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Financing the post-2015 development goals: The role of the Bretton Woods Institutions

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Sep 6, 2014

Financing the post-2015 development goals: The role of the Bretton Woods Institutions

 

On September 8, 2014,at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, Center of Concern and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung -New York hold a half-day seminar “The Sustainable Development Agenda and Financing of Global Public Goods.” The seminar is the second one in a series of private seminars for Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on key issues in financing a new generation of development goals that Center of Concern and FES have been hosting since April of this year. It continues Center of Concern’s tradition of providing venues for lead policy-makers to receive inputs and informally brainstorm about the most current issues on the financing for development agenda.

“Doing Business”… as usual? World Bank flagship report needs to change

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Sep 3, 2014

“Doing Business”… as usual? World Bank flagship report needs to change

 

A new issue of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report has just come out. It all indicates that the team responsible for the report has decided to ignore the deep reforms recommended last year by an Independent Panel appointed by the World Bank President, Mr. Jim Kim.

Read the letter Center of Concern and several other organizations sent to President of the World Bank expressing their surprise and disappointment at the lack of implementation of those recommendations in the methodological changes that will be put in place in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the report.

Sustainable financing for African infrastructure: How to do it?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Sustainable financing for African infrastructure: How to do it?

 

On August 25 and 26, 2014, CoC team member Aldo Caliari attends the workshop “Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa: High Ambition, High Risk.” The workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, is convened by the Heinrich Boell Foundation –South Africa office, the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation and the South African Institute of International Affairs will convene government officials from the Africa region, civil society and private sector representatives. Mr Caliari's presentation will address emerging issues in the financing of infrastructure.

 

Education for Justice | Wed, Aug 20, 2014

A Cry for Peace with Justice

As we commemorate the U.N.International Day of Peace (September 21) a cry for peace with justice resonates throughout our world. In recent days we have witnessed the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the eruption of violence in its aftermath; the ongoing airstrikes between Gaza and Israel that have resulted in senseless deaths; and the beheading of photojournalist, James Foley by militants in Syria. Education for Justice shares its message of peace—an invitation to reflect on the Gospel call to be "channels of peace' in a world so torn by violence and war. Join EFJ in reflecting on how people of faith might channel healing, reconciliation, and transformation to bring about peace in our local, national, and global communities.

Education for Justice | Tue, Aug 12, 2014

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.15-Oct.15) with Education for Justice. Reflect on the words of Creative Voice, Ronaldo Cruz, former director of the USCCB’s Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs, as he shares his lived experiences of struggle, joy, and hope for a better tomorrow. EFJ’s film discussion guide, “BLESS ME, ULTIMA” and prayer service commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month not only lift up Hispanic leaders, but elevate the rich culture that have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions.

US ruling on Argentina debt: Weighing the human rights consequences

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Aug 10, 2014

US ruling on Argentina debt: Weighing the human rights consequences

 

Should the predatory practices of a few hedge funds be allowed to jeopardize a debt relief deal reached by a country with 92 per cent of its creditors? Is that consistent with human rights principles applicable to the behavior of both debtors and creditors? Center of Concern joined the Argentina-based Center for Legal and Social Studies and the Center for Economic and Social Rights in urging governments to weigh the global human rights consequences of a continued gap in the international financial architecture. The document attracted support from more than 100 organizations worldwide and was reported in media, such as the Wall Street Journal.

Read a blog on this topic appeared on RightingFinance.

 

Education for Justice | Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Remembering the Bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6th and 9​th are the anniversaries of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We pause to remember the horror of these bombings and the use of human intelligence that created weapons to destroy life on an unimaginable scale. We also remember to pray for those who suffered their effects, both past and present. Photo Credit: CC_Flickr_Hiroshima A-Dome

 

 

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