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Focus One: Trade and Finance Linkages

Letter to World Bank President regarding World Bank's interference in trade negotiations (September 2004)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Sep 28, 2004

Letter to World Bank President regarding World Bank's interference in trade negotiations (September 2004)

The Center of Concern organized an effort to write to the World Bank President, Mr. James Wolfensohn, to denounce the World Bank's weighin on one side of ongoing WTO trade negotiations. As negotiations to achieve a framework agreement at the WTO were going on, a World Bank official criticized an element of a proposal by the European Union that would have exempted poor countries from having to make substantial tariff cuts. "We do not believe that it is appropriate for an institution like the Bank to formulate an assessment of a country’s trade negotiating offer, as it has happened in this case, no matter its substance." , the organizations said in the letter.

 

Capacity of International Financial Institutions to Support Trade in Low-income Countries (September 2004)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Sep 1, 2004

Capacity of International Financial Institutions to Support Trade in Low-income Countries (September 2004)

This briefing paper , a background paper for the Commonwealth Ministerial Meeting 2004, gives an in-depth discussion of civil society perspectives on the issues involved in the expanding role of international financial institutions in trade- and investment-related activities.
Trade Policies and Development: What Role for the Bretton Woods Institutions? (April 2004)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Apr 13, 2004

Trade Policies and Development: What Role for the Bretton Woods Institutions? (April 2004)

Trade Policies and Development: What Role for the Bretton Woods Institutions?, a panel discussion organized by the International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages and the Heinrich Boell Foundation , featuring civil society organizations, World Bank and IMF representatives.

 

Some Selected Issues in the Coherence Agenda of the WTO and the BWIs (2003)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Sep 8, 2003

Some Selected Issues in the Coherence Agenda of the WTO and the BWIs (2003)

The purpose of this document is to briefly address some of the issues involved in the pursuit of coherence by financial and trade institutions and serve as a resource for NGOs doing advocacy around the WTO Cancun Ministerial. It takes as a point of departure representative of the official ""coherence"" agenda a WTO Secretariat document issued on April 2003 called Coherence in Global Economic Policymaking and Cooperation between the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank (WT/TF/COH/S/7) (hereinafter referred as ""WTO Sec."").
Civil Society Statement on Policy Coherence  (Signed by 40 Networks and NGOs) (April 2003)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Apr 30, 2003

Civil Society Statement on Policy Coherence (Signed by 40 Networks and NGOs) (April 2003)

Civil Society Statement on Policy Coherence (Signed by 40 Networks and NGOs)

ECOSOC Special High-Level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Trade Organization (April 14, 2003)

The UN Financing for Development (FFD) conference produced a consensus among all governments on the need to enhance the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems, to ensure that they support the internationally agreed development goals. These goals include not only those contained in the Millennium Declaration, but also the agreed outcomes of the past decade's UN Conferences on gender, social development, environment, and so forth.

In this statement, 40 civil society organizations and networks articulate their demands on measures that could promote these objective.

 


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Letter to the WTO Working Group on Debt, Trade and Finance Signed by 30 NGOs and Networks

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 24, 2003

Letter to the WTO Working Group on Debt, Trade and Finance Signed by 30 NGOs and Networks

"Thirty NGOs and networks signed a letter to the World Trade Organization Working Group on Trade, Debt, and Finance (WGTDF) requesting that the group address a series of reforms needed to ensure that trade, debt and finance policies work together to support sustainable and equitable development."

Coherence Between Trade and Financial Policies: Summary of Issues and Agenda (September 2002)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Oct 10, 2002

Coherence Between Trade and Financial Policies: Summary of Issues and Agenda (September 2002)

This paper,prepared as a background for a briefing and strategy session on Coherence between trade and finance carried out at the Center of Concern in Washington, DC on September 28, 2002, outlines a number of research and advocacy issues that civil society orgazations dealing with trade and finance should start addressing.

Financing For Development:  Disappointment, Hope, and Many Questions (2002)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jan 13, 2002

Financing For Development: Disappointment, Hope, and Many Questions (2002)

After three years of preparation, the United Nations Financing for Development (FFD) conference will take place in Monterrey, Mexico, from March 18-22, 2002. The Center of Concern has been heavily involved in the conference’s preparatory work over the past year and a half because of this meeting’s potential for promoting worldwide development and economic justice. This article appeared in Center Focus argues that the process has put some important issues on the international development agenda but the Outcome Document to be signed by heads of state attending the Monterrey meeting, leaves much to be desired.

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