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Education for Justice | Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigrants Held in Detention

A report from the associated press stated that five immigrant mothers from Central America were mistreated in U.S. detention centers. Read the whole article here: http://abcn.ws/1DMILcw. Remembering our brothers and sisters who are fleeing violence in Central America, EFJ invites you into a moment of prayer to recall the words of Jesus: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" http://bit.ly/1Mkjc40.

Center of Concern | Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Center President at Vatican Conference on Encyclical Laudato Si and CIDSE 50th Anniversary

Center of Concern President Dr. Lester A. Myers attended the conference, “People and Planet First: The Imperative to Change Course,” at the Vatican from July 1st through 3d to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE) and to discuss issues of integral ecology in the wake of the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si. The Center is the United States representative to CIDSE, an international alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies based in Brussels working together for global justice. The founding of CIDSE occurred in the final weeks of Vatican Council II and the alliance and its members have served the Church and the world to help implement the council’s vision for a more just global community.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Aug 8, 2015

RBW speaks on financing for development and right to education

On August 10 through 12, 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari joins the VIII Meeting of the Regional Fund of Civil Society for Education, which is organized in Buenos Aires (Argentina) by the Latin America Campaign on the Right to Education (CLADE, by its acronym in Spanish), Ayuda en Accion Foundation, and others. At the meeting, which will be attended by education specialists and advocates from the region and beyond, he will speak on Financing for Development and the post-2015 development agenda, and what is at stake for Latin America/Caribbean region and the right to education.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Aug 7, 2015

Center's Community of Creative Voices Offers New Resource: "Wisdom of Water"

Dianna Ortiz, OSU, editor of the Center's Community of Creative Voices welcomes Sister Larraine Lauter's educational resource, a testimony of her experiences in Central America as co-founder of Water with Blessings. Sr Larraine's reflection includes guidance on teaching the necessity and joy of clean water to which she refers as "Sister Water." The full story is available through the Center's Education for Justice Project subscription, which provides access to this resource and many social justice interactive tools, prayer, and images. Photo credit: Water With Blessings

 

Education for Justice | Wed, Aug 5, 2015

In Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Reflect

70 years ago, on August 6 and 9, 1945, the U.S. unleashed atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The atrocities that followed in the minutes, hours, days, months and years after these bombings are still remembered today. Join our prayer of remembrance as we recall "the skies that rained down fire."

Act

Encourage members of Congress to support the Iran Nuclear Deal, an important step to prevent the repeat of another Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Call the Capitol switchboard at: +1 (202) 224-3121.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jul 31, 2015

Greek crisis brings to the fore human rights implications of macroeconomic policies

On a recent press release, the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, urged the European institutions, the International Monetary Fund and the Greek Government to fully assess the impact on human rights of possible new austerity measures to ensure that they do not come as a cost to human rights. “[F]urther adjustment policies should respect the human rights obligations that are binding not only for the Government of Greece, but as well for the creditor countries and lending institutions,” he said, adding that some of the harsh austerity measures could be incompatible with European and international human rights law. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/ Jonathan Stevenson/Jubilee Debt Campaign)

Read full press release

How much did the IMF and World Bank influence Financing for Development?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jul 22, 2015

How much did the IMF and World Bank influence Financing for Development?

In a recent briefing published by the UK-based Bretton Woods Project on its “At Issue” edition of its bulletin “The Observer,” Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari reflected upon the often problematic role played by the IMF and World Bank in the negotiations leading up to the UN's Financing for Development (FFD) recently held  in Addis Ababa.

Center of Concern | Fri, Jul 17, 2015

“Inaction agenda” from Addis Ababa Conference, criticized by CSOs

CSOs from all over the world criticized the limited ambition of the “Addis Ababa Action Agenda” adopted by the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), with some calling it an “agenda for inaction.”

The conference “lost the opportunity to tackle the structural injustices in the current global economic system and ensure that development finance is people-centered and protects the environment,” CSOs said in a sharp statement issued after the adoption.

Speaking at the CSO press conference on July 16th, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari said “We have identified more than 20 areas in which this outcome retrogresses over the previous Financing for Development Conference Outcomes from Doha and Monterrey --from inequality to universal services, including debt, taxation and many others.”

“For months we have been hearing hyped –up rhetoric about ambition and the importance of this conference for supporting the post-2015 development vision. We are disappointed that this outcome does not provide the strong means of implementation required for such a vision to become reality.”

“I think we can be proud, however, of the role that we played as CSOs. The fact that it was our priority issues that became the stickiest ones in the discussion demonstrates that we have had an impact on the agenda. If there had been a fair and good faith process of negotiations, I’m confident we would have also had much more impact on the outcome.” He was referring to the hardest issue in the negotiations, namely, the call for an intergovernmental body to ensure universal participation in tax cooperation standard-setting, as well as the push for a stronger institutional follow up and the application of the Rio Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in financing sustainable development.

“The methodology of negotiations used this time sets a very bad precedent we really hope will not be used in a UN negotiation ever again,” he said. Learning the lessons from the negotiations process that led to this outcome will have immediate relevance for ongoing negotiations in the lead up to the Post-2015 development agenda Summit, which will be held in New York in September of this year.

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