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25-27 October, 2016
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20 April, 2016
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  Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century: UK roadmap
4 April, 2016
London, UK
 
     
  China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) 2016 Roundtable on Promoting Green Finance and Supporting Local Development
29 March, 2016
Shanghai, China
 
     
  3rd Geneva Summit: The Role of Finance in Promoting Sustainable Development
22 March, 2016
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Finance sector to address key sustainability opportunities at UNEP FI Global Roundtable

25 October, 2016

The new 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement have made it more clear than ever that the finance sector now has a vital role to play in driving sustainable development. This increasing role opens doors to new opportunities for finance institutions, governments and other sustainability players in business and in catalyzing change. The UNEP FI 2016 Global Roundtable (GRT) and Annual General Meeting, to be held in Dubai between 25 – 27 October, will be the ideal opportunity for the finance sector to answer some of the most pressing questions facing the finance world today. Both events are to be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE with the support of the Central Bank of the UAE.
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UNEP FI and Global Investor Groups Urge World Leaders to Sign and Accede to the Paris Climate Agreement Rapidly

20 April, 2016

48 hours before more than 130 world leaders are expected to travel to New York to sign the Paris Agreement, organisations that collectively represent more than 400 institutional investors with USD 24 trillion of assets under management have called on world leaders to not only sign but accede to the Paris Agreement and implement it into national law as a matter of urgency.
Download a copy of the letter.

 

Workshop in China: Enhancing Financial Flows for Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector

20 April, 2016

Under the Chinese presidency and in the context of its work in the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group Secretariat, UNEP FI organized a workshop on Enhancing Financial Flows for Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector in China, with the support of SWITCH-Asia.
Held on April 15th back to back to the G20 meeting on energy and sustainability, this workshop gathered around 60 participants and allowed for an exchange of experience, best practices and innovative financing solutions between Chinese banks, international development banks, Chinese policy makers and experts.
As part of the workshop, Chinese banks were invited to join the first global mobilization of the financial sector on energy efficiency presented at the Paris Climate Conference by endorsing the Statement by Financial Institutions on Energy Efficiency.

 

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) 2016 Roundtable on Promoting Green Finance and Supporting Local Development

29 March, 2016

CCICED organized a roundtable on Green Finance and Local Government Development at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) in Shanghai, China on 29 March 2016. The event brought together over 100 participants from China’s central and local governments, financial institutions, academia, and international organizations.
Among the prominent speakers, the Vice-Minister of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and CCICED Secretary General, Mr. Li Ganjie, spoke about China’s 13th Five-Year-Plan and its implications for China’s sustainability agenda. Dr. Jun Ma, the Chief Economist of the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China, recommended policies to advance green finance in China, based off CELAP’s green finance research.
UNEP FI was represented by its country coordinator for South Korea, Mr. Dae-Woong Lim. He presented on trends in the green finance sector globally and shared UNEP FI’s work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
For more info on the event, please visit its website.

 

New UN report demonstrates renewables now dominate investment flows into new power generation

24 March, 2016

Coal and gas-fired electricity generation last year drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity -- one of several important firsts for green energy announced today in a UNEP-partnered report. Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016, the 10th edition of UNEP's annual report, launched today by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), says the annual global investment in new renewables capacity, at $266 billion, was more than double the estimated $130 billion invested in coal and gas power stations in 2015. And for the first time, the majority of investment is being made in developing countries.
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UNEP FI to Highlight Sustainable Finance at UNEA 2

24 March, 2016

As part of the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 2), UNEP FI will co-host a symposium on Mobilizing Resources for Sustainable Investment. This symposium, scheduled to take place on Wednesday May 25th, will showcase that the financial system both globally and nationally is at an exciting nexus for playing an active role in sustainable development and in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The first part of the symposium focuses on the efforts made so far in aligning the financial system towards sustainable development. The second part is designed to showcase initiatives by financial institutions to demonstrate the huge potential to work with the finance industry in mobilizing private financing for the SDGs. Speakers will include representatives from finance institutions, central banks, ministries of environment, stock exchanges, and industry associations.
Further details in the Symposium programme

 

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century: UNEP FI announces a three year programme with PRI and The Generation Foundation to integrate sustainability into investors' fiduciary duties

22 February, 2016

The project will engage asset owners, asset managers and policy makers across national and international jurisdictions to harmonise a global understanding of fiduciary duty which incorporates sustainability. The project will focus on three primary objectives:

  • To encourage governments and regulatory agencies in the eight jurisdictions covered in the 2015 report (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Africa, the UK and US) to clarify the scope of fiduciary duty such that investors must take explicit account of environmental, social and governance issues in their investment practices and proactively engage with companies on these issues
  • To extend the original report’s analysis to key Asian markets: China (including Hong Kong), India, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea
  • To develop an international statement on fiduciary duty and sustainable development which would create a cohort of signatories committed to integrating sustainability into their fiduciary duties

More details about the project
More details about the Asia focus
Press release

 

UNEP FI makes series of key recommendations to FSB’s Climate Disclosures Task Force

11 February, 2016

UNEP FI has presented a series of key recommendations to the International Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, recently established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to enhance climate disclosure practice in line with the requirements of financial actors.
Informed by its extensive track record with the financial sector and its expertise on disclosure-related issues, UNEP FI’s key points to the Task Force were:

  • Not only corporate but finance sector disclosure should be included in the scope of its work;
  • There should be distinguished approaches between real economy corporates, investors and other financial institutions;
  • Not only climate risk disclosure should be considered, (“managing the brown”) but also climate performance disclosure (“scaling up the green”), and the latter included in its scope of work
  • To highlight the importance of integrated reporting by engaging the financial accounting and audit community

The TCFD is currently mapping the disclosure landscape by compiling a scoping report to prioritise issues for a full report.
Read UNEP FI’s presentation.

 

UNEP FI and partners publish new action framework on sustainable real estate

8 February, 2016

Set in the context of both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate talks at the end of 2015, UNEP FI and partners have today published a new practical guide for real estate investors and their professional advisors to address climate risk and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from property portfolios. The guide sets out the measures to improve returns and better protect the future value of real estate investments through engagement with climate agendas and environmental, social and governance issues.
More details
Press release

 

 



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