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16 October, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
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16 October, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
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13-16 October, 2014
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4-22 May, 2015
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2-20 March, 2015
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9-27 March, 2015
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11–29 May, 2015
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  Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector
1 December, 2014
  Training: Integrating environment, social & governance perspectives in investment decisions
28-29 November, 2014
Mumbai, India
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28 September, 2014
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Launch of Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy - Final Report covering Buildings, Industry and SMEs

27 February, 2015

The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (“EEFIG”) was established as a specialist expert working group by the European Commission and UNEP FI, in late 2013, as a result of the dialogue between Directorate-General for Energy and UNEP FI, as both institutions were engaging with financial institutions to determine how to overcome the well documented challenges inherent to obtaining long-term financing for energy efficiency.
Founders believe that the creation of EEFIG represents the first time such a dialogue and work platform has been established between the Commission and the financial sector on the topic of energy efficiency finance.
To read the report click here.


UNEP FI, in partnership with the PRI, the UN Global Compact and the UNEP Inquiry launches a project to scale up ESG integration as part on investors’ fiduciary duties

18 February, 2015

Fiduciary duties exist to ensure that those who manage other people’s money act in the interests of beneficiaries. Ten years after the original Freshfields and Fiduciary II reports produced by UNEP FI, and despite significant progress, many large investors have yet to make commitments to responsible investment and to consider ESG issues as part of their fiduciary duties. Even among PRI signatories, most investors have yet to fully integrate ESG issues into their investment processes. The report will propose practical actions for institutional investors and policy-makers to address identified and remaining barriers. More information...


Vacancy for Head of Unit for UNEP FI - applications open

18 February, 2015

Following the departure of Charles Anderson as Head for the Secretariat of UNEP FI, work has started immediately to identify a permanent replacement. The vacancy announcement has now been advertised on the UN's job portal, inspira.un.org. After first registering and then accessing the site, you will be directed to the Inspira landing page. In the 'Basic Job Search' box, click on the 'Advanced Search' tab. On the next page, type 40328 in the 'Job Opening ID' line, the second from the top. This will bring up the job description and guide you through the application process.


UNEP FI supports EC efforts for stronger long-term shareholder engagement and corporate governance practices

23 January, 2015

UNEP addresses a letter of support to the European Commission’s proposed revision of the Shareholder Rights Initiative, to encourage long-term shareholders engagement and better corporate governance practices. The topic is particularly relevant for UNEP FI in the context of past work on corporate governance, and the promotion of long-term and sustainable investment. It also comes as a follow-up to UNEP FI contribution to the European Commission’s consultations on the Green Paper on the Long-Term Financing of the European Economy.
Read the letter of support.


At COP 20 in Lima UNEP FI starts demystifying private finance vis-a-vis the international climate process

5 December, 2014

There is now – probably more than ever before – a shared understanding in the international climate process that tackling climate change will not be possible without a major mobilization, or a ‘re-channelling’, of private finance. The central question therefore becomes how scarce public financial means can best be used to unlock mitigation and adaptation investment. Finding answers to this question is what UNEP Finance Initiative’s ‘Demystifying’ series aims to contribute to. It does so by helping to increase policy-makers’ understanding of private finance, and by introducing a generic logic and approach – a sequence of questions – that climate negotiators can follow when debating, and ultimately designing, the public interventions required for the unlocking of private climate finance.
Read Demystifying private climate finance, Executive Summary.


UNEP FI Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector - an online signposting tool for finance practitioners on human rights risks

1 December, 2014

Originally launched in 2007 at UNEP FI Global Roundtable in Melbourne, the Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector is a unique tool that allows financial institutions to assess the human rights risks in their business operations, with a focus on lending, and supply chain.
Taking account of the rapidly evolving global business and human rights agenda, a fully revised version of the tool is now made available to finance practitioners. To access the tool click here.


Join Growing United Nations Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition

10 November, 2014

In September at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, a group of investors made a commitment to not only advance investor transparency on climate change, but to also start tackling greenhouse gas emissions and risks associated with their mainstream portfolios by launching the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC).

The PDC aims to catalyze investor action on climate change. It will highlight and enable investors to understand current best practices on the positioning of portfolios for a low-carbon economy. You can join the PDC now, by following the guidelines provided here.


Training: Integrating environment, social & governance perspectives in investment decisions

6 November, 2014

UNEP FI in partnership with IL&FS and the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) is launching the first session of a quarterly training programme on ESG integration for investors in India.

The two days training will be hosted by the Bombay Stock Exchange, a member of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative (SSE) on November 28-29 in Mumbai. It will aim to equip Indian investors and investment professionals with a methodology and tools to take ESG factors into account in their investment decision making process. More information here.


Stability & Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?

16 October, 2014

Developed in partnership with the Banking Environment Initiative/BEI (an Initiative convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership /CISL) and supported by Bloomberg LP.
This study explores the role that financial – and in particular banking – regulation can play in the transition to a green economy. In particular it analyses whether the Basel Capital Accord (‘Basel III’) adequately addresses systemic environmental risks in the context of its overriding objective of banking stability.
View the Report
View the Executive Briefing


Launch of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges 2014 Report on Progress

14 October, 2014

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges 2014 Report on Progress was launched at the Global Dialogue in Geneva on 14 October. The report containing a review of sustainability initiatives at 55 exchanges found substantial progress, engagement, and a set of emerging best practices among exchanges regarding promotion of sustainability reporting and sustainable business practices more generally. However, it also recognized clear potential for the sector to do more. The report notes that many developments in the policy and regulatory landscape have been supportive of late, and highlights practical measures that policy makers and stock exchanges can take to promote sustainability, even in the face of systemic obstacles to sustainable capital markets. View the press release and the report.


Commitment to decarbonize USD 100 billion of investment

23 September, 2014

A group of leading institutional investors - including two of the largest asset managers, and pension funds in Europe - have joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of USD100 billion of institutional investment worldwide. Institutional investors are owners of large segments of the global economy. Therefore, it is expected that having a critical mass of them decarbonize their portfolios will send a strong and unequivocal signal to carbon-intensive companies that carbon-efficiency is now center-stage. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP said, “Institutional investors often have long-term investment horizons and are diversified across the economy. They have an interest in the long-term stability of the whole system rather than the short-term performance of individual market actors. That is why avoiding disruptive climate change, a truly systemic threat, is of such intrinsic interest to them.”
View the Press Release and the Coalition's flyer.


World's leading institutional investors managing USD 24 trillion call for carbon pricing, ambitious global climate deal

18 September, 2014

Today, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over USD 24 trillion in assets issued a Global Statement calling on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge. The Statement was coordinated by UNEP FI in collaboration with Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Ceres' Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) in the United States, the European Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the Investors Group on Climate Change (IGCC) in Australia and New Zealand and the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC). Achim Steinter, UN Secretary- General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programmed said, "The perception prevails that we need to choose between economic well-being or climate stability. The truth is that we need both. What is needed is an unprecedented re-channeling of investment from today's economy into the low-carbon economy of tomorrow. Investors are owners of large segments of the global economy as well as custodians of citizens' savings around the world. Having such a critical mass of them demand a transition to the low-carbon and green economy is exactly the signal Governments need in order to move to ambitious action quickly."

A report on Financial Institutions Taking Action on Climate Change was also launched. The report highlights examples of action being taken by investors to support a low carbon, climate resilient economy.
View information on the Statement and report at www.investorsonclimatechange.org.



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