CoC featured at trade union leaders seminar

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, May 12, 2015

CoC featured at trade union leaders seminar


On May 12, 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will speak at a seminar for a delegation of trade union leaders worldwide. The seminar, “Post 2015 Framework on Sustainable Development Goals Financing For Development and Means of Implementation,” is being held by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation-NY and the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network of the International Trade Union Confederation, in the city of New York. During that week and also in New York, Mr. Caliari will also be attending consultation sessions on Financing for Development at the UN Headquarters.

Center of Concern | Sun, May 10, 2015

CoC calls for accountable behavior of firms investing in land abroad


As the US government continues to carry out consultations to shape its National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, RightingFinance, Friends of the Earth and Global Witness submitted a joint input calling for measures to improve human rights accountability of financial firms.

The submission calls for disclosure and risk prevention for investments in land and infrastructure, a review of investment treaty clause that allow companies to sue governments attempting to implement human rights obligations and measures to prevent companies’ tax evasion.

RightingFinance is a consortium of human rights and gender organizations that Center of Concern coordinates. The input was delivered at a consultation held by International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and others to communicate views of different interested parties to the US Administration. (Photo credit: Juliette Martin-Prével)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, May 4, 2015

European partners host preparations for Addis Ababa financing conference


On May 5 – 7, 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari attends the Annual Conference of the European Network on Debt and Development. This year’s conference is being held in Copenhagen (Denmark), jointly with local organization IBIS, and will be dedicated to preparations towards the Financing for Development Conference scheduled for July in Addis Ababa. He will speak at panels on infrastructure finance, global capital flows, and debt.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Apr 25, 2015

Financing for Development: CSOs respond to zero draft


On March 17th 2015 the co-facilitators of the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in July of this year, released the initial draft (“zero draft”) for negotiations.

Center of Concern is part of a Rapid Response Group among civil society organizations following the conference which prepared a detailed response with analysis and alternative language proposals.

“The third FfD outcome document should not result in a retrogression from the achievements of the Monterrey Consensus of 2002 and the Doha Declaration for Development of 2008,” the document says, warning that "Any downward movement from the achievements of Monterrey and Doha will not bode well for the expectations that Addis Ababa will help build trust toward an ambitious outcome in the post-2015 development agenda and a climate deal at the COP 21 in Paris.”

CoC inputs into US and Germany business and human rights plans

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Apr 16, 2015

CoC inputs into US and Germany business and human rights plans


On April 20, 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will be in Berlin to speak at a panel part of the consultation on Germany’s National Action Plan on business and human rights. He will discuss the experience of human rights groups challenging investments by US financial companies. A few days earlier (April 16), a submission by RightingFinance , whose drafting Center of Concern coordinated, will be delivered by Center for Economic and Social Rights at a consultation meeting in preparation of the US National Action Plan on responsible business conduct in Washington DC.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Apr 7, 2015

RBW speaks on human rights impacts of vulture funds


Recent vulture fund litigation against Argentina has shed new light on the operations of commercial firms that as a systematic strategy prey on sovereign debtors to exact full debt payments other creditors agreed to forgive. Last February an advisory body to the Human Rights Council met to discuss human rights impacts of such companies’ actions and possible remedies.

“The debt relief we had campaigned for was not for paying 100 per cent of the claims of creditors not willing to provide their share of debt relief, but to allow necessary social investments to happen in [the debtor] countries,“ said RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari speaking of the successive debt cancellation rounds achieved by the worldwide Jubilee movement. Center of Concern co-founded Jubilee USA Network, of whose Board Mr. Caliari is currently co-chair.

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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.

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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.