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Focus One: Trade and Finance Linkages

Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in Financing Sustainable Development

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jan 24, 2015

Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in Financing Sustainable Development

 

On January 29, 2015, Center of Concern is proud to cosponsor, as a member of the transatlantic alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE, “Applying Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in a Financing Sustainable Development Context.” This side event is held in the occasion of the First Drafting Session in preparation for the Third Financing for Development Conference, at the UN Headquarters in New York. It is cosponsored with the Permanent mission of Brazil to the United Nations and Social Watch.

Countries have committed to synergy and coherence between the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals whose expected adoption will take place at a Summit in September. A crucial challenge will be applying the principles from the sustainable development sphere such as Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and equity in a financing for sustainable development context. This side event will provide an opportunity for officials and civil society representatives to discuss different approaches to such challenge.

“Strongly flawed” World Bank report slammed by trade unions and campaigners

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Dec 2, 2014

“Strongly flawed” World Bank report slammed by trade unions and campaigners

 

The World Bank recently launched a  new edition of its controversial Doing Business report and rankings. In a press release issued for the occasion, Center of Concern and several organizations regretted that the Bank has only made minor changes and continues to use flawed and controversial indicators as the basis of its rankings.

Read full press release.

Read more on issues regarding the Doing Business Report.

Read criticisms from a workers’ rights and farmers’ rights perspective on the Doing Business indicators.

Can the poor benefit from infrastructure and investment ? RBW events this week (October 2014)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Oct 1, 2014

Can the poor benefit from infrastructure and investment ? RBW events this week (October 2014)

 

In the occasion of the upcoming Annual General Meetings of the World Bank/ IMF, the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project of the Center of Concern will be involved in the following events (All events are to be held at the World Bank I Building, at 1850 I St, N.W. Accreditation to attend World Bank/ IMF meetings is required).

“Doing Business”… as usual? World Bank flagship report needs to change (August 2014)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Aug 28, 2014

“Doing Business”… as usual? World Bank flagship report needs to change (August 2014)

 

A new issue of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report has just come out. It all indicates that the team responsible for the report has decided to ignore the deep reforms recommended last year by an Independent Panel appointed by the World Bank President, Mr. Jim Kim, and amply supported by civil society, trade unions and shareholders.

Center of Concern and several other organizations sent a letter to the President of the World Bank expressing their surprise and disappointment at the lack of implementation of those recommendations in the methodological changes that will be put in place in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the report.

The letter also list priority points that need to be addressed for the Doing Business report to get on the right track.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Apr 13, 2014

RBW to Address UN Meeting on Financing for Development

On April 15, 2014, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will address the Special high-level meeting of ECOSOC with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The meeting, which this year takes place on the days of April 14 and 15, is held every year at the UN Headquarters in New York, and is part of the follow-up to the Financing for Development Conference.  Read the agenda for this meeting. Photo CC/UN ECOSOC/ Jon Gosier 

 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Apr 5, 2014

Investment climate, global economy, external debt: RBW events this week (April 2014)

The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project of the Center of Concern will be involved in the following events in the occasion of the upcoming Spring meetings of the World Bank/ IMF (All events are to be held at the World Bank I Building, at 1850 I St, N.W. Accreditation to attend World Bank/ IMF meetings is required).

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