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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Apr 25, 2015

Financing for Development: CSOs respond to zero draft

 

On March 17th 2015 the co-facilitators of the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in July of this year, released the initial draft (“zero draft”) for negotiations.

Center of Concern is part of a Rapid Response Group among civil society organizations following the conference which prepared a detailed response with analysis and alternative language proposals.

“The third FfD outcome document should not result in a retrogression from the achievements of the Monterrey Consensus of 2002 and the Doha Declaration for Development of 2008,” the document says, warning that "Any downward movement from the achievements of Monterrey and Doha will not bode well for the expectations that Addis Ababa will help build trust toward an ambitious outcome in the post-2015 development agenda and a climate deal at the COP 21 in Paris.”

FFD: CoC delivers statements on debt, follow up and systemic issues (April 2015)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 20, 2015

FFD: CoC delivers statements on debt, follow up and systemic issues (April 2015)

At the Second Drafting session in preparation for the Third Financing for Development Conference (held at the United Nations from April 13 through 17), Center of Concern delivered statements addressing the sections of the negotiations on Debt and Systemic Issues.

On April 23, he was one of the civil society speakers at an interactive session of negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda dealing with Means of Implementation, negotiations that include financial means. His statement made proposals on the coherence of both outcome documents and the relationship between their follow up processes.

Where the Argentine Debt Case Stands Now, and Why it Still Matters (April 2015)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Apr 6, 2015

Where the Argentine Debt Case Stands Now, and Why it Still Matters (April 2015)

 

In an article written for the North American Congress on Latin America, “Where the Argentine Debt Case Stands Now, and Why it Still Matters,” RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari explains why allowing a U.S. court ruling to determine the process for international debt repayments sets a dangerous precedent, and exposes gray areas in international legal jurisdiction.

 

A cautionary tale: pension funds and the infrastructure bandwagon (April 2015)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Apr 1, 2015

A cautionary tale: pension funds and the infrastructure bandwagon (April 2015)

 

Infrastructure finance has risen to the top of the international financial policy agenda. Within the new infrastructure finance agenda emerging in such forums, the $85 trillion that institutional investors, and in particular pension funds, are estimated to hold in savings, are seen as playing a starring role.

Pension fund investments in infrastructure are not in principle a bad idea. But asset owners would do well to ask a few questions before jumping in, says Aldo Caliari in a blog commissioned by ToUChstone (the blog of the UK Trade Union Confederation).

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