If you’ve been keeping up with our Trillion Dollar Scandal campaign you will know that this weekend the G20 Summit in Australia is going to be BIG!
Every year $1 trillion is siphoned out of developing countries through dodgy deals and tax evasion and this year’s meeting of the world’s biggest economies is our opportunity to stop it.
3.6 million deaths could be prevented each year in developing countries if action is taken to end the secrecy that allows corruption and criminality to thrive, and thanks to your actions in this campaign, we are one step closer to making this happen.
Throughout the campaign, thousands of ONE members around the world have taken action, telling world leaders to to stop the Trillion Dollar Scandal.
Ahead of this weekend’s G20 Summit we handed in your messages to governments and embassies around the world – here is a collection of our favourites:
Saira and Billy, our UK campaigners, travelled to the centre of British politics to deliver a petition to Number 10 Downing Street. We passed on the voices of over 86,000 ONE members calling on the British government to keep up the good work tackling dodgy shell companies and encourage other G20 leaders to do the same.
The team had a great meeting with Juan Carlos Lombardo, part of the Economics team at the Mexican Embassy in the UK. Mr. Lombardo highlighted Mexico’s commitment to ending the Trillion Dollar Scandal and key leadership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. He thanked ONE members for their brilliant work.
We also visited the Canadian High Commission in the UK to meet with senior officials and hand over our petition to the team. They asked great questions about our work on the extractive industry and showed real enthusiasm for the need to allow people to lift themselves out of poverty.
As one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Brazil has a key role in the G20 group. Leo, a Brazilian-British Youth Ambassador, joined the campaigns team for a great meeting with senior staff at their UK embassy. The team was very receptive to the issue and report, and asked what concrete action they could take to advance the campaign. The team said that they would discuss it with the Ambassador and get the message to the G20 team in Brazil.
We also met with enthusiastic staff at the South African High Commission to discuss the country’s role in ending the Trillion Dollar Scandal. The Commission team gave assurances that they would speak to the G20 team and make sure that South Africa played a leading role in the fight against corruption.
Tamira and Claire from our Brussels team handed over the petition to the team of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, just a day before they got on the plane to Australia. President Juncker’s team assured them that they would bring ONE members’ messages with them to the G20.
Just like these Russian dolls, anonymous shell companies hide their true content. The ONE team in Germany visited the Chancellery in Berlin to hand over the signatures calling on Chancellor Merkel to stand up to money laundering and stop the Trillion Dollar Scandal.