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RightingFinance makes proposals to prevent bank-driven food speculation

Recently, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) called for comments on a new rule to establish position limits on commodity derivatives contracts. Position limits are one of the strongest tools regulators can use to prevent price and supply manipulation by a few traders, and prevent price distortion that resulted in the excessive speculation by financial … Continue reading »

RightingFinance submits letter on financing issues in Secretary General’s upcoming Synthesis Report

In a letter submitted to the UN Secretary General, RightingFinance addressed a number of requests in regards to financing aspects of the upcoming Synthesis Report that the Secretary General’s office is preparing as input for the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit. The letter makes reference to the human rights audit that RightingFinance … Continue reading »

RightingFinance issues human rights audit of Committee on Financing Sustainable Development’s report

RightingFinance has released a human rights audit of the report by the UN Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing. In their assessment, members of the Initiative said that the centrality of human rights and equality should not only permeate the new development goals agreed in 2015, but also the full range of means … Continue reading »

RightingFinance delivers statement on Partnerships for Financing Sustainable Development

On April 3-4 2014 the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Financing Sustainable Development holds a consultation on the theme “Co-Creating New Partnerships for Financing Sustainable Development,” in the city of Helsinki, Finland. This committee was established by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development called for the establishment of an intergovernmental … Continue reading »

Recovery with rights: Towards an economy that cares – Issue No. 6

The global financial crisis led to greater job loss and poverty among women than men while rising food prices and responsibility for social reproduction take excessive tolls on the livelihoods of women. Issue No. 6 of a series of primers prepared by the “A bottom up approach to righting financial regulation initiative” argues that financial … Continue reading »

Sustainability and Non-retrogression in the right to water- Submission for Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Drinking Water and Sanitation

Rightingfinance contributed a submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Drinking Water and Sanitation’s 2013 Annual Report. This report will address, as announced by the Special Rapporteur, “sustainability and non-retrogression in the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation.” “Respect for human rights, human dignity, the environment and livelihoods of peoples … Continue reading »

Financial regulation, human rights and sustainability – Issue No. 5

In 1992 governments pledged to pursue sustainable development, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Today, the continuity of climate-related disasters, growing food insecurity, sky-rocketing unemployment and lack of decent work and gaps in care provision are only some of the most … Continue reading »

The Group of 20, Financial Regulation and Human Rights – Issue No. 4

The Group of 20 (G20) The Group of 20 was created as part of the policy responses to the East Asian financial crisis. It was created in 1998 with the objective to “broaden the dialogue on key economic and financial policy issues among systemically significant economies and promote cooperation to achieve stable and sustainable world … Continue reading »

Financial Transaction Tax: A Human Rights Imperative – Issue No. 3

The global financial and economic crisis has laid bare the myth that giving free rein to the market will automatically promote stable economic growth and the realization of continuous improving living standards for all. It has shown the global consequences of failing financial regulatory measures1 and growing income inequality2—both widely cited as significant structural root … Continue reading »

Central Banks: Do They Have Human Rights Obligations? – Issue No. 2

What are central banks? Central banks issue currency, influence the money supply, regulate banks and, through their monetary policy decisions, affect key prices in the economy, such as interest rates and exchange rates. Central banks also operate as “lenders of last resort”, providing credit in times of crisis. Although central banks are generally statutory institutions … Continue reading »

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