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Crisis response, the Group of 20 and human rights

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, May 20, 2012

Crisis response, the Group of 20 and human rights

Group of 20 Leaders began meeting in 2008 as a primary forum for cooperation in responding to the financial emergency and reshaping the international monetary and financial system.

The fact that they are an informal grouping of countries focusing on economic and financial issues does not mean they are exempt of human rights obligations, argues this new primer by the "A Bottom Up Approach to Righting Financial Regulation" initiative.

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New consensus on finance: what does it mean for international trade rules?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, May 4, 2012

New consensus on finance: what does it mean for international trade rules?

The rules in the World Trade Organization (WTO) that apply to trade in financial services were developed at a time when there was a prevailing consensus on the benefits of financial liberalization and de-regulation. At this event Center of Concern co-organized in Doha, Qatar, panelists from government, civil society and academia assessed the impacts of the emerging consensus on regulating the financial sector and what it means for those rules.

Fixing finance is not enough

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Fixing finance is not enough

The reform of the financial sector is, after the colossal failures that began in 2008, front and center of the agenda. But neglecting the steps to correct monetary and financial policies that increase income and wealth inequality has been deleterious to growth, to social cohesion and to economic stability.

A new publication co-issued by Center of Concern convenes thinkers from governments, international organizations and academia to make the case for an urgent link between reforms in the financial sector and their social consequences.

Center of Concern holds panel events in Washington DC and Doha

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Apr 22, 2012

Center of Concern holds panel events in Washington DC and Doha

On Sunday, April 22, in the occasion of the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Center of Concern cosponsored a seminar in Washington DC, promoting “Shared Societies” together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Club de Madrid.

On April 24, in the city of Doha (Qatar) and on the sidelines of the UNCTAD XIII Conference being held there, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari moderated two side-events discussing investment policy and on trade in financial services.

On April 26, he spoke at the panel "Development Banks: Strategic Role in Financing Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth," which is part of the official program of UNCTAD XIII.

Human Rights and Financial Transaction Taxes

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 16, 2012

Human Rights and Financial Transaction Taxes

 

Human rights law requires governments to protect against, and prevent, human rights abuses by third-parties. What does this mean for private financial actors in the context of the recent global economic crisis? A new primer argues that Financial Transaction Taxes would be an important step in the direction of revitalizing the struggle for economic and social rights by demanding accountability for failures to protect human rights through economic policy.

 

Financial markets on commodities -- what do they have to do with development?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Apr 5, 2012

Financial markets on commodities -- what do they have to do with development?

On April 11, Center of Concern co-hosts a panel discussion at the United Nations to look at the impacts of the growing financialization of commodity markets on development, and discuss options to reduce price volatility not due to fundamentals. What are the major initiatives to reform regulation of U.S. and EU commodity derivatives markets? What are those proposed by the G-20 and UN agencies? What should civil society do to deepen greater policy coordination to tackle the issue of extreme commodity price volatility?

Read more on this event.

Center of Concern | Thu, Mar 22, 2012

Center endorses "Priorities for a Faithful Budget," rejects Ryan Budget

 

Standing in stark contrast to Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal supported by Republicans, some of America’s top religious officials today unveiled for congressional consideration a "Faithful Budget" proposal. Priorities for a Faithful Budget is a set of comprehensive and compassionate budget principles that will protect the common good, value each individual and help lift the burden on the poor. The Faithful Budget can be read in its entirety: click on the thumbnail image.

Center of Concern | Thu, Mar 1, 2012

Responsible Lending and Borrowing Principles presented in US Congress

Speaking at a Congressional Briefing on March 1, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari presented the Principles on Lending and Borrowing on behalf of Jubilee USA.

The principles, ellaborated in a recent Jubilee USA report, aim at ensuring a lasting solution to the debt overhang and its crushing impact on poor countries ' development opportunities.  

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