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Financing for Development

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

 

 

Trade and Finance: New Paper (July 2011)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jul 1, 2011

Trade and Finance: New Paper (July 2011)

The need for a development approach based on trade to be accompanied by a number of complementary financial policies may sound too obvious. However, in the decades since trade became the development mantra, the need for a holistic consideration that jointly addresses both trade and financial reforms geared to support development have emerged in the international development policy agenda only sporadically. The attempts to reconnect trade and finance and place them in a more coherent framework were with no exception characterized by their limited scope or for being placed in ineffective vehicles--- or for both at the same time. 

In this paper, Aldo Caliari highlights some key issues that are financial in substance and belong into the financial regulation agenda but, yet, are crucial to the success of developing countries pursuing trade-led development. Because of that, one argument this paper advances is that a trade-led development lens, applied to the analysis and design of such financial regulatory issues could color them in positive directions.

RBW speaks at Hearings on Least Developed Countries conference (April 2011)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 4, 2011

RBW speaks at Hearings on Least Developed Countries conference (April 2011)

Speaking at Panel II of the Interactive Civil Society Hearing of the General Assembly in Preparation for the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UN LDC IV), April 1, 2011, RBW Project Director addressed the theme “Enhancing LDCs productive capacity and resilience for the impact of Global Crises.” In his statement he touched upon the following issues: Small enterprises, innovative financing, trade as an instrument of financial resilience, and LDCs voice at the Group of 20.  

 

Human Rights and Financing for Development (October 2009)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Oct 19, 2009

Human Rights and Financing for Development (October 2009)

The Doha Financing for Development Review Conference, held in 2008 recognized the importance of respect for all human rights, including the right to development, in the global partnership for development. A side event co-organized by Center of Concern and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights explores the significance of the human rights and right to development agenda for the Financing for Development process.

Civil society speaks on the financial crisis and development (April 2009)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Apr 22, 2009

Civil society speaks on the financial crisis and development (April 2009)

The Economic and Social Council held a panel discussion on "Civil Society Perspectives on the Financing for Development Agenda." The panel was held on Monday, 20 April 2009 at the UN Headquarters in New York, in preparation for its Special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. 

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