Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Oct 2, 2016

CoC hosts and speaks at events in occasion of IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings

On October 7-9, 2016, the World Bank and IMF will hold their Annual General Meetings at their headquarters in Washington DC. In the occasion of the meetings, a number of events on infrastructure finance, Public-Private Partnerships, debt and financial regulation in the Group of 20 agenda feature Center of Concern as organizer, speaker and moderator.

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China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?

Center of Concern | Wed, Sep 28, 2016

China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?

In an innovative and promising development from the Leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20), this year's meeting in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September 2016, considered conclusions from a Green Finance Study Group that this year deliberated for the first time. In a new guest article for the International Institute on Sustainable Development, “China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?”, CoC team member Aldo Caliari comments on the significance of the Study Group and its conclusions for making international finance consistent with the requirements of sustainable development.

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Group of 20 Leaders gathering in Hangzhou: Find out what they decided

Group of 20 Hangzhou Summit: What did they decide?

On September 4-5, 2016, Heads of State of the Group of 20 –the premier forum for international economic cooperation for the largest economies of the world -- held their yearly Summit, this year under the Presidency of China, in the city of Hangzhou (China). Meeting amidst rising concerns about the continuing malaise in the global economy, inequality and growing signs of discontent with globalization, the Summit released and endorsed more than 20 initiatives and Action Plans. Issues discussed included the reform of the international monetary system, financial regulation and green finance, structural reform, infrastructure finance, industrialization and the G20’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read Some highlights of the 2016 China-led G20 Summit

Read G20 Hangzhou agreement unlikely to heal global economy’s malaise

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Sep 10, 2016

CoC speaks at International Tax Justice Academy

On September 12th through 16th, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will attend the International Tax Justice Academy, held in Nairobi (Kenya). This Pan-African initiative aims to bridge an existing knowledge gap on tax justice in Africa and empower CSOs and other related organizations to effectively engage in policy advocacy on taxation as it relates to Africa’s economic development. Caliari will be facilitating and speaking at sessions on tax policy and human rights and on tackling illicit financial flows. 

Education for Justice | Tue, Aug 30, 2016

September 9th: Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

On September 9th, Education for Justice will join with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to Pray for Peace in Our Communities. To learn more about how you can take action to become aware of your own privilege and create peace in your community, visit:

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Civil society report assesses sustainable development agenda implementation

Independent monitoring and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its structural obstacles and challenges are key factors for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals. What are currently the main obstacles to achieving the said goals? Are there transnational spillover effects that influence or even undermine the implementation of the goals? Are the current policy approaches an adequate response to the challenges and? What has to be done? Which specific policy changes (at international level) are necessary?

The Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, together with other civil society organizations and networks, has produced the first annual Spotlight Report assessing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the structural obstacles in its realization. Click here to download the full report, and click here for single chapters, and to find national coalition reports.

Center of Concern | Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Opportunities for Hope at World Youth Day

Andrea Pinnavaia shares a reflection on her experience at World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland for Center of Concern's Integral Voices blog, a semi-monthly global conversation on social justice and peace. She recalls, "In these days I witnessed God at work in the great compassion and sense of camaraderie that characterizes this generation of Catholic youth ... Pope Francis was calling us to build a new world because our own is scarred and broken from the work of our own hands." Read the entire post here:

Integral Ecology | Thu, Aug 18, 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.

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: Photo by Judy Coode.