So now that you know about the Trillion Dollar Scandal, which is depriving poor countries of more than $1 trillion every year, what can you actually do about it?
Destroying a global web of secrecy that allows criminals to launder their money, and is doing a very good job of making many billions simply disappear, feels like quite a tough job to me. And possibly quite a dangerous one.
The good news is that a lot of people around the world are already on it. People like Rafael Marques de Morais from Angola, a journalist who is exposing corruption in the oil, gas and mining industries. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling incredible individuals and organisations from all over the world that are pulling on threads and starting to unravel this web of corruption.
ONE members have already helped win some landmark campaigns on this issue. Thanks in part to their actions, new legislation that requires oil, gas, mining and logging companies to publish what they pay to governments has already been passed in the US and Europe.
But now we’re calling on 6 million ONE members to stand together and look in one direction: the G20. This group of the world’s biggest economies have the power to make new laws that could help stop the Trillion Dollar Scandal. When they meet in Australia in November, we want them to be talking about how they will do that.
The first step is to get their attention. And to get the attention of the right people.
G20 finance ministers have the power to influence action on the issues we think are important for ending the Trillion Dollar Scandal (check out our report for the policy details). If we can convince them to get the job started and get the G20 leaders on board, we’ll be off to a great start.
The G20 involves a series of meetings which have already started, and which culminate in the leaders summit in November. Finance Ministers are meeting in Cairns, Australia, on 20 September – so that’s why we need you to put pressure on them now.
We know one tweet wouldn’t do much. So it’s understandable that some people might not see the point. But your single tweet will be part of something much bigger.
Imagine for a minute you’re the finance minister of your country.
You’re sifting through the latest pile of briefings and reports on your desk and pick up ONE’s Trillion Dollar Scandal report. Looks interesting but you’ve got lots to do, so you put it in a pile to read later.
You grab a coffee and scan the news headlines – someone’s talking about a scandal affecting developing countries, and how the G20 must end it.
Later on you check your Twitter feed on the way to a meeting and notice lots of people are tweeting pictures of you, asking you to stop the Trillion Dollar Scandal. A quick call to your assistant confirms you’ve been sent thousands of them.
Now you’re interested – where’s that report?
— ONE UK (@ONEintheUK) September 3, 2014
At ONE, we’re working from all angles to tackle this issue, from high-level advocacy to media outreach. But it’s when our members across the world speak out in support that we really see change happen.
With partner organisations also calling for new laws to tackle secrecy and corruption, we stand a real chance of stopping this Trillion Dollar Scandal.