UN Website | UNEP Website | UN Website Locator Site Map Contact Us  
 Events
  UNEP FI AGM to showcase latest policies on sustainable finance
12-14 October, 2015
Paris, France
 
     
  UNEP FI to play significant role at ‘PRI in Person’ conference
8-10 September, 2015
London, UK
 
     
  UNEP FI to share expertise amongst world’s foresters and forest supporters - World Forestry Congress
7-11 September, 2015
Durban, South Africa
 
     
  Webinar: Carbon Asset Risk
26-28 August, 2015
Webinar
 
     
  Webinar: Energy Efficiency in Financing
25 August, 2015
Webinar
 
     
  UNEP FI to make keynote address at Risk Frontiers Southern Africa conference
23 July, 2015
Gabarone, Botswana
 
     
  Redesigning Finance for Sustainable Development
13-16 July, 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 
     
  Complying with your fiduciary duty: A global roadmap for ESG integration - Preliminary findings
9 July, 2015
Webinar
 
     
  UNEP FI leads the way on sustainability issues among Nigeria financial sector
1-2 July, 2015
Abuja, Nigeria
 
     
  » All Events  
 Training
  Corporate Ecoefficiency in Financial Institutions Online Course
4-22 May, 2015
Language: Spanish
 
     
  » All Events  
 Training & Tools
  Environmental & Social Risk Analysis Online Course
11-29 May, 2015
Language: French
1-19 June, 2015
Language: English
8-26 June, 2015
Language: Spanish
 
     
  Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector
1 December, 2014
version
 
     
  Banking Guide

28 September, 2014
version
 
     
  » All Events  

UNEP FI Initiatives

Principles for Sustainable Insurance

Natural Capital Declaration

Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative Link to SSE Website

Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition
Link to PDC Website

UNEP FI Partners

Principles for Responsible Investment Link to PRI Website

UNEP FI emphasises role of risk and insurance communities in sub-Saharan Africa in addressing environmental and social challenges

1 September, 2015

UNEP FI delivered the keynote address at Commercial Risk Africa's Risk Frontiers - Southern Africa Summit in Gaborone, Botswana on 23 July. As the region with the lowest insurance penetration and density, there is a huge opportunity to embed sustainability in Africa whilst the African insurance industry and economy are growing. Engagements that are not limited to South Africa, the biggest African insurance market, are important to ensure an inclusive approach and to promote diversity.
The summit therefore gathered CEOs and experts from Africa and the international risk management and insurance communities, as well as various companies across sectors, to establish how environmental, social, political, financial and legal risks can be better managed, and to develop a professional corporate risk management community at national, regional and pan-African levels.
Read the report of the event.

 

UNEP FI partners with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water to develop online survey on green finance

1 September, 2015

UNEP FI has been working closely with the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to support its plans in the transition to a Green Economy. Financing is a major factor in fulfilling the UAE’s ‘Green Agenda’ and a key element in supporting and facilitating sustainable development. This financing covers a range of projects, businesses, industry, organisations and general events and campaigns.
Within this framework and as a first step to encourage the embedding of green and sustainable finance in the UAE, UNEP FI has worked with MoEW to develop an online questionnaire to map out the current state of green finance in the UAE and ascertain the current funding practices of green projects. The study will conclude by the end of August and will highlight the challenges and expectations of the market. A summary of the outcomes of the survey will be published but without identifying individual institutions or respondents. Any questions will be responded to at greendevelopment@moew.gov.ae or by telephoning 04 214 8512.
Survey part 1
Survey part 2

 

UNEP FI and the World Resources Institute launch framework for financial institutions to manage carbon risks

31 August, 2015

The transition to the low-carbon economy is of vital strategic relevance to financial intermediaries and investors across financial markets, both in terms of opportunities and risks. Whilst an unprecedented increase in private finance is required for investments to underpin the low-carbon economy, the transition also presents significant financial risks. These range from a reduced profitability of investee companies to full loan defaults from the stranding of assets. This UNEPFI / WRI report therefore establishes a framework that offers guidance to a range of financial institutions to systematically address the financial risks linked to carbon-intensive business models and assets. Read the report.

 

UNEP FI promotes Energy Efficiency to G20 leaders

18 August, 2015

UNEP FI is partnering with the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group to promote Energy Efficiency (EE) Finance ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in November 2015. The G20 Energy Efficiency Task Group, has drawn up a ‘G20 Energy Efficiency Investor Statement’ to support the G20 EE Finance Principles to demonstrate to G20 leaders that the investment community is supportive of both EE activities and its financing. Investors are encouraged to sign this statement by the end of September, ahead of the Leaders’ Summit. Read the statement. For further information, please contact Annie Degen at annie.degen@unep.org

 

New Lending and Investment Tool Sets Agricultural Supply Chain on Sustainable Path, Reducing Deforestation Threat

29 July, 2015

A new lending and investment policy tool for financial institutions, unveiled today, aims to reduce the deforestation risk caused by the unsustainable production, trade, processing and retail of soft commodities, especially soy, palm oil and beef.
New research by UNEP FI and the Natural Capital Declaration highlights the critical need to fundamentally strengthen how financial institutions view, address and manage deforestation and degradations risks.
Read the full press release.
Access both the report and the tool.

 

UNEP Applauds Potential of Addis Ababa Action Agenda to Speed Financing for Development

16 July, 2015

Governments agreed Thursday to a series of measures that support the redirection of international financing towards supporting sustainable development.
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda — reached ahead of the SDGs Summit in September and the crucial UN Climate Change talks in Paris, later his year — provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda. It presents an ambitious financing framework that recognizes the need for public and private resource mobilization to meet the sustainable financing challenge.
Read the press release.
Photo: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner speaking at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa

 

UNEP calls for “loud revolution” to complete the transition to a world green economy

15 July, 2015

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has called for a “loud revolution” to mobilise the trillions of dollars needed for the transition to a greener, more sustainable world economy. The call, which came at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, urged individual countries and the international community to take action to introduce new, and expand upon existing, innovations on sustainable development.
Read more.

 

UNEP FI leads the way on sustainability issues among Nigeria financial sector

2 July, 2015

In line with its commitment to embed sustainability across the finance sector worldwide, UNEP FI, in partnership with Nigeria’s Financial Services Regulation Coordination Committee (FSRCC) held awareness raising sessions on sustainable finance for Board members of the 10 member agencies of the FSRCC on 1-2 July, 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria. The objectives of the one-and-a-half day meetings were to brief the participants on the developments around the concept of sustainable finance internationally, examine the relevant developments in the Nigerian financial system and explore ways for promoting sustainable finance in the Nigeria financial industry in line with international best practice.
Read more.

 

 



Videos
  Global Roundtable: Beijing 2013
Featured Publications
  PDF Carbon Asset Risk Framework
(1.5 MB | 67 pages)
 
    
  Guiding FIs to understand, evaluate and manage GHG-related risks  
     
  PDF Climate strategies and metrics
(3.4 MB | 56 pages)
 
    
  Exploring Options for Institutional Investors  
     
  PDF Making changes: a learning journey
(3.8 MB | 22 pages)
 
    
  Climatic challenges, the role of climate information, and what an organizational response can look like  
     
  PDF Complying with your fiduciary duty: a global roadmap for ESG integration
(634 KB | 4 pages)
 
    
  Freshfields: 10 years on  
     
  PDF United for disaster resilience
(28 KB | 1 pages)
 
    
  The insurance industry’s statement in support of disaster risk reduction webpage  
     
  PDF Energy Efficiency – Final Report covering Buildings, Industry and SMEs
(2.3 MB | 133 pages)
 
    
  How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments  
     
  MoreAll Publications