Education for Justice | Mon, Sep 19, 2011

Solidarity Across the Globe

Solidarity is embodied wherever people overcome barriers that prevent us from seeing one another as fully human and deserving of respect. Protestants and Catholics across India celebrated Dalit Liberation last week. The annual event, which is held on the Sunday closest to International Human Rights Day, called on all Indians to work to end the caste mentality. Dalits continue to face outright discrimination and social and economic marginalization.

Inequality and the G20's work on development, to be the topics of Center of Concern events in DC

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Sep 17, 2011

Inequality and the G20's work on development, to be the topics of Center of Concern events in DC

The Center of Concern is co-organizing two events in the occasion of the World Bank/ IMF Annual meetings. The first one asks the question: should reform of monetary and fiscal policies be deliberately oriented to reduction of inequality, and how? The other engages in an evaluation of the emerging outcomes of the G20 Working Group on Development and its prospects for the future. In New York, Center of Concern cosponsors an event on innovative sources of finance on September 22.

Remember 9-11

Center of Concern | Sun, Aug 28, 2011

Remember 9-11

Shortly after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, the Center published a prayerful reflection, suggesting ways to redeem the events in the national response.  We re-post that reflection for this 10th anniversary remembrance.  It still rewards reflection over the lost opportunities and prayer that the nation can rise to its current and future challenges in more peace-filled and faithful ways.  Read the reflection.

Do we have the global monetary system that we need for the 21st century?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Aug 25, 2011

Do we have the global monetary system that we need for the 21st century?

In a paper published by the UN, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari argues that reforms of the international monetary system will not be satisfactory unless they address acute challenges of the 21st century: an orderly exit from global imbalances, preventing recessionary adjustments, better supporting international trade by reducing currency volatility and better providing development and climate finance.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Aug 15, 2011

Center of Concern featured at workshop on innovative finance

The 2011 Forum of Interaction, the umbrella organization for development NGOs in the US, is being held August 10-12 in Washington DC. Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari speaks at a workshop on how to build support for innovative financing mechanisms to support development and climate needs. See a short paper addressing innovative finance mechanisms. See Interaction Forum's program for this year.

Center of Concern | Fri, Aug 5, 2011

Let us Honor the Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

In a recent statement to the UN, the Vatican stated:  “Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the peace we seek for the 21st century. They cannot be justified. They deserve condemnation. The preservation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty demands an unequivocal commitment to their abolition.” Survivors of those bombings in Japan are now calling the world to phase out the use of nuclear power after the tragedy at Fukushima.  Let us all speak out for peace.