Just a few days ago, we asked ONE members around the world to send their tweets and messages to G20 Finance Ministers, asking them to stop the Trillion Dollar Scandal. So far, an incredible 15,000 of you have responded, sending a clear statement to our leaders that we want this scandal to end now.
With Finance Ministers about to head off to Cairns, Australia, for one of a series of G20 meetings, we wanted to make sure they really got the message by personally handing over some of your tweets.
Every year $1 trillion is siphoned out of some of the world’s poorest countries through dodgy deals and tax evasion and this year’s G20 is our opportunity to stop it.
ONE estimates that as many as 3.6 million deaths could be prevented each year in the world’s poorest 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.
Here are some of our favourite hand-in pictures!
Jyrki Katainen is the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, and will meet G20 Finance Ministers in Australia, on the 20th of September. You sent him 1,200 tweets or messages asking him to take action.
The ONE team in France delivered thousands of tweets to the Cabinet of Michel Sapin, French Minister of Finance. During the meeting, the Cabinet confirmed that financial transparency will be a priority for France during this year’s G20. Michel Sapin will also be responsible for opening the session on these issues in Cairns this weekend.
In all the excitement the French team didn’t manage to get a picture with the Cabinet, but we love what they did for their hand-in – tweets from members were designed as headlines of a fake tabloid newspaper calling on finance ministers to end the trillion dollars scandal:
On Thursday team Germany surprised German finance minister Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble with a big yellow present as it was not only the day he left for Australia but also his birthday. Besides a large ONE branded flash light, which is supposed to bring light into the darkness of corruption and phantom firms, we also handed over 1000 Tweets from our members. Shortly after we got a message from Schäuble’s assistant that he had received the present just in time for his flight.
On Wednesday our ONE UK team delivered more than 2,500 messages to No. 11 Downing Street, home of the UK Chancellor George Osborne.
For the South Africa hand in, our UK Campaigns Assistant Billy met with Mr. Peace Kennedy, Counsellor Multilateral, who was very pleased to meet the team! He assured us that our messages would be passed to the team working on the G20, hopefully ensuring their commitment to ending the Trillion Dollar Scandal!
We’ll let you know what happens after the next Finance Ministers meeting in Cairns, but they will be meeting again before the big G20 summit so there is still time to send your message or tweet.