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Macroeconomic policies for equity in Asia conference, CoC attends

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, May 13, 2013

Macroeconomic policies for equity in Asia conference, CoC attends

On May 14-17, 2013, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari attended “Macroeconomic Policies for Sustainable Growth with Equity in East Asia.” This High Level Policy Dialogue convened by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in the city of Jogyakarta, Indonesia. It brought together Finance Ministers and Central Bank officials from 14 countries in the region to discuss the policies the region needs to sustain poverty reduction and job creation in the face of a subdued global economic outlook.  

New development goals must have human rights at their core

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, May 10, 2013

New development goals must have human rights at their core

Center of Concern is among 19 leading human rights organizations that are calling for human rights to be placed at the core of the new development agenda. The call comes as a panel of experts appointed by the UN Secretary General to issue proposals for the new development agenda is about to unveil a draft report.

 

More information on this statement, including how to endorse it (by May 13).

CSOs put forward financial regulation priorities for G20 (May 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 29, 2013

CSOs put forward financial regulation priorities for G20 (May 2013)

 

Today we have an economy more dominated by finance than ever. Yet, a recent McKinsey report shows that only one fourth of the financial depth gained in the 12 years before the crisis was used to finance the real economy and households.

We need a new economic paradigm that ends the dominance of finance over real economy and society. In a statement prepared in the occasion of the Group of 20 Sherpas meeting held in Moscow, early May 2013, over 100 civil society organizations from 40 countries, in addition to regional and global networks, put forward their key priorities for financial regulation, financing for investment, and debt reform.

The statement is still receiving signatures (until June 7  2013). If you would like your organization to sign on this statement please contact Aldo Caliari at aldo@coc.org

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Apr 21, 2013

CoC holds meeting on human rights in financial regulation and macroeconomic policy

On April 24-25, 2013, Center of Concern and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights cosponsored “Rights in Crisis: An expert meeting on promoting rights-based approaches to financial regulation, macroeconomic policies, and economic recovery.” Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, was one of the panelists presenting a paper at the event.

RBW holds events on private finance, investment climate (April 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 8, 2013

RBW holds events on private finance, investment climate (April 2013)

On April 19-21 the World Bank/ International Monetary Fund will hold their Spring meetings in Washington DC. The Center of Concern is involved in a series of side-events:

April 17, 4 - 6 pm:

The G20’s Track Record in Reforming the Financial System for Financing of Investment

A roundtable with G20 member governments that Center of Concern cosponsors with Brookings Institution and the Heinrich Boell Foundation. (This is a closed event)

April 19, 9  – 11 am: Leveraging private sector with public money: Positive innovation? Corporate welfare?

Modalities to “leverage” the private sector are beginning to appear in different ways in the World Bank and donors’ agenda. Join us for a session to explore and discuss the challenges they pose.

(Please download flyer for more information)

April 20, 4 – 5:30 pm Civil Society Strategy Session on Doing Business Review

An important review of the World Bank’s Doing Business project is underway. Join us for a session to learn more about Doing Business and to help drive a strategy to get the best result from the Doing Business review.

(Please download flyer for more information)

US Administration urged to improve coherence of trade, financial regulation agendas

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Mar 28, 2013

US Administration urged to improve coherence of trade, financial regulation agendas

On a letter to President Obama, Center of Concern and other US-based organizations made demands for greater consistency between the policies the Administration is pursuing in the interest of global financial stability, and rules it seeks to introduce in free trade agreements. The letter called for U.S. trade and investment policies to support developing countries’ ability to implement policy tools needed to prevent crises.

Read letter.

Geneva expert meeting to examine right to water in times of crisis

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 12, 2013

Geneva expert meeting to examine right to water in times of crisis

On March 12-13, 2013, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari attends the Experts’ Consultation on Sustainability and non-retrogression in the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. The consultation, held at the UN in Geneva, is being convened by the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque. The link between sustainability and economic crisis response measures that threaten sustainability of water services will be in focus at the meeting.

 

Geneva expert meeting to examine right to water in times of crisis

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 11, 2013

Geneva expert meeting to examine right to water in times of crisis

On March 12-13, 2013, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari attends the Experts’ Consultation on Sustainability and non-retrogression in the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. The consultation, held at the UN in Geneva, is being convened by the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque. The link between sustainability and economic crisis response measures that threaten sustainability of water services will be in focus at the meeting.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 4, 2013

Macroeconomic policy and human rights, focus of RBW talks in Geneva, Bilbao

On March 6, in Geneva, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari speaks at “Rethinking Austerity: A Side Event on Human Rights Considerations in National and International Responses to Financial Crisis.” The side event to the Human Rights Council 22nd Session is organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

On March 7, in Bilbao (Spain), he speaks at the seminar “Tax Justice and Development,” co-organized by ALBOAN and the Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto. The theme of his presentation will be “Tax justice and human rights: Searching for convergence in the new global development framework.” On the same day he will deliver a lecture to University of Deusto students.

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