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Redefinition of development aid threatens sustainable development goals

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Redefinition of development aid threatens sustainable development goals

Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari is quoted in an article reporting on the growing emphasis on the private sector to provide development finance. The article, “How the Definition of Development Aid is Being Eroded,” appeared on April 22 2016.

“We are concerned about states withdrawing their responsibility and saying the private sector should do it,” the article quotes him saying.

43rd Anniversary

Center of Concern | Fri, May 30, 2014

Center of Concern Celebrates 43rd Anniversary of Sharing Your Voice for Global Social Justice

Since its founding on May 4, 1971, by Bishop (later Cardinal) Joseph Bernardin, General Secretary of the former National Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the Center has worked to create a world that upholds basic human rights and human dignity for all. Today, team members uphold the Center's early goals of sharing your voice for global social justice (TM ) by researching, educating, and advocating from Catholic social tradition to create a world where economic, political, and cultural systems promote sustainable flourishing of the global community.



Global Women's Project | Fri, Apr 18, 2014

GWP Looks to Pope Francis's Model of Courage Serving Women and the Poor

“During Holy Week and throughout the Easter season, we are called to remember the life of Jesus, and to contemplate the courage of those who stood in solidarity with him, including his mother Mary. According to Pope Francis, “Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness.” (APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM, November 2013) Photo by Tom Gomez/Reuters/Londoy


Argentina Requesting Relief in “Vulture Funds” case

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Argentina Requesting Relief in “Vulture Funds” case

Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari is quoted in an article on Argentina’s appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that would compel the country to pay more than $1.3 billion to U.S. “holdout” bondholders that the Argentine president has called “vultures.”

The article, Argentina Requests Supreme Court Relief in “Vulture Fund” Case, appeared on February 24 2014.

“The ruling would make it very hard for debtors going through similar problems in the future to restructure their sovereign debt in a successful, timely and orderly fashion,” Caliari said.


Global Women's Project | Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Myth Busting: Women's Parity in the EU Immigration Crisis

Dr. Deva Kemmis, the director of the Center's Global Women's Project, joins advocates and scholars researching solutions to establish parity for women in the immigration crises within the European Community. At a meeting held at Georgetown University's BMW Center at the School of Foreign Service, Kemmis questioned women's progress on issues of education, work, child care, and opportunities for leadership roles. 

Latin American Countries Put Up Front Against Corporate Lawsuits

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Latin American Countries Put Up Front Against Corporate Lawsuits

Mint Press News quotes Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari in “Latin American Countries Put Up Front Against Corporate Lawsuits,” an article appeared on October 3 2013. The article reports on recent steps taken by a bloc of a dozen Latin American countries to oppose a spate of crippling lawsuits increasingly brought by multinational corporations against developing country governments for alleged violations of trade agreements. “Many of these investment treaties are approved in the dark, with a lack of due process and no input from citizens,” Caliari says. “The mythology behind these sort of clauses, including agreeing to be bound by tribunals, has to do with idea that if you do your country will be attractive for foreign investment, though those benefits have often proven to be nonexistent.”


Global Women's Project | Mon, Oct 14, 2013

Evidence-based Report Guides New Action Plan

Dr. Deva Kemmis, the director the Center's Global Women's Project, joins fellow researchers and advocates learning the results of the new evidence-based report on women's empowerment, produced by a joint project of the United Nations Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation. Kemmis, on the right, stands with Jessica Gushuny of the National Collegiate Scholars Society at the event launching the report, A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment.  The report's results identify proven, promising and high-potential interventions to advance women’s economic development around the world. Kemmis says, "Such evidence-based research provides new guidance to the Global Women's Project action plan."

Integral Ecology | Fri, Oct 4, 2013

Sino-US Colloquium (IV) = Core Values and World Order

Lester Myers, Ph.D. and President of Center of Concern joins Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick at the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) Sino-US Colloquium (IV) = Core Values and World Order.  Presenters include academicians and scholars from China and the United States, international religious and cultural experts, social scientists, renowned journalists and politicians whom CEFC assembles. CEFC serves as a high-end strategic think tank engaged in energy strategy research, energy and public diplomacy, as well as global energy cooperation and cultural exchanges. Through the Colloquium, CEFC challenges the best minds to to conduct research in support of China’s three-pronged approach to energy development: the substitution of cleaner alternative energy for traditional energy, renewable energy for fossil fuels and plentiful energy sources for scarce ones.