Since the founding Conference in Paris in 2006, the Leading Group has been steadily expanding, gathering 63 countries, international organisations, foundations and NGOs.
Since its inception in 2006, much progress has been made in terms of concrete achievements and international mobilization. Following the initial Paris Conference in February 2006, the Leading Group, led by a rotating six-month presidency, met in Brasilia, Oslo, Seoul, Dakar, Conakry, Paris, Santiago and Tokyo.
Over the course of the past few years, the Leading Group has become an important platform for discussion, sharing information and promoting innovative financing mechanisms.
The Leading Group’s initial mission was defined at the Paris Conference in 2006:
Contribute to the emergence and circulation of projects for innovative development financing mechanisms;
Promote the idea of solidarity levies among our partners and international forums;
Develop the international air-ticket solidarity levy which is being implemented by a first group of countries with a view to extending it to other countries according to their possibilities;
Review methods of using revenues generated by the international air-ticket solidarity levy for coordinated and long-term action in the health and development sectors.
Much remains to be done. The latest strides in development led the Leading Group to broaden its discussion to cover other fields, such as climate change, education and tax avoidance.
At the Doha Conference in december 2008, the Leading Group called for a change in scale in implementing innovative financing mechanisms for development.
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