An ecumenical webinar will explore using the global tax system as a tool to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to repair systemic issues such as rising socio-economic inequality and runaway climate change.
Held on 25 June, 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST), the webinar addresses the G20 International Taxation Symposium and will discuss how proposals from social movements for tax justice and reparations – as called for in the ZacTax campaign – can help us achieve a just and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.
The Zacchaeus tax campaign calls for “a transformation in the global economic system”, and formed part of CWM’s New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) process. ZacTax Campaign was launched as a side event at the United Nations (UN) High-level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2019.
The NIFEA webinar is co-organised by Council for World Mission (CWM), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), and World Methodist Council as part of the New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) initiative.
- Opening and introduction, by Gordon Cowans
- “How and why is tax justice critical for a just and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic?” by Manuel (Butch) Montes
- “What are the models and practices for a reparatory global tax system and what could it deliver?” by Priya Lukka
- “What does recovery and reparation look like?” by Adetola Onamade and Marina Tricks (TBC)
- “Introduction to ZacTax toolkit and how can we as churches advocate for the ZacTax proposals?” by Philip Peacock and Justin Thacker
- Q&A moderated by Gordon Cowans
- Closing remarks by Gorden Simango
About the speakers
Gordon Cowans is moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, principal at Knox Community College, and a member of the Ecumenical Panel on a NIFEA.
Manuel (Butch) Montes is senior advisor at Society for International Development and a member of the Ecumenical Panel on a NIFEA. Previously he worked with the South Centre, the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the East-West Centre.
Priya Lukka is an international development economist and visiting research fellow at the Goldsmiths University in London. Previously she worked with ChristianAid in the UK.
Adetola Onamade and Marina Tricks are students involved in anti-racism, decolonial, and climate justice movements. Together with another young person, they are suing the United Kingdom government for failing to honour climate obligations under the Paris Agreement.
Philip Peacock is executive secretary for justice and mission at the WCRC and formerly associate professor in the Department of Theology, Ethics, and Social Analysis at Bishop’s College in India.
Justin Thacker is a theologian and medical doctor and currently coordinates the UK-based Church Action for Tax Justice.
Image caption: ZacTax Campaign’s launch in New York, 2019 as a side event at the United Nations (UN) High-level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals.