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Education for Justice | Thu, Aug 18, 2016

The Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference Statement: An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence

"As Christians committed to a more just and peaceful world we are called to take a clear stand for creative and active nonviolence and against all forms of violence. With this conviction, and in recognition of the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, people from many countries gathered at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International on April 11-13, 2016 in Rome."

To learn more about this conference and to endorse the statement put forth by Pax Christi International, visit: http://bit.ly/2bp0YoG. Photo by Judy Coode.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Aug 8, 2016

Are you invested in palm oil exploitation?

Palm oil’s rise in the last two decades has relied to a great degree on externalizing the real costs of production. Millions of hectares of rainforests and peatlands have been destroyed for plantations in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Multitudes of indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers and others had their customary lands and livelihoods subsumed into the palm oil plantation sector.

Who finances such exploitation and what can be done to stop it? A blog appeared on RightingFinance.org, highlights findings from a Friends of Earth's report that financing for palm oil production comes from a wide spectrum of global commercial banks and a broad swatch of equity investors from Asia, Europe, and the U.S., and the report's recommended approach based on four pillars of responsibility for investors. (Photo credit: Jason Taylor/FoE International).

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jul 24, 2016

CoC delivers civil society statement at closing session of UNCTAD 14

At the closing ceremony of UNCTAD 14th in Nairobi (Kenya), attended by the President of the host country, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari delivered the concluding statement on behalf of the civil society organizations attending the conference. Click here to watch video of the intervention (Intervention begins at 10:55).

Click here to read an analysis of the Outcome.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Center of Concern at conferences on trade and finance, debt

On July 17-22, 2016, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will be in Nairobi (Kenya), attending the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV). At the conference, held every four years, the membership of the organization decides on its work program for the period until the next conference. Being the first such quadrennial gathering after the global commitments on Sustainable Development Goals of last year, the role of UNCTAD in helping countries, especially developing ones, implement the goals will feature prominently on its agenda.

On the preceding days, also in Nairobi, he will be attending a global assembly of organizations working on debt and development (July 13-14) and the UNCTAD Civil Society Forum, which starts on the 15th – although it then continues to run alongside the rest of the UNCTAD XIV Conference.

See civil society demands for UNCTAD XIV Outcome.

Read civil society statement delivered at UNCTAD 14 closing ceremony by CoC staff Aldo Caliari.

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Worlds apart?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Worlds apart?

In a recent article RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari reviews a recent study commissioned by the Heinrich Boell Foundation to assess whether the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's advice to the Group of 20 on infrastructure finance is coherent with sustainable development goals and commitments.

“With estimates placing the investment requirements in the trillions, the availability and form of investment commitments to meet the SDGs will significantly shape the chances of success while having also a significant impact on human rights,” he says.

Read full article

 

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Worlds apart?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Worlds apart?

In this recent article RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari reviews a recent study commissioned by the Heinrich Boell Foundation to assess whether the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's advice to the Group of 20 on infrastructure finance is coherent with sustainable development goals and commitments.

“With estimates placing the investment requirements in the trillions, the availability and form of investment commitments to meet the SDGs will significantly shape the chances of success while having also a significant impact on human rights,” he says.

Read full article.

Education for Justice | Tue, Jun 21, 2016

June 26: U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On June 26, the U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, international human rights and faith-based organizations join torture survivors in raising awareness to the practice of torture in today’s world. As people of conscience, we are called not only to pray for the victims, survivors, and perpetrators of this crime, but also to labor for its worldwide abolition.

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Education for Justice | Mon, Jun 20, 2016

World Refugee Day: What Have We Done for the Poor Ones?

June 20 is World Refugee Day. This past year there were 65 million persons displaced by global conflict, the highest number in recorded history. Education for Justice offers this artistic reflection, based on the song What Have We Done for the Poor Ones?, to inspire the global community to act on behalf of each person who is forced from their home because of violence and conflict: http://bit.ly/21igPUC.

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Center of Concern | Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Center of Concern Launches Integral Voices Social Justice Blog

Center of Concern launches Integral Voices, a global blog about social justice, to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si. This blog will offer concise, high-quality content from prominent pastoral, thought, and executive leaders from diverse religious, cultural, economic, and political backgrounds on integral ecology, Pope Francis's vision for the holistic web of relationships between society and the natural world.

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