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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Sep 15, 2013

Opting for the Poor in Making Tax Policies

Center of Concern is proud to cosponsor with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, an Expert meeting on the theme “The human rights impacts of fiscal and tax policy.” The meeting takes place on September 16-17, at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and is also cosponsored by Friedrich Ebert Foundation, MISEREOR and Christian Aid. The meeting is intended as a consultation to assist the Rapporteur in preparing an upcoming report she will submit to the Human Rights Council in 2014. At the meeting, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will make a presentation on taxation in the financial sector. 

 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Sep 4, 2013

Giving Voice to the Voiceless on Next Fed Chief’s appointment

US Federal Reserve regulations and monetary policies impact the poorest and vulnerable all over the world. Center of Concern joins in demands by several faith-based organizations that the selection of the next individual to head such office takes that into account.

RBW featured at Central and Northern Asia finance officials meeting (August 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Aug 26, 2013

RBW featured at Central and Northern Asia finance officials meeting (August 2013)

 

On August 27-28, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the National Bank of Kazakhstan held a High Level Policy Dialogue “Macroeconomic Policies for Sustainable and Resilient Growth in North and Central Asia.” The meeting took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and convened authorities of Central Banks and Finance Ministries of countries in that region, alongside intergovernmental organizations staff, academics and civil society experts. Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari was present, speaking at a panel on Diversification and Macroeconomic Policies.

 

Read press release.

 

RBW to speak on social security rights in the context of budget cuts

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Aug 19, 2013

RBW to speak on social security rights in the context of budget cuts

On August 19-20, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari participated of a consultation convened by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on “The right to social security in the context of austerity.” The forecast that recovery from the economic crisis might take several years could mean years of austerity measures, with incalculable negative effects on the enjoyment of economic and social rights. At the meeting, representatives of several disciplines (human rights, economics, finance and social protection) focused on the right to social security, obstacles that austerity measures may pose to its enjoyment and how State action in this area should be affected by international human rights obligations.

RBW dialogues with government officials, attends regional consultation in Uruguay

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Aug 14, 2013

RBW dialogues with government officials, attends regional consultation in Uruguay

On August 16 Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari was in Montevideo (Uruguay) speaking at a public forum “Progress and Challenges on Social Justice and Tax Justice in Uruguay.” The event, also featuring the Director of the Tax Collection Agency and the Minister of Labor of Uruguay, explored issues involved in the recent and ongoing tax reforms in the country from the perspective of social justice.

The following day, he was a panelist at the “Regional consultation on links among economic, ecological and gender justice” being organized by gender advocacy network Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era –DAWN.

Read press release.

CoC staff to chair SID-W Development Finance Working Group

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Aug 9, 2013

CoC staff to chair SID-W Development Finance Working Group

Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari has been appointed co-chair of the Development Finance Working Group of the Society for International Development, Washington D.C. Chapter. CoC is honored by this appointment. Through Aldo’s work, it looks forward to supporting the Society’s endeavor to advance equitable development by bringing diverse constituencies together to debate critical ideas, policies and practices that will shape our global future.  

 

Financial regulation and gender equality: is there a connection?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Aug 2, 2013

Financial regulation and gender equality: is there a connection?

 

The global financial crisis led to greater job loss and poverty among women than men while rising food prices and responsibility for social reproduction take excessive tolls on the livelihoods of women.

A new primer prepared by the “A bottom up approach to righting financial regulation initiative” argues that financial crises and austerity measures adversely impact women in particular and, proposes paths for regulation and recovery to take women’s rights and concerns into account.

 

Center of Concern | Mon, Jul 29, 2013

International Experts Convene to Assess New Issues and Argentina’s Debt Recovery

Washington, D.C.—In a recent panel discussion held at the U.S. Capitol and hosted by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Washington, D.C., Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern’s Rethinking Bretton Woods project director, contributed his economic and legal expertise to a panel discussion focused on sovereign debt restructuring.  Speaking to a packed room of invited guests, including representatives of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. State and Treasury departments, major advocacy organizations, international corporations, and Washington, D.C.-based embassies, Cecilia Nahon, U.S. Ambassador to the Argentine Republic, moderated the presentations. (Press Release

Macroeconomic policies: The missing link in African industrialization strategies?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jul 26, 2013

Macroeconomic policies: The missing link in African industrialization strategies?

African countries and their leaders are increasingly waking up to the imperative of diversifiying their production structures. But, just as macroeconomic indicators have improved, the structure of production has become more concentrated. How can that be explained?

paper co-written by Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari  sets out to argue that macroeconomic policies are the missing link in African industrialization strategies. The paper was delivered at the conference  "Learning to Compete: Industrial Development and Policy in Africa", organized in Helsinki by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research on June 24-25 2013.

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