Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jul 24, 2016

CoC delivers civil society statement at closing session of UNCTAD 14

At the closing ceremony of UNCTAD 14th in Nairobi (Kenya), attended by the President of the host country, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari delivered the concluding statement on behalf of the civil society organizations attending the conference. Click here to watch video of the intervention (Intervention begins at 10:55).

Click here to read an analysis of the Outcome.

Join call: Organizations address demands to upcoming UNCTAD Conference

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Join call: Organizations address demands to upcoming UNCTAD Conference

On July 17-22, 2016, UNCTAD member countries will meet for UNCTAD XIV, a conference that will decide the work program of the institution for the next four years. Center of Concern joined organizations of the Civil Society International Steering Committee towards UNCTAD XIV in a letter calling for governments to ensure that the UNCTAD 14 mandate is consistent with supporting developing countries in using trade for their own development purposes.

The letter contains recommendations addressing the current draft of the outcome on areas like trade and development, debt, private finance and international investment agreements.

Please send organizational endorsements, with country, to no later than July 13, 2016.

CoC co-authors submission on debt sustainability

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jun 25, 2016

CoC co-authors submission on debt sustainability

The IMF and World Bank started a review of their Debt Sustainability Framework (DSF) for low income countries, a framework used for determining examining whether countries are, and will in the future, be able to maintain payments on their sovereign debt. On this basis, the reviews are also used, among other things, to decide how much countries are allowed to borrow.


Center of Concern together with more than 35 organizations and networks wrote a submission with recommendations for the ongoing review. The role of investment to pay for the Sustainable Development Goals, the independence required in the assessments and the analysis of liabilities linked to Public Private Partnerships are among the issues addressed by the submission.

Education for Justice | Tue, Jun 21, 2016

June 26: U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On June 26, the U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, international human rights and faith-based organizations join torture survivors in raising awareness to the practice of torture in today’s world. As people of conscience, we are called not only to pray for the victims, survivors, and perpetrators of this crime, but also to labor for its worldwide abolition.

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Education for Justice | Mon, Jun 20, 2016

World Refugee Day: What Have We Done for the Poor Ones?

June 20 is World Refugee Day. This past year there were 65 million persons displaced by global conflict, the highest number in recorded history. Education for Justice offers this artistic reflection, based on the song What Have We Done for the Poor Ones?, to inspire the global community to act on behalf of each person who is forced from their home because of violence and conflict:

Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Center of Concern | Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Center of Concern Launches Integral Voices Social Justice Blog

Center of Concern launches Integral Voices, a global blog about social justice, to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si. This blog will offer concise, high-quality content from prominent pastoral, thought, and executive leaders from diverse religious, cultural, economic, and political backgrounds on integral ecology, Pope Francis's vision for the holistic web of relationships between society and the natural world.

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Who is keeping their paths apart?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Who is keeping their paths apart?

RBW Project Director reviews a recent study commissioned by the Heinrich Boell Foundation to assess whether the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's advice to the Group of 20 on infrastructure finance is coherent with sustainable development goals and commitments.

Education for Justice | Wed, May 18, 2016

Become a Laudato Si Animator

“Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation.” -Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 14

Laudato Si Animators will promote the Laudato Si message from June 12-19, 2016 to help turn it into action in their local communities. You don’t need to be an expert of any sort to sign up as a Laudato Si Animator. Enthusiastic and interested individuals of ALL ages, walks of life, and backgrounds are needed to bring Laudato Si to life. The environmental crisis affects everyone and requires everyone to take action. Visit this website to learn how to sign up:

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, May 9, 2016

Applying human rights to tax policy-making and assessment

Last April, the “Panama papers” — more than 11 million documents leaked from a secretive law firm in Panama – exposed the tax evasion and avoidance maneuvers of companies and high net worth individuals. Some experts say that what the leak exposed represents just the tip of the iceberg. But the human rights impacts that come as a result of depriving States of public revenue are the even bigger iceberg and deserve urgent attention.

The first two in a series of advocacy tools by the RightingFinance Initiative offer guidance on how human rights obligations are relevant to the process of designing and evaluating tax policy.

The publications, “Equality and Non-discrimination in Tax Policy” and “Maximum Available Resources, Non-retrogression and Minimum Essential Levels in Tax Policy,” lay out legal foundations for the human rights principles featured in their titles, applications to tax policy, and guiding questions for reflection.

Click here to read a blog on these publications.