Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 18, 2014

The important Legacy of the Vienna Human Rights Conference for a New Development Agenda

 Through a chapter contributed to the book Vienna + 20 Advancing the Protection of Human Rights: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives 20 Years after the World Conference, published by the government of Austria, CoC team member Aldo Caliari joins distinguished officials and experts in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Conference on Human Rights.


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 11, 2014

RBW Speaks at Moscow Seminar on Russia's Contribution to Post-2015 Development Agenda

On March 12, 2014, CoC team member Aldo Caliari spoke at a High Level Expert Seminar held in the framework of Russia’s Group of 8 Presidency: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: towards a new partnership for development. What contribution could the Russian Presidency in the G8 make?” The seminar, held in Moscow, was organized by the Russian G8 Presidency team, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program. Mr. Caliari's presentation was part of a panel focused on how to make development finance work for sustainable development.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Feb 26, 2014

Preventing tax abuses: A human rights duty (February 2014)

Tax abuses deprive governments of the resources required to provide the programmes that give effect to economic, social and cultural rights, and to create and strengthen the institutions that uphold civil and political rights, according to a new report issued by a group of experts commissioned by the International Bar Association.

In a blog appeared on, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari comments on the report “Tax Abuses, Poverty and Human Rights,” comments on a report issued by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Event: Debt Problems of Small Vulnerable States: A Time to Act (February 2014)

On February 24, 2014, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari spoke at “The Debt Problem of Small  Vulnerable States: A Time to Act,” a panel discussion organized by the United Nations Financing for Development Office. The event took place in the occasion of the first PrepCom in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in Samoa in September 2014.


CoC co-organizes workshop on global production networks

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Feb 7, 2014

CoC co-organizes workshop on global production networks


Increasingly, production in the global economy is organized in cross-border large and complex networks of suppliers and services, called global production networks, also known as supply or value chains.  What are the implications of this mode of production for development prospects of developing countries? What are the impacts on their capacity to develop industrial sectors and raise the standards of living of their population? How do they affect trade and growth dynamics?  


On February 5-6, 2014, a seminar convened by Center of Concern and the Brazil-based Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, convened policymakers, academics and other experts to address these questions. Team member Aldo Caliari attended on behalf of the Center of Concern.

RBW attends meetings on sovereign debt restructuring, regional cooperation

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Dec 16, 2013

RBW attends meetings on sovereign debt restructuring, regional cooperation


On December 12, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari participated of the second meeting of UNCTAD’s Working Group on Sovereign Debt Workout Mechanisms, of which he is a member.

On December 13 he was one of the external experts at a workshop convened by UNCTAD on regional financial and monetary cooperation, with a focus on selected countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and West and Central Africa. Both events were held in Geneva, Switzerland.


Intergovernmental Experts on Financing Sustainable Development, CoC addresses

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Dec 8, 2013

Intergovernmental Experts on Financing Sustainable Development, CoC addresses


On December 5,  2013, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari was invited to speak to the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Financing for Sustainable Development. This body, tasked with developing a blueprint strategy for financing sustainable development and the new generation of goals to be agreed by 2015, was having its second session in New York.


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 27, 2013

CoC Offers Views on Macroeconomic and Financial Aspects of Sustainable Development

This week a United Nations intergovernmental body mandated to craft proposals for what the new goals on Sustainable Development should look like, met to consider the macroeconomic and financial policy aspects of that agenda. Center of Concern’s team member Aldo Caliari provided key inputs for those deliberations, held at the UN Headquarters in New York. At a panel on November 26th, 2013 he delivered a statement on behalf of the civil society organizations’ Finance and Trade Issues cluster. At a side-event the day before, on food price volatility, he discussed the theme “Facing the financialization of food markets: why, where and how in the post-2015 development agenda.”


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Nov 18, 2013

CoC-organized Workshop in Brazil Focuses on Regional Economic Cooperation

On November 20-21, 2013, Center of Concern co-organized a workshop “South–South financial and monetary cooperation: Assessing Brazil’s leadership role in intra- and inter-regional arrangements.” The event, co-organized with Brazilian think tank IPEA, brought together officials from the Brazilian government, as well as experts from academia, civil society and intergovernmental organizations for an assessment of progress on a range of intra- and inter-regional economic cooperation initiatives of which Brazil is a part. 


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