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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Mandela Provides Lasting Inspiration to Tackle the Toughest Issues

The Center's Rethinking Bretton Woods Project takes on arguably the most powerful and well-organized lobby of the world — the financial industry — to defend the interests of those who are poor and marginalized. In a task that often can seem hopeless, Mandela’s statement: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” will forever continue to be a voice of inspiration. A reminder that there is no more powerful force than the human will when it sets out to achieve something aligned with principles of justice.

Inequality should be at the heart of new global development agenda (March 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Mar 30, 2013

Inequality should be at the heart of new global development agenda (March 2013)

Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Director Aldo Caliari was among a group of economists, academics, and development experts signing on an appeal to the Bali meeting of a High Level Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General to develop ideas for the development framework that should replace the Millennium Development goals come 2015. The appeal calls for inequality to be placed at the heart of any potential post-2015 framework.

 

This focus on inequality is needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. As of right now, the appeal states, the incomes of the top 1.75% exceeds the incomes of the bottom 77%. Inequality is a barrier to individual development and sustained economic growth. One of the document’s suggestions is to use Palma’s ratio as an inequality target, which argues that the top 10% of a society’s incomes should not be more than the 40% at the bottom of that society.

Center of Concern Speaks on Human Rights Responsibilities of the Financial Sector

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Dec 2, 2012

Center of Concern Speaks on Human Rights Responsibilities of the Financial Sector

Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari represented the Center of Concern at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva on December 4 and 5 2012. On the 5th, he was a panelist at a session of the Forum addressing the theme “The finance sector and the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”

Download full programme of the Forum.

Webcast of panel presentations (Caliari's presentation begins at 03:28)

More information on the Forum.

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