CoC attends global gathering of economic and social rights advocates

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Nov 14, 2016

CoC attends global gathering of economic and social rights advocates

On November 15th through 19th, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be in Buenos Aires (Argentina) to represent Center of Concern at the Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network. The Assembly will bring together members from all over the world for assessing network activities since the last Assembly (held in 2008) and strategies for the way forward. The day before the Assembly starts he will also participate of a meeting of the Extraterritorial Obligations Consortium being held in the same city.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 2, 2016

CoC team member speaks at IMF infrastructure seminar

What is the state of play on financing infrastructure? What are the challenges where infrastructure needs have not been met? CoC team member Aldo Caliari speaks at “Toward Better Infrastructure in Developing Countries,” a seminar hosted by the International Monetary Fund during its Annual Meetings, held on October 7-9, 2016.

Watch video of the seminar.

Agenda 2030, Civil 20 meetings in Geneva and Berlin featuring CoC

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Agenda 2030, Civil 20 meetings in Geneva and Berlin featuring CoC

On October 23 and 24, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be in Geneva to attend a strategy workshop on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting is organized by Social Watch and other allied organizations.

On October 25, he will take part in Berlin (Germany) of the first meeting of the Steering Committee in charge of organizing the Civil 20 – the formal civil society counterpart to the Group of 20—during the 2017 German Presidency of the Group.  The following day he will speak at a workshop organized by the German umbrella organization for development NGOs, VENRO, on Public-Private Partnerships.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Oct 13, 2016

CoC at regional event of Latin American tax administrations

On October 18-19, 2016, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari will be in San Jose, Costa Rica, to speak at the Fifth Regional Meeting on International Taxation. The meeting is convened by the Ministry of Finance of Costa Rica, the Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights (LATINDADD) and the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Network on Tax Justice and with the cosponsorship of the Financial Transparency Coalition.

Tackling tax evasion and avoidance in order to recover trillions of dollars lost in resources for development every year has risen to be one of the top priorities in the agenda for mobilization of financing for development. The meeting will bring together representatives from over fifteen tax authorities from Latin America, experts and civil society organizations to discuss challenges and advance solutions for the implementation of initiatives on the matter such as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Action Plan launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Photo credit: Omar Olivares/ LATINDADD).

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Oct 2, 2016

CoC hosts and speaks at events in occasion of IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings

On October 7-9, 2016, the World Bank and IMF will hold their Annual General Meetings at their headquarters in Washington DC. In the occasion of the meetings, a number of events on infrastructure finance, Public-Private Partnerships, debt and financial regulation in the Group of 20 agenda feature Center of Concern as organizer, speaker and moderator.

Find out more.

China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?

Center of Concern | Wed, Sep 28, 2016

China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?

In an innovative and promising development from the Leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20), this year's meeting in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September 2016, considered conclusions from a Green Finance Study Group that this year deliberated for the first time. In a new guest article for the International Institute on Sustainable Development, “China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?”, CoC team member Aldo Caliari comments on the significance of the Study Group and its conclusions for making international finance consistent with the requirements of sustainable development.

Read full article.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Group of 20 Leaders gathering in Hangzhou: Find out what they decided

Group of 20 Hangzhou Summit: What did they decide?

On September 4-5, 2016, Heads of State of the Group of 20 –the premier forum for international economic cooperation for the largest economies of the world -- held their yearly Summit, this year under the Presidency of China, in the city of Hangzhou (China). Meeting amidst rising concerns about the continuing malaise in the global economy, inequality and growing signs of discontent with globalization, the Summit released and endorsed more than 20 initiatives and Action Plans. Issues discussed included the reform of the international monetary system, financial regulation and green finance, structural reform, infrastructure finance, industrialization and the G20’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read Some highlights of the 2016 China-led G20 Summit

Read G20 Hangzhou agreement unlikely to heal global economy’s malaise

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Sep 10, 2016

CoC speaks at International Tax Justice Academy

On September 12th through 16th, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will attend the International Tax Justice Academy, held in Nairobi (Kenya). This Pan-African initiative aims to bridge an existing knowledge gap on tax justice in Africa and empower CSOs and other related organizations to effectively engage in policy advocacy on taxation as it relates to Africa’s economic development. Caliari will be facilitating and speaking at sessions on tax policy and human rights and on tackling illicit financial flows. 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Civil society report assesses sustainable development agenda implementation

Independent monitoring and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its structural obstacles and challenges are key factors for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals. What are currently the main obstacles to achieving the said goals? Are there transnational spillover effects that influence or even undermine the implementation of the goals? Are the current policy approaches an adequate response to the challenges and? What has to be done? Which specific policy changes (at international level) are necessary?

The Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, together with other civil society organizations and networks, has produced the first annual Spotlight Report assessing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the structural obstacles in its realization. Click here to download the full report, and click here for single chapters, and to find national coalition reports.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Aug 8, 2016

Are you invested in palm oil exploitation?

Palm oil’s rise in the last two decades has relied to a great degree on externalizing the real costs of production. Millions of hectares of rainforests and peatlands have been destroyed for plantations in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Multitudes of indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers and others had their customary lands and livelihoods subsumed into the palm oil plantation sector.

Who finances such exploitation and what can be done to stop it? A blog appeared on, highlights findings from a Friends of Earth's report that financing for palm oil production comes from a wide spectrum of global commercial banks and a broad swatch of equity investors from Asia, Europe, and the U.S., and the report's recommended approach based on four pillars of responsibility for investors. (Photo credit: Jason Taylor/FoE International).