Focus Four: Human Rights in International Economic Policy

Financial markets and infrastructure: CoC convenes advocates to discuss new trends

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jan 17, 2015

Financial markets and infrastructure: CoC convenes advocates to discuss new trends


On January 19th and 20th 2015, Center of Concern will hold “New trends in infrastructure finance: A briefing and strategy workshop.” The meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Geneva International Conference Center, and is being cosponsored with the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. It will convene financial regulation, human rights, debt, tax justice, anti-corruption, financial transparency, corporate accountability and environmental advocates.

Participants will assess ongoing policy discussions on how to finance infrastructure through investments by financial market actors, in particular institutional investors such as pension funds, mutual funds and private equity funds. What human rights and environmental standards, if any, will projects so funded include? What are the measures to ensure accountability to citizens in the design and implementation of the contracts needed for such projects?  Will these financing modalities be appropriate to address the infrastructure deficits faced by the poorest and marginalized?

Groups submit demands to UN Secretary General on human rights in finance

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Groups submit demands to UN Secretary General on human rights in finance


In a letter submitted to the UN Secretary General, the RightingFinance Initiative, which Center of Concern coordinates, conveyed a number of requests in regards to finance and development issues in an upcoming report the Secretary General is drafting as input for the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit.

The letter makes reference to the human rights audit that RightingFinance carried out on the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance report, assessing it from the perspective of international human rights principles.

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Human rights should permeate sustainable development finance options (November 2014)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Human rights should permeate sustainable development finance options (November 2014)


Last August, a UN committee set up to propose options for financing the Sustainable Development Goals delivered its report, which will be an important input into the intergovernmental deliberations that will decide on means of implementing the said goals next year. This response released by RightingFinance Initiative argues that the centrality of human rights and equality should not only permeate the new development goals agreed in 2015, but also the full range of means to finance them. On this premise, RightingFinance performs a human rights audit of the report.

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jul 5, 2014

Working for Social Justice in Food Systems

On June 24-26 Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari attended “Linking Social Struggles: Can the Path Towards Human Rights Compliant, Holistic and Sustainable Food Systems Serve to Unify Struggles?” (photo: CC/Flickr/Oxfam/East Africa/farming) At the meeting, bringing together representatives around sixty civil society, social movement and peasant organizations and academic representatives from all regions of the world, Mr. Caliari will be a resource person on issues relating to financial regulation and investment issues related to the food system. On June 26th, Mr. Caliari joined a planning meeting of the Extraterritorial Obligations Consortium, a network dedicated to promote the extraterritorial application of human rights norms, of which the Center of Concern is a member.


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jun 11, 2014

CoC Co-organizes June Events on Tax Policy and Human Rights

Center of Concern is proud to announce three events that RightingFinance, the initiative it coordinates, will be holding in the course of the month of June 2014 on the theme of tax policy and human rights. The events take place in Geneva and in New York City on the occasion of the release of the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, which has tax policy and human rights as its main focus. (Click title for details.) Photo: CC/Flicr/Sudipta_Arka_Das.


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, May 22, 2014

RBW Alert: Who's Getting Wealthy in sub-Saharan Africa?

Who is really benefiting from wealth creation in sub-Saharan Africa? Alvin Mosioma, Director of Tax Justice Network-Africa, argues in his newest blog post on that while economies in the region are growing, the benefits from growth are disproportionately felt by the rich due to tax dodging and the inability of local authorities to combat such measures. As a result, inequality is growing, with minimal advances by the poor. Read more of his analysis of the implications of this problem and possible solutions:​​


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Human Rights in Partnerships to Finance Sustainable Development

On April 3-4 2014, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari takes part of “Co-Creating New Partnerships for Financing Sustainable Development.” This consultation, being held by the UN Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Financing Sustainable Development to gather inputs from non-governmental stakeholders, takes place the city of Helsinki, Finland. (photo by Jim G/CC) 



Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Mar 30, 2014

Seeking Justice for Extraterritorial Human Rights Impacts

At the Institute of Human Rights at Abo Akademi University in the city of Turku, Finland, from March 27-29, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari attended the final meeting of the Globalization and Transnational Human Rights Obligations (GLOTHRO) projectScholars at the conference will discuss and present papers on prospective cross-cutting legal principles relevant for the attribution and distribution of responsibility for breaches of human rights law between foreign states, transnational corporations and international organizations. Mr. Caliari’s paper contributes ideas on frameworks for extraterritorial attribution of responsibility, regarding human rights impacts of financial sector activity. Image of Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. 

The legacy of the Vienna Human Rights conference: How is it relevant to the post-2015 development discussions? (March 2014)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Mar 16, 2014

The legacy of the Vienna Human Rights conference: How is it relevant to the post-2015 development discussions? (March 2014)


In a chapter appeared in a book published by the government of Austria, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari makes recommendations on how to integrate economic policy and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda.