UN and World Bank's Goal to End Poverty

Published on Jul 15, 2013 Courtesy of the World Bank

The UN's Deputy Secretary-General says ending extreme poverty is needed to have healthy societies.More than 1 billion people around the globe currently live on less than $2 a day. The World Bank wants to reduce the number of people living in destitution to less than 3% of the population by 2030. The UN's Jan Eliasson says dealing with such inequalities is necessary and more than just a matter of morals.

Education for Justice | Mon, Sep 19, 2011

Solidarity Across the Globe

Solidarity is embodied wherever people overcome barriers that prevent us from seeing one another as fully human and deserving of respect. Protestants and Catholics across India celebrated Dalit Liberation last week. The annual event, which is held on the Sunday closest to International Human Rights Day, called on all Indians to work to end the caste mentality. Dalits continue to face outright discrimination and social and economic marginalization.

Remember 9-11

Center of Concern | Sun, Aug 28, 2011

Remember 9-11

Shortly after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, the Center published a prayerful reflection, suggesting ways to redeem the events in the national response.  We re-post that reflection for this 10th anniversary remembrance.  It still rewards reflection over the lost opportunities and prayer that the nation can rise to its current and future challenges in more peace-filled and faithful ways.  Read the reflection.

Do we have the global monetary system that we need for the 21st century?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Aug 25, 2011

Do we have the global monetary system that we need for the 21st century?

In a paper published by the UN, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari argues that reforms of the international monetary system will not be satisfactory unless they address acute challenges of the 21st century: an orderly exit from global imbalances, preventing recessionary adjustments, better supporting international trade by reducing currency volatility and better providing development and climate finance.

Center of Concern | Fri, Aug 5, 2011

Let us Honor the Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

In a recent statement to the UN, the Vatican stated:  “Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the peace we seek for the 21st century. They cannot be justified. They deserve condemnation. The preservation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty demands an unequivocal commitment to their abolition.” Survivors of those bombings in Japan are now calling the world to phase out the use of nuclear power after the tragedy at Fukushima.  Let us all speak out for peace.