Engaging Faith | Fri, May 25, 2012

Faith engages ecology, Rio+20

Pope Benedict has not been shy in regards to issues of the environment. He has spoken frequently about everyone's right to food, right to water and responsible sharing. He has spoken about the real meaning of progress and development and what that means for our planet of limited resources. He has discussed climate change, the connection between science and nature, and how the path of cultivating peace is directly linked to protecting creation.  In preparation for the UN Conference Rio+20, some faith analysis is important reading.  Sell also the Faith, Econ omy and Ecology Transitions webpage.

Center of Concern | Fri, May 25, 2012

Rio+20 - Important Opportunity


Rio+20 is a chance to become more sustainable, says WWF report

Humanity's patterns of migration, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are outpacing the Earth's ability to replenish itself, according to a report by the conservation group WWF. "The Rio+20 conference next month is an opportunity for the world to get serious about the need for development to become sustainable. Our report indicates that we haven't yet done that since the last Rio summit," said David Nussbaum, CEO of WWF's U.K. office.  For more on the report, click here.  For further analysis of the Rio+20 conference we recommend the materials of CIDSE and of the Third World Network

Crisis response, the Group of 20 and human rights

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, May 20, 2012

Crisis response, the Group of 20 and human rights

Group of 20 Leaders began meeting in 2008 as a primary forum for cooperation in responding to the financial emergency and reshaping the international monetary and financial system.

The fact that they are an informal grouping of countries focusing on economic and financial issues does not mean they are exempt of human rights obligations, argues this new primer by the "A Bottom Up Approach to Righting Financial Regulation" initiative.

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New consensus on finance: what does it mean for international trade rules?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, May 4, 2012

New consensus on finance: what does it mean for international trade rules?

The rules in the World Trade Organization (WTO) that apply to trade in financial services were developed at a time when there was a prevailing consensus on the benefits of financial liberalization and de-regulation. At this event Center of Concern co-organized in Doha, Qatar, panelists from government, civil society and academia assessed the impacts of the emerging consensus on regulating the financial sector and what it means for those rules.

Fixing finance is not enough

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Fixing finance is not enough

The reform of the financial sector is, after the colossal failures that began in 2008, front and center of the agenda. But neglecting the steps to correct monetary and financial policies that increase income and wealth inequality has been deleterious to growth, to social cohesion and to economic stability.

A new publication co-issued by Center of Concern convenes thinkers from governments, international organizations and academia to make the case for an urgent link between reforms in the financial sector and their social consequences.

Center of Concern holds panel events in Washington DC and Doha

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Apr 22, 2012

Center of Concern holds panel events in Washington DC and Doha

On Sunday, April 22, in the occasion of the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Center of Concern cosponsored a seminar in Washington DC, promoting “Shared Societies” together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Club de Madrid.

On April 24, in the city of Doha (Qatar) and on the sidelines of the UNCTAD XIII Conference being held there, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari moderated two side-events discussing investment policy and on trade in financial services.

On April 26, he spoke at the panel "Development Banks: Strategic Role in Financing Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth," which is part of the official program of UNCTAD XIII.

Human Rights and Financial Transaction Taxes

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 16, 2012

Human Rights and Financial Transaction Taxes


Human rights law requires governments to protect against, and prevent, human rights abuses by third-parties. What does this mean for private financial actors in the context of the recent global economic crisis? A new primer argues that Financial Transaction Taxes would be an important step in the direction of revitalizing the struggle for economic and social rights by demanding accountability for failures to protect human rights through economic policy.