Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jan 29, 2017

New tax and human rights tools

Participation, accountability, transparency and access to information are critical human rights principles that apply to fiscal policies. Likewise, human rights duties of international cooperation and assistance compel states to consider how their tax policies affect human rights beyond their borders. 

The publications “Civil and Political Rights in Tax Policy” and ”Tax Policy and International Cooperation and Assistance for the Achievement of Human Rights,” are the last two in a series of four advocacy tools launched by the RightingFinance Initiative. Completing the previously launched set of advocacy tools, they offer further guidance on the meaning of human rights obligations for making and assessing tax policy.

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CoC speaks at January 12 event on tax avoidance

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jan 4, 2017

CoC speaks at January 12 event on tax avoidance

On January 12, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be one of the contributors at the event "Tax Avoidance, Illicit Financial Flows and Global Development: A Call for a United Nations Tax Body.” The event will feature the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ecuador, H.E. Mr. Guillaume Long, on the day before Ecuador takes over the Presidency of the Group of 77 at an official ceremony in New York, and will discuss Ecuador’s agenda on tax avoidance, illicit financial flows and development.

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Dec 12, 2016

CoC attends Berlin meeting on finance and the G20

On December 8-9, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari attended a meeting in Berlin (Germany) on international finance and the Group of 20. The meeting was part of civil society preparations in the lead up to the 2017 G20 Summit, to be chaired by Germany.

It continues to be the case that demands for alternatives and/or more stringent reform and regulation so that the financial sector serves the needs of societies, people and a real sustainable economy are not sufficiently being heard or even expressed. This meeting sought to increase public scrutiny on malfunctioning international decision‐making on global financial policies and raise civil society awareness on the need to demand financial system reforms consistent with the economic problems that confront society. Participants met with officials from the German government preparing the 2017 G20 Summit and drafted a letter to be delivered to the G20 Sherpas.

CoC attends global gathering of economic and social rights advocates

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Nov 14, 2016

CoC attends global gathering of economic and social rights advocates

On November 15th through 19th, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be in Buenos Aires (Argentina) to represent Center of Concern at the Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network. The Assembly will bring together members from all over the world for assessing network activities since the last Assembly (held in 2008) and strategies for the way forward. The day before the Assembly starts he will also participate of a meeting of the Extraterritorial Obligations Consortium being held in the same city.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 2, 2016

CoC team member speaks at IMF infrastructure seminar

What is the state of play on financing infrastructure? What are the challenges where infrastructure needs have not been met? CoC team member Aldo Caliari speaks at “Toward Better Infrastructure in Developing Countries,” a seminar hosted by the International Monetary Fund during its Annual Meetings, held on October 7-9, 2016.

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Agenda 2030, Civil 20 meetings in Geneva and Berlin featuring CoC

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Agenda 2030, Civil 20 meetings in Geneva and Berlin featuring CoC

On October 23 and 24, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be in Geneva to attend a strategy workshop on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting is organized by Social Watch and other allied organizations.

On October 25, he will take part in Berlin (Germany) of the first meeting of the Steering Committee in charge of organizing the Civil 20 – the formal civil society counterpart to the Group of 20—during the 2017 German Presidency of the Group.  The following day he will speak at a workshop organized by the German umbrella organization for development NGOs, VENRO, on Public-Private Partnerships.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Oct 13, 2016

CoC at regional event of Latin American tax administrations

On October 18-19, 2016, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari will be in San Jose, Costa Rica, to speak at the Fifth Regional Meeting on International Taxation. The meeting is convened by the Ministry of Finance of Costa Rica, the Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights (LATINDADD) and the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Network on Tax Justice and with the cosponsorship of the Financial Transparency Coalition.

Tackling tax evasion and avoidance in order to recover trillions of dollars lost in resources for development every year has risen to be one of the top priorities in the agenda for mobilization of financing for development. The meeting will bring together representatives from over fifteen tax authorities from Latin America, experts and civil society organizations to discuss challenges and advance solutions for the implementation of initiatives on the matter such as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Action Plan launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Photo credit: Omar Olivares/ LATINDADD).

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Oct 2, 2016

CoC hosts and speaks at events in occasion of IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings

On October 7-9, 2016, the World Bank and IMF will hold their Annual General Meetings at their headquarters in Washington DC. In the occasion of the meetings, a number of events on infrastructure finance, Public-Private Partnerships, debt and financial regulation in the Group of 20 agenda feature Center of Concern as organizer, speaker and moderator.

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China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?

Center of Concern | Wed, Sep 28, 2016

China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?

In an innovative and promising development from the Leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20), this year's meeting in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September 2016, considered conclusions from a Green Finance Study Group that this year deliberated for the first time. In a new guest article for the International Institute on Sustainable Development, “China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?”, CoC team member Aldo Caliari comments on the significance of the Study Group and its conclusions for making international finance consistent with the requirements of sustainable development.

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Group of 20 Leaders gathering in Hangzhou: Find out what they decided

Group of 20 Hangzhou Summit: What did they decide?

On September 4-5, 2016, Heads of State of the Group of 20 –the premier forum for international economic cooperation for the largest economies of the world -- held their yearly Summit, this year under the Presidency of China, in the city of Hangzhou (China). Meeting amidst rising concerns about the continuing malaise in the global economy, inequality and growing signs of discontent with globalization, the Summit released and endorsed more than 20 initiatives and Action Plans. Issues discussed included the reform of the international monetary system, financial regulation and green finance, structural reform, infrastructure finance, industrialization and the G20’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read Some highlights of the 2016 China-led G20 Summit

Read G20 Hangzhou agreement unlikely to heal global economy’s malaise