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CoC hosts seminar on public-private finance mechanisms for Executive Directors of World Bank and IMF

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 2, 2015

CoC hosts seminar on public-private finance mechanisms for Executive Directors of World Bank and IMF

 

On March 6, 2015, at the International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington DC, Center of Concern and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung -New York will hold the fourth within a series of seminars for Executive Directors of the Bretton Woods Institutions on key issues in financing a new generation of development goals. This seminar will focus on the theme “Public Private Finance Mechanisms: Ensuring Accountability.”

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Feb 23, 2015

RBW discusses sovereign debt restructuring, balance of power issues

 

On February 23 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari attends the fifth meeting of UNCTAD’s Working Group on Sovereign Debt Workouts, of which he is a member. The meeting is held at the UN headquarters in Geneva and comes at a critical juncture as parallel negotiations in the UN attempt to develop a multilateral system to prevent the predatory action of creditors during sovereign debt crises.

On February 26, in Berlin, he will deliver a presentation at the 2015 (civil society organizations) Policy Directors’ Meeting held by the Berlin -based International Civil Society Centre. The theme of this years’ meeting is External trends affecting ICSO’s advocacy strategies and Caliari’s presentation will discuss “Shifts in the balance of power.”

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.

It’s 2015 and the clock is ticking…

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.

Read press release.

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.

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