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G20 Declaration and IASB response

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08 Apr 2009

The Declaration on Strengthening the Financial System issued by the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) following their meeting in London on 2 April 2009 calls on the accounting standard setters to improve standards for determining the fair values of financial instruments in illiquid markets and to take other actions regarding complexity of financial reporting, provisioning, and off balance sheet financing, among other matters:

Accounting standards

We have agreed that accounting standard setters should take action by the end of 2009 to:

  • reduce the complexity of accounting standards for financial instruments;
  • strengthen accounting recognition of loan-loss provisions by incorporating a broader range of credit information;
  • improve accounting standards for provisioning, off-balance sheet exposures and valuation uncertainty;
  • achieve clarity and consistency in the application of valuation standards internationally, working with supervisors;
  • make significant progress towards a single set of high quality global accounting standards; and
  • within the framework of the independent accounting standard setting process, improve involvement of stakeholders, including prudential regulators and emerging markets, through the IASB's constitutional review.

The IASB has responded to the G20 leaders' recommendations and, at the same time, to Recent Decisions taken by the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Here are excerpts:

  • The IASB's response to the G20: 'The IASB is committed to taking action on each of the items recommended by the G20 by the end of 2009, the target date suggested by the G20, in order to ensure globally consistent and appropriate responses to the crisis.'
  • The IASB's response to the FASB actions: 'Initial reports regarding new or additional divergences between IFRSs and US GAAP being created by these FSPs appear to be overstated. A preliminary review of the FASB's decisions by IASB staff indicates that FASB's objectives and approach on the application of fair value when a market is not active appear to be broadly similar to those in IFRSs.'

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IASB Press Release (PDF 106k).

Declaration on Strengthening the Financial System (PDF 137k)

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