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European Parliamentarians draws link between financial crisis and human rights

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Feb 23, 2013

European Parliamentarians draws link between financial crisis and human rights

The European Parliament is discussing a resolution that focuses on impacts of the financial crisis on human rights. Social security, the rights of the child, right to food and even political rights suffered as a result of the crisis, according to the current draft.

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How independent will the Doing Business Review be?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jan 11, 2013

How independent will the Doing Business Review be?

A controversial World Bank project that ranks countries on their business environment is going to be reviewed after 10 years of implementation. Among other issues, the rankings tend to exhibit an anti-labor and –tax bias. But civil society organizations already fear the review process has been rigged to screen out critical voices, Aldo Caliari argues in a recent article.

64 years later: How to account for financial markets in the realization of human rights today?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Dec 17, 2012

64 years later: How to account for financial markets in the realization of human rights today?

When the Universal Declaration on Human Rights proclaimed that economic social and cultural rights should be realized “through national effort and international cooperation,” surely the governments negotiating the text had in mind a different financial system than the one we witness today, says Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari in this blog posting on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

New Website to Expose Financial Sector Abuses, Launched on International Human Rights Day

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Dec 9, 2012

New Website to Expose Financial Sector Abuses, Launched on International Human Rights Day

"The financial crisis harm to conditions of human rights enjoyment worldwide is well documented. Yet, financial regulation continues to be treated as if human rights did not need to be part of the discussion," say members of the initiative in a press release issued on the occasion.

Center of Concern Speaks on Human Rights Responsibilities of the Financial Sector

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Dec 2, 2012

Center of Concern Speaks on Human Rights Responsibilities of the Financial Sector

Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari represented the Center of Concern at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva on December 4 and 5 2012. On the 5th, he was a panelist at a session of the Forum addressing the theme “The finance sector and the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”

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Webcast of panel presentations (Caliari's presentation begins at 03:28)

More information on the Forum.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 21, 2012

Center of Concern staff speaks at Central American Finance Ministers gathering

On November 23, 2012, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari is speaking at the XXX Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Finance of Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic, held in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador. The  presentation introduced the International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages as part of activities Center of Concern undertakes to support developing country governments policy dialogue, research and development addressing areas that bridge trade and finance. Latin America member organizations of the working group will also be represented at the meeting.

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