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Financial markets on commodities -- what do they have to do with development?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Apr 5, 2012

Financial markets on commodities -- what do they have to do with development?

On April 11, Center of Concern co-hosts a panel discussion at the United Nations to look at the impacts of the growing financialization of commodity markets on development, and discuss options to reduce price volatility not due to fundamentals. What are the major initiatives to reform regulation of U.S. and EU commodity derivatives markets? What are those proposed by the G-20 and UN agencies? What should civil society do to deepen greater policy coordination to tackle the issue of extreme commodity price volatility?

Read more on this event.

Do “Shared Societies” make economic sense?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 27, 2012

Do “Shared Societies” make economic sense?

On March 28-30, in the city of Maastricht, Netherlands, a workshop will be hosted by the Maastricht School of Management and the Club de Madrid, an organization grouping more than 80 democratically-elected former Heads of State.

The workshop explores whether Shared Societies – a concept that has been coined by Club de Madrid to refer to  societies where everyone feels they belong-- can support more resilient economies. RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari delivers a paper that discusses why Shared Societies make economic sense by building on the contributions of different economic schools.

Read about Shared Societies.

Recent events on Shared Societies that COC has cosponsored.

Center of Concern | Thu, Mar 22, 2012

Center endorses "Priorities for a Faithful Budget," rejects Ryan Budget

 

Standing in stark contrast to Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal supported by Republicans, some of America’s top religious officials today unveiled for congressional consideration a "Faithful Budget" proposal. Priorities for a Faithful Budget is a set of comprehensive and compassionate budget principles that will protect the common good, value each individual and help lift the burden on the poor. The Faithful Budget can be read in its entirety: click on the thumbnail image.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 12, 2012

Financing development and financial transaction taxes …

...were subject of presentations delivered on March 12 and 13 by Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari.

On March 12, in the city of Bilbao, Spain, he guest lectured at the University Deusto. The following day, he delivered a presentation at an event organized by the Bilbao-based organization ALBOAN on the theme “Financing for Development in a Crisis Context. ” At another event, in the evening, he was one the speakers at a panel to launch the book “Globalizing solidarity: A Tax on Financial Transactions,” authored by Manfred Nolte.

Download press release (available in Spanish only).

Download a copy of Manfred Nolte's book (available in Spanish only) for free.

COC addresses delegates at UN Conference on Trade and Development

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 6, 2012

COC addresses delegates at UN Conference on Trade and Development

As part of the preparatory process for the coming quadrennial conference of UNCTAD, RBW Project Director was one of the speakers at a Hearing with Civil society being held on March 7, 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The theme of the conference will be "Development-led globalization: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Growth."

Download agenda of the UNCTAD XIII Civil society hearings.

Read report on the Hearings.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Mar 1, 2012

RBW speaks on Latin America/ Caribbean regional monetary cooperation

On February 27-28, Center of Concern co-organized a regional meeting “Analysis and Proposals for the Consolidation of the Regional Financial Architecture, ” in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. Of the event, hosted and co-convened by the intergovernmental organization Latin America and Caribbean Economic System (SELA), participated, inter alia, regional financial mechanisms, ministries of finance and central banks of the Latin America/Caribbean region, and experts.

More information on this event.

(Click here for information in Spanish).

Center of Concern | Thu, Mar 1, 2012

Responsible Lending and Borrowing Principles presented in US Congress

Speaking at a Congressional Briefing on March 1, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari presented the Principles on Lending and Borrowing on behalf of Jubilee USA.

The principles, ellaborated in a recent Jubilee USA report, aim at ensuring a lasting solution to the debt overhang and its crushing impact on poor countries ' development opportunities.  

Experts claim fiscal policy critical to successful trade strategy in the Caribbean

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Feb 19, 2012

Experts claim fiscal policy critical to successful trade strategy in the Caribbean

"The countries in our region cannot afford to neglect exploration of all ways fiscal policies can help extract the greatest possible benefits from trade,” said Prof Rosalea Hamilton, founding director, Institute of Law and Economics, in a press release issued at a workshop co-organized with the Center of Concern in the city of Kingston, Jamaica.

Central Banks and Human Rights: Do They Have Obligations?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Feb 3, 2012

Central Banks and Human Rights: Do They Have Obligations?

Most people might think central banks have no role whatsoever in fulfilling human rights obligations. Indeed, years of economic doctrine have predicated that central banks are "independent." But Central Banks, as organs of their governments, do have a role to play in meeting its human rights obligations. Their independence has frequently been used to shield them from transparency and accountability, a new primer published by the initiative "A bottom up approach to righting financial regulation" argues.

Responsible lending should be at heart of addressing root causes of poverty

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jan 25, 2012

Responsible lending should be at heart of addressing root causes of poverty

Responsible lending and borrowing would contribute to the achievement of the development aspirations of the world's poorest, says a new study just released by Jubilee USA. The study also makes recommendations on what the US government could do to promote such practices.

Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari was one of the main contributors to the report.

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