comprehensive Article on Green Debt Relief

In the midst of the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, the NY Times published an article on the “systemic risk” debt and climate change pose on the world economy, quoting the DRGR proposal.

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Statement on Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery

The following Statement on Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery is supported by 23 former Central Bank Governors and former Finance Ministers from around the world. The statement calls on the G20 to enact a Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery Initiative that requires bilateral, multilateral,and private sector debt relief on a grand scale, analogous to the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.

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The G20 Debt Plan Does Not Go Far Enough

The COVID-19 crisis has come at the worst possible time for humanity. The poorest countries were already struggling to meet their development goals in the face of cyclones, wildfires, and droughts, and the world now has only a decade left to slow down increases in global temperature and sea levels before they become catastrophic, and invest in climate-resilient development.

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Invitation: Launch of the Report ‘Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery’

On Monday, 16. November 2020, 2pm UTC, we launch our first report. It puts forth an ambitious proposal for concerted and comprehensive debt relief on a global scale to support sustainable recoveries, economic resilience, and a just transition to a low-carbon economy.