Center of Concern | Tue, Apr 7, 2015

Advancing the voice of the poorest in the new development agenda


Center of Concern continues to be part of the important advocacy efforts to ensure that the sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt in meetings in Addis Ababa (July) and New York (September) will put the interest of those in poverty first, and be equitably and adequately financed.

On April 9 2015, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will moderate the session on global financial and institutional reforms and debt of the Hearings for Civil Society in the lead-up to the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD 3). The following day he will be a resource people at a strategy meeting of the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development.

The week of April 13th he will attend the FFD 3 Drafting session, being held in New York at the UN Headquarters. Also at UN Headquarters, between April 22nd and April 24th, he will be a civil society speaker at an interactive session of negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda dealing with Means of Implementation, negotiations that include financial means.

Mr. Caliari has also been part of the Rapid Response Team drafting a civil society response to the first negotiating text released by the co-facilitators of the Addis Ababa conference.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Does the World Bank really want to address land and poverty issues?


In a press release, Center of Concern joins smallholder farmers and peasant organizations from around the world in the Our Land Our Business campaign’s challenge to the Land & Poverty conference being held at the World Bank this week. Photo credit: Ms. Nobahar Wassan, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research.

Read press release.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 10, 2015

RBW attends Latin America/Caribbean consultation on development finance


On March 12-13, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will participate of the Latin America/ Caribbean consultation in preparation for the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held in Addis Ababa. The consultation is being organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in the city of Santiago, Chile.

Center of Concern | Sun, Mar 8, 2015

Why Addis Ababa Matters


The intergovernmental preparations for the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa (Addis Ababa, 13-16 July 2015), are underway.

CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic agencies of which Center of Concern is a member, has just released “Why Addis Ababa Matters: CIDSE Recommendations for the Third UN International Financing for Development Conference.”

2015 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make giant leaps towards our vision of justice, equity, dignity and protecting our natural environment. International agreements to be made this year on financing for development, climate change and the Post-2015 framework will lock us in – people and the planet, for better or for worse, on certain pathways. The first one of those conferences, on Financing for Development, will be critical in setting the right tone for success in the rest of them.

Working towards the successful outcome for such conference, CIDSE policy recommendations strive to regain the spirit of partnership evoked by the Monterrey Consensus agreed in 2002.

CoC hosts seminar on public-private finance mechanisms for Executive Directors of World Bank and IMF

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 2, 2015

CoC hosts seminar on public-private finance mechanisms for Executive Directors of World Bank and IMF


On March 6, 2015, at the International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington DC, Center of Concern and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung -New York will hold the fourth within a series of seminars for Executive Directors of the Bretton Woods Institutions on key issues in financing a new generation of development goals. This seminar will focus on the theme “Public Private Finance Mechanisms: Ensuring Accountability.”

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Feb 23, 2015

RBW discusses sovereign debt restructuring, balance of power issues


On February 23 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari attends the fifth meeting of UNCTAD’s Working Group on Sovereign Debt Workouts, of which he is a member. The meeting is held at the UN headquarters in Geneva and comes at a critical juncture as parallel negotiations in the UN attempt to develop a multilateral system to prevent the predatory action of creditors during sovereign debt crises.

On February 26, in Berlin, he will deliver a presentation at the 2015 (civil society organizations) Policy Directors’ Meeting held by the Berlin -based International Civil Society Centre. The theme of this years’ meeting is External trends affecting ICSO’s advocacy strategies and Caliari’s presentation will discuss “Shifts in the balance of power.”

Education for Justice | Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Pope Francis Recognizes Oscar Romero as Martyr

The Church has announced the expected beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1980 in the midst of a brutal civil war. There has been great debate over the Archbishop's cause for sainthood over the decades, yet Pope Francis opened the path to canonization by declaring Romero a martyr of the faith. Read more.

Education for Justice | Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Pope Francis speaks on Christian Martyrdom, ISIS, and the Ecumenism of Blood

Pope Francis calls for a greater communion of Western and Eastern Christianity of all traditions as Christians face persecution around the world, particularly considering the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by the Islamic State earlier this week. The targeting of Christians by radical, militant Islamic groups has led to incidences of martyrdom of our Christian brothers and sisters, recalling Pope Francis' comments on the ecumentism of blood. Deacon Keith Fournier speaks on the ecumenism of blood in light of contemporary events. Read the full article here.

Education for Justice | Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Pope Francis: Church cannot 'condemn anyone for eternity'

The Pope's latest comments to a group of cardinals and bishops on Sunday during Mass at St. Peter's Basilica calls on the Church to reach out to the marginalized. Some elements of the LGBT community in the Church express hope for the Pope's message to encourage greater recognition of and advancement on LGBT issues. Read the full article here.