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G-8 Summit Makes Poverty A Story - But Nothing Else (July 2005)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jul 22, 2005

G-8 Summit Makes Poverty A Story - But Nothing Else (July 2005)

"This week the 2005 Summit of the Group of 8 leaders of industrialized countries took place in Gleneagles, Scotland. The Summit stood high among the frantic series of high-level meetings, reports and other advocacy moments that, because of their focus on development issues and on Africa, held promise for a 2005 in which important decisions would improve the living conditions of thousands. However, clouded by despicable terrorist attacks in London that threatened to derail the agenda of the meeting –and at some point the meeting itself –the Summit failed to meet expectations," says this article.
The 2005 G-8 Meeting: Any Hope For Justice?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, May 20, 2005

The 2005 G-8 Meeting: Any Hope For Justice?

"As world leaders prepare for the July 2005 G-8 meetings in Gleneagles, Scotland, activists around the world are turning their their focus to three broad areas: debt, aid, and trade. ""The greatest hopes for positive outcomes at Gleneagles are pinned on the debt issue,"" Aldo Caliari, Director of the Center's Rethinking Bretton Woods project, writes in this article appeared in Center Focus. 

Financing for Development: Long-Term Commitment to Global Governance Reform (2005)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, May 20, 2005

Financing for Development: Long-Term Commitment to Global Governance Reform (2005)

"Consistent with the vision that the 2002 Conference represented a starting point for a dialogue rather than a final product, Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods project, writes. The FFD conference ""has provided a political space to address the full range of sources of finance in an integrated and holistic way: mobilization of domestic resources and of international private resources, trade, debt, and public overseas development assistance."" Find out what progress has been made, and where the conference is going in this update."
An Exercise In Stalemate? World Bank /IMF Spring 2005 Meetings (2005)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Apr 20, 2005

An Exercise In Stalemate? World Bank /IMF Spring 2005 Meetings (2005)

An assessment of the results of the World Bank/IMF Spring 2005 meetings reveals a leadership and decision-making machinery in crises. A number of major agenda issues that require rapid action continue to face stalemate at the highest levels in these institutions. Center of Concern staff member Aldo Caliari offers highlights of the meetings.
CAFTA Rules on Sovereign Debt: Cementing the Chains of Debt (May 2005)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Apr 13, 2005

CAFTA Rules on Sovereign Debt: Cementing the Chains of Debt (May 2005)

The rules of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have been widely criticized by debt campaigners for embodying a model of development that is certain to maintain, if not worsen, the debt woes of its developing country members. In spite of this, CAFTA rules that directly govern the treatment of sovereign debt have received relatively little attention and exposure. In fact, by extending to sovereign debt the application of rules elaborated in the context of investment agreements and with the aim of protection of foreign investors (such as Most Favoured Nation, National Treatment and investor-state arbitration), CAFTA spares no effort to close all possible exits to the debt problems of Central American countries.
CAFTA Rules on Sovereign Debt: Cementing the Chains of Debt

Global Women's Project | Wed, Apr 13, 2005

CAFTA Rules on Sovereign Debt: Cementing the Chains of Debt

"The rules of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have been widely criticized by debt campaigners for embodying a model of development that is certain to maintain, if not worsen, the debt woes of its developing country members. In spite of this, CAFTA rules that directly govern the treatment of sovereign debt have received relatively little attention and exposure. In fact, by extending to sovereign debt the application of rules elaborated in the context of investment agreements and with the aim of protection of foreign investors (such as Most Favoured Nation, National Treatment and investor-state arbitration), CAFTA spares no effort to close all possible exits to the debt problems of Central American countries."
CAFTA's Debt Trap

Global Women's Project | Sat, Apr 2, 2005

CAFTA's Debt Trap

"Criticism of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) currently being considered by the U.S. Congress has focused heavily on concerns that the treaty would devastate Central American farmers who would be forced to compete with heavily subsidized U.S. agribusiness. In addition, many Central Americans fear that the deal would perpetuate a low-road approach to development based on low wages and lax environmental enforcement and undermine government authority to ensure basic services and access to medicines. These are all valid concerns, but there is yet another danger posed by CAFTA that deserves greater attention.

Read the full article, a special report by Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods project, published in Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF)."

WTO+10 Meets Beijing+10: New Paper From The Global Women's Project

Global Women's Project | Tue, Mar 22, 2005

WTO+10 Meets Beijing+10: New Paper From The Global Women's Project

"After ten years of U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization and a political emphasis on greater international trade as an engine of economic growth, we must ask whether women are gaining or losing in terms of job opportunities and wages under current trade policy?"

In their new paper, Bankrupt U.S. Economic Policy Forecloses on Women's Human Rights: WTO+10 Meets Beijing+10: The Impacts of Trade Liberalization on Women's Human Rights, Maria Riley, OP, Alexandra Spieldoch, and Kristin Sampson, members of the Center's Global Women's Project, consider questions about trade policies' impacts not only on women's job opportunities and wages but also on their access to social services, and on how much political influence women have in local and national decision making.

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