Center of Concern | Fri, Jun 15, 2012

CIDSE Activities in Rio

The CIDSE delegation, the Center of Concern's partners at the Rio+20 conference, have arrived and begun their work.  Keep track of their activities and reports from the scene.  Pictures of opening mass/press conference on Sunday are on our flickr pages, pics from our events at the People's Summit will follow today:

G20 Los Cabos Summit (June 18-19)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jun 13, 2012

G20 Los Cabos Summit (June 18-19)

The Group of 20 Summit in the Mexican city of Los Cabos approaches (June 18-19) and will have the European and global crisis, jobs, financial regulation, climate and other important issues on its agenda. Center of Concern has been leading analysis and advocacy efforts:

Read CIDSE brief with recommendations to the G20 Summit.

Read brief by the International Working Group on Trade -Finance Linkages addressing investment, commodity derivatives regulation and green growth.

Read an article by Aldo Caliari and Nancy Alexander appeared in the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s latest G20 Update that dissects the far-reaching implications of the Business 20 (B-20) recommendations to the G20.

Read a primer by the "A Bottom Up Approach to Righting Financial Regulation" initiative on the G20, financial regulation and human rights.


Engaging Faith | Fri, May 25, 2012

Faith engages ecology, Rio+20

Pope Benedict has not been shy in regards to issues of the environment. He has spoken frequently about everyone's right to food, right to water and responsible sharing. He has spoken about the real meaning of progress and development and what that means for our planet of limited resources. He has discussed climate change, the connection between science and nature, and how the path of cultivating peace is directly linked to protecting creation.  In preparation for the UN Conference Rio+20, some faith analysis is important reading.  Sell also the Faith, Econ omy and Ecology Transitions webpage.

Integral Ecology | Fri, May 25, 2012

Rio+20 UN World Conference

The Center of Concern is a part of the CIDSE network.  Aldo Caliaria from the Center will be attending the Summit and speaking at a CIDSE-sponsored public event.  In preparation for the conference, CIDSE has prepared a policy document entitled "The Changes We Need for the Future We Want."  It is available on the CIDSE website.  Click here.  It is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portugese.

Center of Concern | Fri, May 25, 2012

Rio+20 - Important Opportunity


Rio+20 is a chance to become more sustainable, says WWF report

Humanity's patterns of migration, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are outpacing the Earth's ability to replenish itself, according to a report by the conservation group WWF. "The Rio+20 conference next month is an opportunity for the world to get serious about the need for development to become sustainable. Our report indicates that we haven't yet done that since the last Rio summit," said David Nussbaum, CEO of WWF's U.K. office.  For more on the report, click here.  For further analysis of the Rio+20 conference we recommend the materials of CIDSE and of the Third World Network

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.

Read more. 

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.