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Center of Concern | Sun, May 10, 2015


As the US government continues to carry out consultations to shape its National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, RightingFinance, Friends of the Earth and Global Witness submitted a joint input calling for measures to improve human rights accountability of financial firms.

The submission calls for disclosure and risk prevention for investments in land and infrastructure, a review of investment treaty clause that allow companies to sue governments attempting to implement human rights obligations and measures to prevent companies’ tax evasion.

RightingFinance is a consortium of human rights and gender organizations that Center of Concern coordinates. The input was delivered at a consultation held by International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and others to communicate views of different interested parties to the US Administration. (Photo credit: Juliette Martin-Prével)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, May 21, 2015

Human rights aspirations for financing conference set


The co-facilitators of the upcoming Third Conference on Financing for Development (to be held in July) released a new draft outcome. Center of Concern adds its voice to the organizations suggesting how to improve the text so outcomes of the conference are aligned with human rights.

Read suggestions by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  

Read suggestions jointly developed by civil society working on Financing for Development.

Read some recent RightingFinance blogs on these issues:

Finance and development summit should be opportunity for economic justice, not  corporate profits

Addis Ababa financing conference: Will the means undermine the goals?

Will the new development agenda strike the right public-private balance?

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.