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Focus Four: Human Rights in International Economic Policy

Vienna plus 20 conference focuses on human rights in a changing world (June 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jun 29, 2013

Vienna plus 20 conference focuses on human rights in a changing world (June 2013)

 

The Vienna + 20 “Strengthening the human rights movement globally” Conference was held on June 25 and 26 in the city of Vienna. Celebrating the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights and its Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action issued on June 25, 1993, it convened more than 140 persons from various CSOs around the world. The Conference discussed and adopted a forward looking declaration based on months of extensive prior consultation in various preparatory groups on the different parts.

 

 

 

 

The Global Partnership for Development: helping achieve human rights? (May 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, May 29, 2013

The Global Partnership for Development: helping achieve human rights? (May 2013)

A new paper authored by Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari, “Analysis of Millennium Development Goal 8: A global partnership for development,” provides an assessment of targets and indicators regarding Millennium Development Goal 8 (“Global partnership for development”) from a human rights perspective.

Austerity programs found sapping democracy, human rights in the Middle East (May 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, May 7, 2013

Austerity programs found sapping democracy, human rights in the Middle East (May 2013)

Participants at a recent event in Washington, D.C. addressed in the Middle East. A blog appeared on rightingfinance.org reports on a panel discussion held at the World Bank Spring meetings. The participants discussed the impacts of IMF-recommended economic policies on democracy and human rights in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries.

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Apr 21, 2013

CoC holds meeting on human rights in financial regulation and macroeconomic policy

On April 24-25, 2013, Center of Concern and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights cosponsored “Rights in Crisis: An expert meeting on promoting rights-based approaches to financial regulation, macroeconomic policies, and economic recovery.” Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, was one of the panelists presenting a paper at the event.

Think tanks see financial regulation as part of new development framework (April 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Think tanks see financial regulation as part of new development framework (April 2013)

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In an article produced for rightingfinance.org Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari comments on a report released by three influential think tanks, “Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future.” The report focuses on how global collective action can help developing countries achieve development and establishes a link between achievement of development goals and reforms of the international financial system. It is, therefore, expected to raise pressure for inclusion of financial regulation issues in the new development framework.

 

Inequality should be at the heart of new global development agenda (March 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Mar 30, 2013

Inequality should be at the heart of new global development agenda (March 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Director Aldo Caliari was among a group of economists, academics, and development experts signing on an appeal to the Bali meeting of a High Level Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General to develop ideas for the development framework that should replace the Millennium Development goals come 2015. The appeal calls for inequality to be placed at the heart of any potential post-2015 framework.

 

This focus on inequality is needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. As of right now, the appeal states, the incomes of the top 1.75% exceeds the incomes of the bottom 77%. Inequality is a barrier to individual development and sustained economic growth. One of the document’s suggestions is to use Palma’s ratio as an inequality target, which argues that the top 10% of a society’s incomes should not be more than the 40% at the bottom of that society.

World Water Day sees human right to water threatened by crisis responses (March 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Mar 22, 2013

World Water Day sees human right to water threatened by crisis responses (March 2013)

World Water Day, on March 22, is an occasion to celebrate the gift of life this natural resource represents to nature and human kind. It is also a pertinent occasion for a reflection on crisis response measures that are threatening to condemn more and more human beings to losing their access to such resource.

A frequent feature of financial crisis response measures – and even in countries that are not facing a financial crisis – has been the adoption of so-called “austerity” programs to recover fiscal health. An article appeared in rightingfinance.org shows how enjoyment of the human right to water and sanitation can be placed at risk by these programs.

 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Mar 2, 2013

Event: Rethinking Austerity - Human Rights in responses to the financial crisis

 On March 6, 2013, RBW Project Director spoke at a side-event held at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, in the occasion of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council. The event, hosted  by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressed human rights issues emerging in responses to the financial crisis.

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