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3 November, 2016
Santiago, Chile
 
     
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25-27 October, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 
     
  Sustainable Investment Forum
20 September, 2016
New York, NY, USA
 
     
  German launch of the Sustainable Real Estate Investment Report
14 September, 2016
Munich, Germany
 
     
  Lunch Discussion, Sustainable Real Estate Investment
7 September, 2016
Singapore
 
     
  Roundtable: 'Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century: Focus on Asia'
12-29 July, 2016
Mumbai, Shanghai, Hong Kong
 
     
  Workshop in China: Enhancing Financial Flows for Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector
20 April, 2016
Shenzhen, China
 
     
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24 October, 2016 -11 November, 2016
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4 November, 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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Event: UN Environment Finance Initiative co-convened roundtable on Natural Capital in Tokyo September 2016

22 September, 2016

Over fifty participants from the financial sector, as well as representatives from government, industry, consulting, research institutes, and non-profits discussed ESG integration in Japan at an event held at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank’s headquarters in Tokyo on 16th September.

The event was co-convened by UN Environment Finance Initiative and Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century (PFA21), the Japanese financial institutions' initiative supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan as the Secretariat. On the agenda were natural capital-related risks and opportunities relating to the environmental aspect of ESG strategies. Panels from Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd, Response Ability, MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc. discussed emerging supply chain risks for Japanese industry, opportunities for regional revitalisation such as strengthening resilience with green infrastructure and its financing, as well as the need for natural capital valuation.

New signatory: MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc. joined the Natural Capital Declaration in July. They are the first signatory from the Japanese insurance sector since Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc. signed in 2012. Read more on the Natural Capital Declaration website.

 

Argentina and Chile express a great interest on sustainable finance as a mechanism to strengthen their efforts for sustainable development

7 September, 2016

Argentina and Chile expressed interest in knowing how to adopt and promote sustainable finance. Interest in the topic arises in a mission undertaken at the end of July by the UNEP New York Office Director, Elliott Harris and the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Leo Heileman, who exchanged ideas on promoting sustainable finance in both countries. UNEP directors met with a broad representation of government and the banking and financial sector of the country, such as the Ministries of Environment; the Ministries of Finance; Central Banks; Banking Associations; Superintendences; the Stock Exchanges; and some financial institutions such as Banco Estado de Chile and Banco de la Nación Argentina.

During his visit, Harris stressed the "strategic role of the financial sector to encourage beneficial investments for sustainable development" and the importance of the fact that more and more countries adopt national strategies for sustainable finance. Meanwhile Mr. Heileman, said that "Argentina and Chile are among the major economies of the region, with developed productive sectors and developed financial systems, so it is important to promote sustainable finance in both countries." For this reason UNEP FI with the support of the Development Bank of Latin America - CAF, is organizing the event Promoting sustainable finance in the Southern Cone to be held in Santiago de Chile on November 3rd, 2016.

In both countries, UNEP FI with the support of CAF, is conducting a detailed survey of existing environmental practices and policies within the Chilean and Argentinean banking sectors respectively.

 

Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis

6 September, 2016


UNEP FI/Ecobanking are organizing an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk Analysis training workshop, in collaboration with CAF – Latin American Development Bank. This training session will take place on the 4th of November in Santiago de Chile. We are convening this workshop with the aim of sensitizing bankers, risk & credit managers and other relevant parties across the financial sector, on the importance, effective techniques and consequential benefits of incorporating environmental and social considerations into their investment and risk management decision-making.
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Investor Obligations and Duties in Six Asian Markets

6 September, 2016

UNEP FI, PRI and The Generation Foundation launch the report Investor Obligations and Duties in Six Asian Markets. Based on over 50 interviews with policy makers, investors and stakeholders, the report analyses investment practice and investor obligations and duties in six Asian markets: China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. Despite growing awareness of responsible investment, many investors have yet to fully integrate ESG factors into their investment decision-making processes. The report aims to bridge the needs of policy makers and investors to support the integration of ESG factors in the six markets.
Find the report here
More information about the Fiduciary Duty project

 

United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Global Dialogue

5 September, 2016

The United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative hosted its fifth Global Dialogue in Singapore, which brought together stock exchange CEOs, institutional investors and companies along with Singapore’s Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, H.E. Masagos Zulkifli. During the event, the SSE released its 2016 Report on Progress. With 59 exchanges partnering with the SSE initiative, over 70% of listed equity markets have made a public commitment to advancing sustainability in their market. Other key figures include that 12 stock exchanges require ESG reporting as a listing rule, and 11 list green bonds.
More information 2016 SSE Global Dialogue
2016 SSE Report on Progress

 

Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis

19 August, 2016


UNEP FI/Ecobanking conducted an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk Analysis training workshop, in collaboration with the Sustainable Finance Table of Paraguay (“Mesa de Finanzas Sostenibles de Paraguay”) . This training session took place on the 2nd of September in Asuncion.
We convened this workshop with the aim of sensitizing bankers, risk & credit managers and other relevant parties across the financial sector, on the importance, effective techniques and consequential benefits of incorporating environmental and social considerations into their investment and risk management decision-making. The workshop focused mainly on the cattle sector.
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Five Chinese banks endorse the Energy Efficiency Finance Statement under the Chinese G20 Presidency

19 August, 2016

Facing acute environmental challenges, China has made the greening of its economy a priority and has embraced sustainable finance with a remarkable leap in the green bond market in 2016. Energy efficiency is recognized a key measure to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas and other pollutants. In 2015, financial authorities issued credit guidelines to stimulate banks’ financing of energy efficiency. Under China’s G20 Presidency, G20 nations have adopted a new long term strategy to catalyze energy efficiency and its financing. In this context, five Chinese banks (Industrial Bank, ICBC, Bank of Jiangsu, Agricultural Development Bank of China and Huaxia Bank) have joined the global mobilization of over 115 banks led by UNEP FI and EBRD and promoted by the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group. This unique initiative was presented to G20 delegates in Beijing in June 2016, sending a strong message to policy makers on the readiness of the banking sector to scale-up energy efficiency financing and the need for supportive and investment-enabling policies.

 

Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) online course: Impact survey results

15 August, 2016


The ESRA Online Course has been held in English, French and Spanish since its inception in 2006. UNEP FI and its programme partners INCAE Business School, Ecobanking Project and GIZ wished to evaluate the impact and influence of the ESRA Online Courses in the financial activities of the former participating institutions who had taken the course six months or more since they participated in the ESRA Course. To measure this impact and influence, the partners created a survey that could be completed online. Please see the results.

 

Launch: Global Statement on Investor obligations and duties

29 June, 2016

UNEP FI and its partners PRI and The Generation Foundation launched the Statement as a way to address many of the misconceptions that still exist around investor duties and obligations. It points to weaknesses in international and national policy frameworks as a barrier for investors to take account of ESG issues in their investment processes, in their dialogue with companies, and in their engagement with policymakers.
“Meeting Paris agreement’s goals will require the full mobilization of all stakeholders, including financial sector actors. I fully support PRI and UNEP FIs efforts to make financial flows consistent with the needed limitation of greenhouse emissions and the financing of climate resilient development” - Mr. Michel Sapin, Minister of Finance, France.
Investors are invited to sign the Statement.
More information www.fiduciaryduty21.org
Press Release
The Statement

 

PDC to award research prize on aligning investment portfolios with a low carbon economy

21 June, 2016

Investors and financial regulators are increasingly aware of the risks associated with a changing climate. In a recent speech to the insurance industry, the Governor of the Bank of England warned of huge losses faced by investors exposed to these risks. These risks are twofold. Firstly, there are those posed by climate change itself, through the destruction of infrastructure assets due to extreme weather, for example. Secondly, the risks and opportunities posed by the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy, if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. What are the implications for investors if such risks remain largely unexplored?
Against this background, the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) is supporting research projects with potential applications in the field of investment management with a grant of € 12.500 and full access to Trucost’s database. The PDC represents investors worth $3.2 trillion in assets under management (AUM) and oversees the decarbonization of $600bn AUMs. It is the only investor network focused on portfolio design and portfolio level action to adapt to a changing climate.
For more information, visit unepfi.org/pdc/pdc-to-award-research-prize-for-projects-addressing-carbon-risks-at-portfolio-level/

 

 



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