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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Apr 13, 2014

RBW to Address UN Meeting on Financing for Development

On April 15, 2014, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will address the Special high-level meeting of ECOSOC with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The meeting, which this year takes place on the days of April 14 and 15, is held every year at the UN Headquarters in New York, and is part of the follow-up to the Financing for Development Conference.  Read the agenda for this meeting. Photo CC/UN ECOSOC/ Jon Gosier 

 

Role of trade in crisis recovery prompts worries (March 2010)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Mar 18, 2010

Role of trade in crisis recovery prompts worries (March 2010)

(Click here to download a pdf version of this article) 

 

As a recovery gets underway, the speed at which trade is regaining its pace, after having fallen in a 12 % last year, is startling observers. Without addressing some important questions about the role that trade is playing in the recovery, however, it will be hard to seriously hope for a recovery that is lasting and sustainable.

Preserving Gullah Land Rights in the Wake of Tourism Expansion

Global Women's Project | Mon, May 4, 2009

Preserving Gullah Land Rights in the Wake of Tourism Expansion

The tourism and leisure industry is among the most lucrative and fastest growing industries in the world. The potential to harness revenues from this industry and direct them towards development has been touted by multilateral institutions and national governments alike. While there are many promises of how tourism can increase development for communities, further examination unveils the detrimental impacts the industry has on communities. One such impact is the erosion of communal land rights, particularly the rights of indigenous people, as the industry expands. This phenomenon is not limited to the developing world. This paper seeks to expand the discussion on the impact of tourism on land rights by highlighting the experience of the Gullah community in the U.S. and linking the Gullah struggle to maintain communal land rights to that of communities across the globe.
Towards a Holistic Review of Debt, Trade and Finance- Side Event at Doha Conference (December 2008)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Dec 12, 2008

Towards a Holistic Review of Debt, Trade and Finance- Side Event at Doha Conference (December 2008)

Center of Concern held an event, "On the footsteps of Monterrey: Towards a Holistic Review of Debt, Trade and Finance", on the occasion of the Financing for Development Review Conference in Doha. The event took place in November 29.

Click here for a description and list of speakers.

Click here for a brief report (gently prepared by NGLS)

 

 

Interpreting outcome of WTO talks no easy task for FFD negotiations (October 2008)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Oct 29, 2008

Interpreting outcome of WTO talks no easy task for FFD negotiations (October 2008)

This article reports on negotiations leading to the Doha Financing for Development Review on the trade chapter, where deep divisions among country blocks on how the Doha FFD Review should interpret the record of the WTO round of trade negotiations -- that came to a halt earlier in 2008-- came to the fore.
WTO In Theaters Now

Global Women's Project | Thu, Sep 18, 2008

WTO In Theaters Now

Battle in Seattle is a new film by Stuart Townsend that tells the stories of a dozen fictional characters whose lives intersect over the course of the 1999 WTO Ministerial in Seattle. Today, as then, the WTO represents the very economic model that is collapsing before our eyes. The crisis in the housing and finance sectors are but the latest example of an economy based on the wrong values. As the protest signs read, it's time to put "People Before Profits."

Beyond WTO Compliance:  Seeking a Just 2007 U.S. Farm Bill

Global Women's Project | Thu, Apr 19, 2007

Beyond WTO Compliance: Seeking a Just 2007 U.S. Farm Bill

"The 2002 Farm Bill is set to expire this year and debate on a new Farm Bill is heating up in the U.S. Congress, drawing both domestic and international attention. Given the scope and reach of Farm Bill legislation, this is an opportunity to change the course of U.S. agriculture and draft meaningful legislation for U.S. family farmers and rural communities and their international counterparts. This article will discuss the current direction of U.S. agriculture policy, the interaction with international trade rules and current proposals for the 2007 Farm Bill, contrasting those that seek to comply with trade obligations and those that present an alternative to the current system. "

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