Engaging Faith | Tue, Dec 13, 2011

Attention Politicians: Letter from U.S. Hispanic Bishops

"We the undersigned Hispanic/Latino Bishops of the United States wish to let those of you who lack proper authorization to live and work in our country know that you are not alone, or forgotten. . . . We open our arms and hearts to you, and we receive you as members of our Catholic family.  As pastors we direct these words to you from the depths of our heart."  Read the full text of the Bishops' letters in English or Spanish here.

In a related event, ten communities of religious sisters sponsored the billboard pictured here in Iowa.  Read more.

Integral Ecology | Tue, Dec 13, 2011

The Youth Challenge


Dec 9th – A young woman from Canada, Anjali Appadurai, shook the UN Assembly with one of the most beautiful, impassioned speeches we've ever heard—and followed it with the first ever human "mic check" on the UN stage. Anjali spoke eloquently and powerfully for her generation. It's a voice we'll be doing all we can to back up in the months and years ahead.  Watch her speech here.


Center of Concern | Mon, Dec 12, 2011

Assessments of Durban Climate Change Conference

Three reports and evaluations of the Climate Change negotiations in Durban, South Africa writes: "There is a story of hope from Durban—it's the story of the youth and their allies who refused to remain silent... "  Read their report.

Martin Kohr comments: "In the end, Durban may be remembered for phasing out climate change frameworks based on equity ..."  Read his commentary Spotlight Durban.

CAFOD, the Catholic Overseas Development Agency: "Durban climate talks end with insulting deal for world's poorest people!"  Read the full analysis here.

Group of 20 Cannes Summit: uneventful for the financial reform agenda

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Dec 10, 2011

Group of 20 Cannes Summit: uneventful for the financial reform agenda

The recent summit of the Group of 20 in France was held against a backdrop of a deepening Eurozone financial crisis and the accompanying uncertainty in prospects for the global economy. In this second article in a series assessing its outcomes, Aldo Caliari assesses those related to financial regulation.

Social Watch 2012

Center of Concern | Thu, Dec 8, 2011

Institutions are needed to preserve rights of future generations…

… is one of the main messages of this year’s Social Watch Report.  The report, prepared annually with contributions from organizations in more than 65 countries, is this year focused on the theme “The right to a Future.”  In its US Chapter – co-authored by the Center of Concern – the report argues that “The multiple crises facing the United States and the world are rooted in the prioritization of economic growth over human well-being.

For Reports from the Climate Change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, click here.

Integral Ecology | Thu, Dec 8, 2011

"...the future of the planet is at stake!"

Addressing the Climate Change negotiators, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon asked, “Is this the future we want? A world out of control, climate change and a devastating scarcity of vital resources?”

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Dec 2, 2011

Strengthening Regional Finance for Trade and Development in Africa (November 2011)

What role plays regional monetary cooperation in Africa’ trade and development ?

On November 21-23, in Yaounde, Cameroon, Center of Concern co-organized a seminar on the theme “Effective Monetary Cooperation to Support Trade and Development in Africa,” convening public officials from Cameroon and neighboring countries, intergovernmental organizations and civil society to address these important questions.