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Focus One: Trade and Finance Linkages

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Infrastructure finance: Can democracy prevail in the global policy debate?

Developing and upgrading high quality, sustainable and resilient infrastructure is at the center of one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which the international community is expected to adopt at a UN-convened Summit in September. Infrastructure is also seen as a sort of cross-cutting issue, since goals that deal with health, education, jobs and agriculture, to name a few, will hardly be achieved without being able to meet the attendant infrastructure requirements.

But the debate of a proposed infrastructure initiative within the United Nations proves to be a revealing case study of how the Group of 20, an informal entity with restricted membership, has been able to influence and pre-empt outcomes in a formal, universal membership institution such as the UN. 

In an article appeared in the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s newsletter G20 Update (Issue # 23, page 14), RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari tells how this is happening in the debate occurring in the context of negotiating the outcome document of the UN Financing for Development Conference which will take place in Addis Ababa in July 2015. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/Rod with additional graphic work: Heinrich Boell Foundation)

 

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).

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Does the World Bank really want to address land and poverty issues?

 

In a press release, Center of Concern joins smallholder farmers and peasant organizations from around the world in the Our Land Our Business campaign’s challenge to the Land & Poverty conference being held at the World Bank this week. Photo credit: Ms. Nobahar Wassan, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research.

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 16, 2015

Civil society denounces World Bank's conference on land and poverty

 

Center of Concern joins smallholder farmers and peasant organizations from around the world in the Our Land Our Business campaign’s challenge to the Land & Poverty conference being held at the World Bank this week. Photo credit: Ms. Nobahar Wassan, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research.

 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Feb 16, 2015

RBW speaking at Irish officials roundtable

 

On February 19 2015, in Dublin, CoC team member Aldo Caliari speaks at a roundtable co-organized by CIDSE, Trocaire, and the Debt and Development Coalition of Ireland on “UN Financing for Development Negotiations: What a Successful Outcome at Addis Ababa Would Look Like?”

The presentation is part of Center of Concern’s activities advocating for adequate financing means of implementation for the new development agenda governments are expected to adopt at a Summit convened by the United Nations in September of this year. Ireland is one of the two co-facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiations leading towards such Summit.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Feb 9, 2015

It’s 2015 and the clock is ticking…

 

Center of Concern remains committed to advocacy to promote that the new development agenda that will emerge at the United Nations in September 2015 be financed by sufficient, progressively raised and spent and accountable means of financing.

On February 10 2015, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project Director Aldo Caliari speaks at an event held by UNCTAD at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Means of Implementation for the post-2015 development agenda.

On February 3-5 he delivered a statement at the first meeting of the UN committee tasked with defining a multilateral framework for sovereign debt restructuring. The costs of unsustainable debts and of debt crises continue to be a key obstacle in development efforts.

On January 27-29, he participated of the first Drafting Session in the lead up to the Third Financing for Development Summit where, among other things, governments are expected to review progress and chart the way forward for all financing sources needed to achieve the new development goals. [Read information on a side-event held during this drafting session]

COC joins demand to phase out harmful agriculture business indicators

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Feb 3, 2015

COC joins demand to phase out harmful agriculture business indicators

 

Center of Concern joined a letter by eleven US organizations requesting action from the US representative at the World Bank in support of more than 260 civil society organizations, trade unions, and farmers groups from around the world that demand an end to Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture indicators.

The said indicators threaten to apply in the rural sector the unfortunate model of the Doing Business Indicators, whose harm on human and worker rights, government revenue and public interest regulations have been the matter of broad agreement and documented by studies, including an Independent Panel set up by the very President of the World Bank in 2013. Photo credit: Juliette Martin-Prével.

 

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Groups demand the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank to Act to Phase Out Business Indicators

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Groups demand the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank to Act to Phase Out Business Indicators

 

Center of Concern joined a letter to request action from the US representative at the World Bank in support of more than 260 civil society organizations, trade unions, and farmers groups from around the world demanding an end to use of the Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture indicators.

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