The G20 Summit officially beings today in Cannes, and Oxfam is working hard to influence governments to put smart development solutions at the heart of their decision-making. Especially when we’ve discovered that aid from rich nations is likely to fall $9 billion by the end of next year (the biggest drop in aid in 15 years), it’s even more crucial that we support other innovative ways to free up resources for development and climate adaptation, and fix the systematic flaws that hit people living in poverty hardest.
Already this week, we’ve had three big stunts in the lead up to the summit. On Monday, we gathered for a glamorous photo shoot on the red-carpeted steps of the Petit Palais in Paris. A large banner in the scene read: Cannes G20 - It’s no movie! We’re calling on world leaders to take concrete steps towards development, not just put on another show.
The next day, there was a huge march through Nice of around 6,000 protesters, including more than 100 activists dressed as Robin Hood demanding that the government puts people before finance. It was there that we brought your incredibly powerful #tweetG20 messages - which made it to the front page of France’s 20 Minutes newspaper! And Wednesday’s stunt on “La Croisette” in Nice revealed members of the G20 (or at least Oxfam activists posing as them) signing a giant scroll that symbolized the adoption a Financial Transactions Tax.
Leaders of G20 countries have received tens of thousands of letters from people all over the world asking them to support the tiny tax, and we’re bringing that momentum to France where we’re hoping a group of pioneer countries take the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) forward and link the funds raised to development and climate.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on the progress in Cannes over the next two days.