Global Women's Project | Wed, Jun 24, 2015

How is Technology Interrupting the Business Model of Human Trafficking?

According to the Economist's report on human trafficking, women suffer most severely. The report says, "victims of international trafficking are women forced into some form of prostitution." In Europe and Central and South Asia, women, often previous victims of trafficking, are expected to recruit other women. The BBC reports of USSD technology being applied to camouflage text messages and allow local authorities to locate a phone.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jul 6, 2014

RBW Attends Meetings on Sovereign Debt

On July 8, 2014, at New York University, New York, Aldo Caliari, the director of Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, participates in a meeting to contribute to conceptualizing a capacity-building program to help countries implement the "Principles on Responsible Lending and Borrowing," produced in a process convened by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). On July 7, 2014, Caliari took part in a meeting of UNCTAD's Working Group on a Debt Workout Mechanism, also held at New York University, New York. This meeting of the expert group comes at a critical juncture as a recent ruling by US Courts, by removing financial incentives for creditors to participate in orderly debt workouts, will make future debt restructuring even more difficult.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jul 5, 2014

Working for Social Justice in Food Systems

On June 24-26 Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari attended “Linking Social Struggles: Can the Path Towards Human Rights Compliant, Holistic and Sustainable Food Systems Serve to Unify Struggles?” (photo: CC/Flickr/Oxfam/East Africa/farming) At the meeting, bringing together representatives around sixty civil society, social movement and peasant organizations and academic representatives from all regions of the world, Mr. Caliari will be a resource person on issues relating to financial regulation and investment issues related to the food system. On June 26th, Mr. Caliari joined a planning meeting of the Extraterritorial Obligations Consortium, a network dedicated to promote the extraterritorial application of human rights norms, of which the Center of Concern is a member.


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jun 11, 2014

CoC Co-organizes June Events on Tax Policy and Human Rights

Center of Concern is proud to announce three events that RightingFinance, the initiative it coordinates, will be holding in the course of the month of June 2014 on the theme of tax policy and human rights. The events take place in Geneva and in New York City on the occasion of the release of the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, which has tax policy and human rights as its main focus. (Click title for details.) Photo: CC/Flicr/Sudipta_Arka_Das.


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, May 22, 2014

RBW Alert: Who's Getting Wealthy in sub-Saharan Africa?

Who is really benefiting from wealth creation in sub-Saharan Africa? Alvin Mosioma, Director of Tax Justice Network-Africa, argues in his newest blog post on that while economies in the region are growing, the benefits from growth are disproportionately felt by the rich due to tax dodging and the inability of local authorities to combat such measures. As a result, inequality is growing, with minimal advances by the poor. Read more of his analysis of the implications of this problem and possible solutions:​​


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, May 9, 2014

Aldo Caliari Speaking at UN ECOSOC on PPP Infrastructure Risks for Corruption

Speaking at the UN ECOSOC, international economist AldoCaliari addresses public-private partnerships at "Financing for Sustainable Development High-Level Meeting" and promotes financial reform to protect against corruption on complex infrastructure projects. Click here for Press Release. 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Mar 30, 2014

Seeking Justice for Extraterritorial Human Rights Impacts

At the Institute of Human Rights at Abo Akademi University in the city of Turku, Finland, from March 27-29, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari attended the final meeting of the Globalization and Transnational Human Rights Obligations (GLOTHRO) projectScholars at the conference will discuss and present papers on prospective cross-cutting legal principles relevant for the attribution and distribution of responsibility for breaches of human rights law between foreign states, transnational corporations and international organizations. Mr. Caliari’s paper contributes ideas on frameworks for extraterritorial attribution of responsibility, regarding human rights impacts of financial sector activity. Image of Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 18, 2014

The important Legacy of the Vienna Human Rights Conference for a New Development Agenda

 Through a chapter contributed to the book Vienna + 20 Advancing the Protection of Human Rights: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives 20 Years after the World Conference, published by the government of Austria, CoC team member Aldo Caliari joins distinguished officials and experts in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Conference on Human Rights.


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 11, 2014

RBW Speaks at Moscow Seminar on Russia's Contribution to Post-2015 Development Agenda

On March 12, 2014, CoC team member Aldo Caliari spoke at a High Level Expert Seminar held in the framework of Russia’s Group of 8 Presidency: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: towards a new partnership for development. What contribution could the Russian Presidency in the G8 make?” The seminar, held in Moscow, was organized by the Russian G8 Presidency team, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program. Mr. Caliari's presentation was part of a panel focused on how to make development finance work for sustainable development.