Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Center of Concern and Institute for Applied Economic Research Convene International Seminar to Analyze Macroeconomic Impacts of Global Value Chains

Rio de Janeiro—International seminar participants evaluate global value chain trading trends of developing countries and alert economic communities to the impact of inaccurate data reporting of domestic imports and exports. Click here for full press release. 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Feb 26, 2014

Preventing tax abuses: A human rights duty (February 2014)

Tax abuses deprive governments of the resources required to provide the programmes that give effect to economic, social and cultural rights, and to create and strengthen the institutions that uphold civil and political rights, according to a new report issued by a group of experts commissioned by the International Bar Association.

In a blog appeared on, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari comments on the report “Tax Abuses, Poverty and Human Rights,” comments on a report issued by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Mandela Provides Lasting Inspiration to Tackle the Toughest Issues

The Center's Rethinking Bretton Woods Project takes on arguably the most powerful and well-organized lobby of the world — the financial industry — to defend the interests of those who are poor and marginalized. In a task that often can seem hopeless, Mandela’s statement: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” will forever continue to be a voice of inspiration. A reminder that there is no more powerful force than the human will when it sets out to achieve something aligned with principles of justice.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 27, 2013

CoC Offers Views on Macroeconomic and Financial Aspects of Sustainable Development

This week a United Nations intergovernmental body mandated to craft proposals for what the new goals on Sustainable Development should look like, met to consider the macroeconomic and financial policy aspects of that agenda. Center of Concern’s team member Aldo Caliari provided key inputs for those deliberations, held at the UN Headquarters in New York. At a panel on November 26th, 2013 he delivered a statement on behalf of the civil society organizations’ Finance and Trade Issues cluster. At a side-event the day before, on food price volatility, he discussed the theme “Facing the financialization of food markets: why, where and how in the post-2015 development agenda.”


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Oct 23, 2013

Vienna Human Rights Conference Underscores Concerns on Financial Sector

Aldo Caliari, the director of the Center's Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, reminds colleagues of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights and its Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.  To commemorate the occasion, 140 civil society representatives from around the world gathered in Vienna. "The importance of tackling financial abuses to protect human rights was one of the salient points of a declaration issued in the occasion," reports Caliari in a blog for 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Aug 15, 2011

Center of Concern featured at workshop on innovative finance

The 2011 Forum of Interaction, the umbrella organization for development NGOs in the US, is being held August 10-12 in Washington DC. Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari speaks at a workshop on how to build support for innovative financing mechanisms to support development and climate needs. See a short paper addressing innovative finance mechanisms. See Interaction Forum's program for this year.