Our 12 point plan for democratic economic governance.

New out today is Put People First’s policy platform report. It’s our analysis of the job ahead of the G20 leaders, and a 12 point plan that could go a long way towards delivering democratic governance of the economy for jobs, justice and climate. You can download a copy of the report here in Adobe PDF format, but here are our headline recommendations:

  1. Compel tax havens to abide by strict international rules.
  2. Insist on fundamental governance reform of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  3. Make all financial institutions, financial products and multinationals transparent and publicly accountable.
  4. Ensure a massive investment in a green new deal to build a green economy based on decent work and fair pay.
  5. Invest in and strengthen public provision of essential services.
  6. Work to ensure sufficient emergency funding to all countries that need it, without damaging conditionalities attached.
  7. Deliver 0.7% of national income as aid by 2013, deliver aid more effectively and push for the cancellation of all illegitimate and unpayable developing country debts.
  8. Ensure that poorer states are allowed to take responsibility for managing their economies, including controlling
    cross-border capital flows.
  9. Stop pushing developing countries to liberalise and deregulate their economies, and do not attempt to rush through a completion of the Doha trade round, a deal that developing countries have rejected several times.
  10. In addition to the green new deal, introduce the robust regulatory requirements and financial incentives needed to deliver a green economy.
  11. Push for a deal at Copenhagen to agree substantial, verifiable cuts in greenhouse gases, which will limit temperature increases to well below 2°C.
  12. Commit to substantial new resource transfer from North to South, additional to Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), to support adaptation and sustainable development in poor countries.

March 13th, 2009 Put People First

  1. March 14th, 2009 at 08:06 | #1

    Please add national and international MONETARY REFORM to the policy platform, and press the G20 to discuss it on 2nd April. See petition at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/G20moneyreform/ . Please SIGN IT.

  2. Graziella de Cocatrix
    March 24th, 2009 at 22:41 | #2

    -Soory for my poor English-
    Concerning the Global warming, the North has a big debt to the South and should have to repair (to pay for it) all the natural disasters due to it in the South and to finance the most part of big programms of clean energies in these poor countries; and doing so, they will contribute to save our planet, and so to save themselves.

    NGOs should make a big campaign fo this requirement.

  3. Christopher
    April 1st, 2009 at 14:14 | #3

    Oh the march of folly. A perfect plan for a poorer, more oppressive, less democratic, and more dangerous world.

    I admire your passion, but your policies, if enacted, will be the doom of mankind.

  4. michael
    May 21st, 2009 at 15:48 | #4

    The “G20” Summit met in London on April 2nd 2009 to discuss a global approach to the financial meltdown which threatens the economic security of many nations around the earth and which has been recognized by the World Bank as a particularly serious threat to developing nations. Prior to the official meeting, on 28 March 2009, an estimated 35,000 people took part in the “March for Jobs, Justice and Climate”. The March was organised by “Put People First”, a civil-society coalition of more than 100 development non-governmental organizations and environmental groups. The coalition, which was created specifically in response to the Summit, put forward a twelve-point economic plan for democratic governance, demanding democratised financial institutions to deliver secure jobs and public services, an end to global poverty and inequality, and a green economy.
    What role do you think NGOs should play in the struggle for human rights recognition and development? How do you respond to the criticisms that NGOs are un-democratic and unaccountable? Should NGOs be regulated or does this threaten a free exchange of ideas? Does the INGO Accountability Charter provide an acceptable solution to this problem?

    ( pls help answering my essay questions. any idea?)

  5. fellow latrober
    May 27th, 2009 at 15:19 | #5

    u loser. do your own essay!

    why are you asking a bunch of other people? JESUS! idiot!

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