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The fiscal debate 2012: Getting ready for the jump (November 2012)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Nov 19, 2012

The fiscal debate 2012: Getting ready for the jump (November 2012)

Pre-agreed spending cuts of USD 1 trillion would take place beginning in January 2013. The beginning of next year is also the time when large tax cuts passed during the Bush Administration are scheduled to expire. The possibility of these simultaneous events in early 2013 is what the media calls the “fiscal cliff.”
This article appeared in Center Focus argues that the "fiscal cliff" might actually be the least worse scenario among those politically feasible for the US economy.

Rio + 20: Message falls short of planetary needs (August 2012)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Rio + 20: Message falls short of planetary needs (August 2012)

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. In an article appeared on Center Focus, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari provides an assessment of the outcomes.

The original Rio Conference, held in 1992, formally endorsed the concept of sustainable development: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  “The limits of the Earth ecosystem may have seemed a compelling factor to consider then, but perhaps never so compelling as it is at the current moment,” the article states.

COC joins in comments to UN development finance meeting (December 2011)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Dec 9, 2011

COC joins in comments to UN development finance meeting (December 2011)

The High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development took place on December 7-8 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

 

In advance of the occasion, CIDSE submitted the following Comments and Recommendations for UN General Assembly Draft Resolutionon the Follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development

 

 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jun 15, 2011

CIDSE inputs into “Gates Report” on innovative finance (June 2011)

Center of Concern joins CIDSE, a transatlantic alliance of 16 Catholic Development Agencies, submitting a contribution to Bill Gates’ working paper on financing for development. The report was requested by the French Presidency of the Group of 20 and is intended to inform the deliberations on the topic  in the lead up to the Cannes Summit, coming November.In its contribution, CIDSE highlights innovative mechanisms to finance development goals such as a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) and Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to complement pledged ODA funds.

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