Investing in the SDGs: Whose business?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Sep 28, 2015

Investing in the SDGs: Whose business?

The negotiations leading up to the Financing for Development conference that took place in Addis Ababa in July 2015 saw a definite tendency to propose a greater reliance on foreign investment in financing development.

In a recent article written for United Nations Research Institute for Social Development’s series “The Road to Addis,” RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari examines the Addis Ababa conference’s approach to the regulatory role of the state, the practices of using aid as an incentive to attract private sector funding, and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and institutional investors’ role in closing the infrastructure finance gap.

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Center of Concern | Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Pope Delivers Historic Address at United Nations Summit

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; ...Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.” –Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 13


On September 25-27, 2015, Heads of State of all the world gathered in New York for a historic Summit that approved the “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The Agenda includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon through arduous deliberations and consultations over the last 3 years. The SDGs are expected to guide development efforts of the international community for the next 15 years.

As part of his visit to the United States, Pope Francis delivered a historic and poignant address to the Summit on its first day. Center of Concern is proud to join Pope Francis’s appeal, which resonates closely with the Center's goal since 1971 of enabling all people to realize the truth that humanity is united in a common destiny, and to assist the world's people to exercise their common responsibility to shape that destiny.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Sep 19, 2015

CoC at international solidarity, sustainable development gatherings

On September 22 and 23, 2015, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be in Panama City (Panama) to attend a Latin America and Caribbean regional consultation convened by the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, Ms. Virginia Dandan. The consultation aims to gather participants’ insights, drawn from their own knowledge and experiences, relevant to the proposed draft declaration on the right to international solidarity. Caliari’s intervention will address structural dimensions of the realization of the right to international solidarity.

On September 24 through 27, he will be in New York to participate of activities surrounding the UN Summit that will approve the “2030 Agenda,” including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On September 28th, he will be a panelist at a side-event organized by the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development: “Innovative financing: showcasing solutions to implement the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.” He will also speak at a reflection day organized by CIDSE to analyze the outcomes of recent UN conferences in the light of the teachings of the Pope’s recent Encyclical, Laudato Si.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Sep 9, 2015

CoC advocates principles on sovereign debt restructuring

As the UN gets ready to take action on what would provide, for the first time, a multilateral set of principles to apply in sovereign debt restructurings, Center of Concern joins fellow organizations working on debt in a letter to member countries requesting their support.

The principles would help indebted countries restructure in a fair, timely and orderly fashion, protect transparency and fend off minority creditors’ attempts to achieve extraordinary gain by sabotaging deals reached with the majority of creditors.

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Education for Justice | Tue, Sep 8, 2015

Prayer for Those Affected by Hurricane Patricia


Hurricane Patricia made landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday, October 24. While the coastal threat is decreasing, damaging winds and heavy rainfalls are likely to cause flash floods and mud slides in the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero. We hold in prayer all those affected by the hurricane, especially the poor, those on the margins, and with the least resources to cope and rebuild.

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How can National Development Banks support human rights?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Aug 29, 2015

How can National Development Banks support human rights?

After the global financial crisis, the need for a strong developmentalist State to play a role in the economy has been gaining currency. National Development Banks are one of the instruments a State can use to spur the development process, especially where market-based approaches will fall short of the desirable social outcomes. This primer released by RightingFinance discusses this institution and how human rights principles are applicable to their utilization.

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