“Strongly flawed” World Bank report slammed by trade unions and campaigners

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Dec 2, 2014

“Strongly flawed” World Bank report slammed by trade unions and campaigners


The World Bank recently launched a  new edition of its controversial Doing Business report and rankings. In a press release issued for the occasion, Center of Concern and several organizations regretted that the Bank has only made minor changes and continues to use flawed and controversial indicators as the basis of its rankings.

Read full press release.

Read more on issues regarding the Doing Business Report.

Read criticisms from a workers’ rights and farmers’ rights perspective on the Doing Business indicators.

Groups submit demands to UN Secretary General on human rights in finance

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Groups submit demands to UN Secretary General on human rights in finance


In a letter submitted to the UN Secretary General, the RightingFinance Initiative, which Center of Concern coordinates, conveyed a number of requests in regards to finance and development issues in an upcoming report the Secretary General is drafting as input for the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit.

The letter makes reference to the human rights audit that RightingFinance carried out on the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance report, assessing it from the perspective of international human rights principles.

Read full letter.

Center of Concern | Sun, Nov 16, 2014

Third CoC-hosted seminar for Executive Directors of World Bank and IMF gets under way


On November 20, 2014, at the International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington DC, Center of Concern and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung -New York hold a half-day seminar “Mobilization of Domestic Resources and Debt.” The seminar is the third in a series of private seminars for Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on key issues in financing a new generation of development goals that Center of Concern and FES have been hosting since April of this year.

Between this year and the next, the international community will bring to a culmination the process toward reaching consensus on the post-2015 development agenda. Center of Concern has been very active in generating analysis and promoting dialogue by key stakeholders on the financing requirements that will help attain an ambitious sustainable development agenda.

RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari also addresses these issues in a presentation earlier in the week, on November 17th, as part of the 11th Annual Meeting of the UN and International Organizations Civil Society Focal Points, held in Washington DC and hosted at World Bank Headquarters. There, his panel intervention will focus on the importance of financial reform for reducing inequality and unsustainable consumption and production patterns.

Education for Justice | Thu, Nov 13, 2014

The Necessity of Palliative Care

Diederik Lohman,  Associate Health Director for Human Rights Watch, discusses Mexico's 2009 law promising palliative care to those given less than six months to live. He explains that, while it is one of the less expensive types of medical care, the lack of availability of palliative care to so many around the world forces them to live their final months in pain and without dignity. Lohman's article highlights  human rights activists who are working to ensure that no terminally ill person has to live his or her final months in misery. His article should serve to challenge all of us to reflect on how we care for those who are in their final stage of their lives, especially the most vulnerable among us: