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Focus Four: Human Rights in International Economic Policy

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Feb 26, 2014

Preventing tax abuses: A human rights duty (February 2014)

Tax abuses deprive governments of the resources required to provide the programmes that give effect to economic, social and cultural rights, and to create and strengthen the institutions that uphold civil and political rights, according to a new report issued by a group of experts commissioned by the International Bar Association.

In a blog appeared on rightingfinance.org, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari comments on the report “Tax Abuses, Poverty and Human Rights,” comments on a report issued by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Dec 17, 2013

Center of Concern’s Director of Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Addresses United Nations Expert Committee on Financing for Sustainable Development

International economist Aldo Caliari urges United Nations committee to recognize the benefits of monetary system reform and financial regulation to help safeguard public resources needed to finance sustainable development. Video recording of Caliari's live presentation at the UN can be found at 01:53 into the program captured by UN Web TV.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Dec 3, 2013

Center of Concern and Institute for Applied Economic Research Host Workshop in Brazil

Rio de JaneiroAt a recent meeting co-hosted by the Center of Concern (Center) and the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), international economists and policy makers assessed new and existing South-South initiatives for monetary and financial cooperation. The Center’s Director of Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Aldo Caliari offered the global financial crisis of 2008-09 as context for increasing the urgency of South –South economic cooperation.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Nov 22, 2013

New Cambridge Press Publication Features Aldo Caliari's Work on Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights

In a chapter contributed to the book, Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future, recently published by Cambridge University Press, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari examines the relationship between Millennium Development Goal 8 and international human rights standards from a theoretical and practical perspective.

 

Vienna Human Rights Conference Echoes Concerns on Finance Rules (October 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Oct 17, 2013

Vienna Human Rights Conference Echoes Concerns on Finance Rules (October 2013)

 

A broad consensus on the importance of tackling financial abuses to protect human rights was achieved by human rights advocates meeting in commemoration of the 1993 Vienna Conference on Human Rights in Vienna last summer. A blog posted on rightingfinance.org reports on the relevant aspects of the declaration issued by conference participants.

 

Organizations challenge MDG Special Event Outcome Document on lack of precisions (September 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Sep 29, 2013

Organizations challenge MDG Special Event Outcome Document on lack of precisions (September 2013)

 

CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic agencies issued a statement in response to the Outcome document approved at the UN Special Event on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 25 September 2013. “The question whether human rights will remain just a token phrase in the preamble of development frameworks or the real driving force for the new framework after 2015 . . . remains unanswered,” the statement said.

Read full statement.

 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Sep 15, 2013

Opting for the Poor in Making Tax Policies

Center of Concern is proud to cosponsor with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, an Expert meeting on the theme “The human rights impacts of fiscal and tax policy.” The meeting takes place on September 16-17, at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and is also cosponsored by Friedrich Ebert Foundation, MISEREOR and Christian Aid. The meeting is intended as a consultation to assist the Rapporteur in preparing an upcoming report she will submit to the Human Rights Council in 2014. At the meeting, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will make a presentation on taxation in the financial sector. 

 

Financial regulation and gender equality: is there a connection?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Aug 2, 2013

Financial regulation and gender equality: is there a connection?

 

The global financial crisis led to greater job loss and poverty among women than men while rising food prices and responsibility for social reproduction take excessive tolls on the livelihoods of women.

A new primer prepared by the “A bottom up approach to righting financial regulation initiative” argues that financial crises and austerity measures adversely impact women in particular and, proposes paths for regulation and recovery to take women’s rights and concerns into account.

 

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