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Center of Concern | Tue, Apr 7, 2015

 

Center of Concern continues to be part of the important advocacy efforts to ensure that the sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt in meetings in Addis Ababa (July) and New York (September) will put the interest of those in poverty first, and be equitably and adequately financed.

On April 9 2014, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will moderate the session on global financial and institutional reforms and debt of the Hearings for Civil Society in the lead-up to the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD 3). The following day he will be a resource people at a strategy meeting of the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development.

The week of April 13th he will attend the FFD 3 Drafting session, being held in New York at the UN Headquarters. Also at UN Headquarters, between April 22nd and April 24th, he will be a civil society speaker at an interactive session of negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda dealing with Means of Implementation, negotiations that include financial means.

Mr. Caliari has also been part of the Rapid Response Team drafting a civil society response to the first negotiating text released by the co-facilitators of the Addis Ababa conference.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Apr 25, 2015

Financing for Development: CSOs respond to zero draft (April 2015)

 

On March 17th 2015 the co-facilitators of the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in July of this year, released the initial draft (“zero draft”) for negotiations.

Center of Concern is part of a Rapid Response Group among civil society organizations following the conference which prepared a detailed response with analysis and alternative language proposals.

“The third FfD outcome document should not result in a retrogression from the achievements of the Monterrey Consensus of 2002 and the Doha Declaration for Development of 2008,” the document says, warning that "Any downward movement from the achievements of Monterrey and Doha will not bode well for the expectations that Addis Ababa will help build trust toward an ambitious outcome in the post-2015 development agenda and a climate deal at the COP 21 in Paris.”

Education for Justice | Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Pope Francis Recognizes Oscar Romero as Martyr

The Church has announced the expected beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1980 in the midst of a brutal civil war. There has been great debate over the Archbishop's cause for sainthood over the decades, yet Pope Francis opened the path to canonization by declaring Romero a martyr of the faith. Read more.

Ecology and Development | Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Center's Community of Creative Voices Offers New Resource : "Wisdom of Water"

Dianna Ortiz, OSU, editor of the Center's Community of Creative Voices welcomes Sister Larraine Lauter's educational resource, a testimony of her experiences in Central America as co-founder of Water with Blessings. Sr Larraine's reflection includes guidance on teaching the necessity and joy of clean water to which she refers as "Sister Water." The full story is available through the Center's Education for Justice Project subscription, which provides access to this resource and many social justice interactive tools, prayer, and images. Photo credit: Water With Blessings

 

Global Women's Project | Tue, Jun 24, 2014

How is Technology Interrupting the Business Model of Human Trafficking?

According to the Economist's report on human trafficking, women suffer most severely. The report says, "victims of international trafficking are women forced into some form of prostitution." In Europe and Central and South Asia, women, often previous victims of trafficking, are expected to recruit other women. The BBC reports of USSD technology being applied to camouflage text messages and allow local authorities to locate a phone.