Civil society organizations, experts, and activists will unite at the 2nd Fiscal Justice & Human Rights Week, a series of virtual events occurring August 1-5, 2022. After just over a year since the launch of the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy (a ground-breaking set of principles and guidelines to ensure tax and budget policies realize rights and reduce inequalities), we’ll continue to reflect on how to promote fiscal measures that respond adequately to the multiple crises Latin America is facing.
The events, co-organized by CESR and our allies at the Initiative for Human Rights Principles in Fiscal Policy, are open to the public and will be carried out in Spanish (with interpretation to English in some cases). Here’s the complete list of events and how to join:
Monday, August 1
Fiscal alternatives for a just COVID-19 recovery (in Spanish, English and Portuguese interpretation available)
COVID-19 exacerbated the most urgent issues in Latin America and the Caribbean: growing inequality and poverty, the climate crisis, and State capture, among others. Since fiscal policy has enormous potential to combat these challenges, the scenario calls for a debate on fiscal alternatives that allow for a just and green recovery.
Soledad García Muñoz, IACHR’s Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights; Olivia Minatta, Program Associate at CESR; Marcio Ferreira, CIAT’s Executive Secretary; Santiago Díaz de Sarralde, director of Tax Studies and Research at CIAT, and Daniel Titelman, director of ECLAC's Economic Development division, will speak with Ivahanna Larrosa, from the Coalition for Human Rights in Development.
11 AM New York
12 PM Argentina & Brazil
5 pm Johannesburg
Care systems: Solving the triple inequality of gender, disabilities, and poverty (in Spanish)
How can we design public policies that tackle the inequalities that affect women, the LGBTIQ+ community, and persons with disabilities? We’ll gather to explore the synergies and challenges we face at this intersection.
Lucía Cirmi Obón, Undersecretary of Equality Policies at Argentina’s Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity; Ana Isabel Arenas, part of Colombia’s Mesa Integral de Economía del Cuidado; Alberto Vásquez, researcher at the Center for Inclusive Policy; Noelia Méndez, economist at CIEPP and IAFFE will dialogue with Lucía Ramírez, Gender Coordinator at Dejusticia and Malena Vivanco, from the Fiscal Justice program at ACIJ.
1:00 PM Guatemala
2:00 PM Mexico & Colombia
3:00 PM Chile
4:00 PM Argentina & Brazil
Tools to approach tax justice: course for journalists and civil society members (in Spanish)
The course aims to strengthen theoretical knowledge and expand the skills needed to analyze fiscal policy from a human rights perspective. Participants will learn about the primary debates in Mexico and the world about the taxation of people and corporations of high economic capacity and know more about tax exemptions in Mexico. They’ll also acquire tools to identify if public expenditure meets its objectives and contributes to guaranteeing human rights.
Organized by Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación y Quinto Elemento Lab, ICRICT, and the Initiative for Human Rights Principles in Fiscal Justice.
Tuesday, August 2
Latin America: A roadmap for fiscal and climate justice (in Spanish)
The region is going through uncertain and convoluted times: The climate emergency, COVID-19, and increasing levels of economic inequality create a complex landscape that is not being addressed through wealth taxes. The answer to these converging crises cannot be a return to austerity or a fiscal sacrifice that augments inequality. It is time to increase the capacity of States, exploring social and fiscal policies that fall on those who have been less impacted this far.
Susana Ruiz (Oxfam); Rodrigo Echecopar from GI-ESCR, and Jocelio Drummond, from PSI, will dialogue with Alejandro Rodriguez-Llach (ICRIT).
10:00 AM Guatemala
11:00 AM Mexico & Colombia
12:00 PM Chile
1:00 PM Argentina & Brazil
Thursday, August 4
Book launch: Cannabic Fiscal Principles (in Spanish)
Dejusticia researchers Isabel Pereira, Luis Felipe Cruz, and Alejandro Rodríguez will launch their book ‘Cannabic Fiscal Principles: elements for regulatory debate in Colombia’, which presents a clear and practical fiscal policy proposal for marihuana regulation, based on compared experience and following the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy.
Hernando Zuleta, professor at Universidad de los Andes; Diana Paola Valenzuela, vicepresidenta of Assocolcanna, and Isabel Pereira, co-author, will engage in conversation with Lorenzo Uribe, Dejusticia researcher.
3:30 PM Guatemala
4:30 PM Mexico & Colombia
5:30 PM Chile
6:30 PM Argentina & Brazil
In-person event in Bogotá, Colombia, with virtual streaming.