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.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Feb 16, 2015

RBW speaking at Irish officials roundtable


On February 19 2015, in Dublin, CoC team member Aldo Caliari speaks at a roundtable co-organized by CIDSE, Trocaire, and the Debt and Development Coalition of Ireland on “UN Financing for Development Negotiations: What a Successful Outcome at Addis Ababa Would Look Like?”

The presentation is part of Center of Concern’s activities advocating for adequate financing means of implementation for the new development agenda governments are expected to adopt at a Summit convened by the United Nations in September of this year. Ireland is one of the two co-facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiations leading towards such Summit.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Feb 9, 2015

It’s 2015 and the clock is ticking…


Center of Concern remains committed to advocacy to promote that the new development agenda that will emerge at the United Nations in September 2015 be financed by sufficient, progressively raised and spent and accountable means of financing.

On February 10 2015, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Director Aldo Caliari speaks at an event held by UNCTAD at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Means of Implementation for the post-2015 development agenda.

On February 3-5 he delivered a statement at the first meeting of the UN committee tasked with defining a multilateral framework for sovereign debt restructuring. The costs of unsustainable debts and of debt crises continue to be a key obstacle in development efforts.

On January 27-29, he participated of the first Drafting Session in the lead up to the Third Financing for Development Summit where, among other things, governments are expected to review progress and chart the way forward for all financing sources needed to achieve the new development goals. [Read information on a side-event held during this drafting session]

COC joins demand to phase out harmful agriculture business indicators

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Feb 3, 2015

COC joins demand to phase out harmful agriculture business indicators


Center of Concern joined a letter by eleven US organizations requesting action from the US representative at the World Bank in support of more than 260 civil society organizations, trade unions, and farmers groups from around the world that demand an end to Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture indicators.

The said indicators threaten to apply in the rural sector the unfortunate model of the Doing Business Indicators, whose harm on human and worker rights, government revenue and public interest regulations have been the matter of broad agreement and documented by studies, including an Independent Panel set up by the very President of the World Bank in 2013. Photo credit: Juliette Martin-Prével.


Read press release.

Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in Financing Sustainable Development

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jan 24, 2015

Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in Financing Sustainable Development


On January 29, 2015, Center of Concern is proud to cosponsor, as a member of the transatlantic alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE, “Applying Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in a Financing Sustainable Development Context.” This side event is held in the occasion of the First Drafting Session in preparation for the Third Financing for Development Conference, at the UN Headquarters in New York. It is cosponsored with the Permanent mission of Brazil to the United Nations and Social Watch.

Countries have committed to synergy and coherence between the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals whose expected adoption will take place at a Summit in September. A crucial challenge will be applying the principles from the sustainable development sphere such as Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and equity in a financing for sustainable development context. This side event will provide an opportunity for officials and civil society representatives to discuss different approaches to such challenge.