Blog: The UN, the Sustainable Insurance Forum, and the City by the Bay

UNEP FI’s Butch Bacani was in San Francisco for the first meeting of the Sustainable Insurance Forum, a new international network of insurance regulators and supervisors which will promote cooperation on critical sustainable insurance challenges such as climate change. In his blog, Butch tells the story of the creation of this new initiative, explains its […]

Launch of Investor Obligations and Duties in Asian Markets Report in South Korea

The Korea Sustainability Investing Forum together with UNEP FI, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), UN Global Compact Korea Network and BNP Paribas, co-hosted the launch of the ‘Investor Obligations and Duties in Six Asian Markets’ report in South Korea. In addition to South Korea, the report looks into the fiduciary duties in China, Hong Kong, […]

Blog from Cop 22 Part II: A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities: Progress and Challenges on the Road from Paris to Marrakech In his second blog on COP 22, the climate conference that took place in Marrakech from 4 -16 November 2016, UNEP FI Climate Change Officer, Remco Fischer asks what was accomplished in Morocco, and summarises UNEP FI’s contribution.  In the […]

Japan Sustainable Building Consortium: The 3​rd​ Symposium on Paris Agreement and ESG in Real Estate Investments

The 3rd Symposium on the Paris Agreement and ESG in Real Estate Investments was hosted by the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC) and jointly-hosted by Japan Sustainable Building Consortium (JSBC), UNEP FI and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Nearly 200 experts who engage in construction, real estate and asset management industries participated […]

Commit to taking positive action on biodiversity: sign the Business and Biodiversity Pledge

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity [CBD], together with the Government of Mexico, is inviting businesses to become a signatory to the Business and Biodiversity Pledge. The Pledge provides an opportunity for business leaders to express the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for businesses, and to state their commitment towards taking positive […]

Blog: News from Climate COP22 Part I

The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown UNEP FI round-up: developments and outcomes from the first week of the 2016 intergovernmental climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22) by Remco Fischer, Climate Change Programme Officer. The good Last year’s climate meeting in Paris, COP 21, has been widely praised as historic for two reasons: it was […]

G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG) 2016 Activity Report

In 2016, G20 nations have adopted a new long-term strategy for energy efficiency, the Energy Efficiency Leading Program, emphasizing the key role of finance. The topic was also highlighted in the Leaders Communiqué and embedded in the Synthesis Report of the G20 Green Finance Study Group. In parallel, through the mobilisation launched by UNEP FI, […]

Contribute to the Natural Capital Protocol’s Finance Sector Supplement

The Natural Capital Finance Alliance is working alongside the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) and the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) to create the first draft of the Finance Sector Supplement (FSS). The FSS will serve as an introduction to natural capital issues and provide a framework for measuring and integrating natural capital […]

News from Global Roundtable 2016: New name for Natural Capital Declaration, and Finance Sector Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol announced

New name for Natural Capital Declaration The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD), the leading global finance-led initiative convened by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced at UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable in Dubai in October that its name is changing to the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA), with […]

Dubai Declaration on Sustainable Finance announced at UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable

Dubai, UAE: 25 October 2016 – UNEP FI’s 2016 Global Roundtable launched on Tuesday 25th October with a major commitment from local financial institutions. During the opening session, the Dubai Declaration on Sustainable Finance was unveiled: eleven UAE-based financial institutions have committed to the Declaration confirming their support for the UAE Vision 2021, and to transforming to […]

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Latest updates from the GRT

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. […]

Promoting sustainable stock exchanges: Dubai Financial Market organises a special bell-ringing ceremony to celebrate Dubai’s hosting of UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable and Annual Meeting

24th October, 2016, Dubai, UAE – Stock exchanges play a crucial role in driving the growing green economy which will be so vital to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Ahead of the UNEP FI Global Roundtable, Dubai Financial Market (DFM) organized a special bell-ringing ceremony underlining DFM’s commitment to promote the sustainability of stock exchanges. […]

Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. becomes first Japanese J-REIT asset manager to join UNEP FI

Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc., a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and UBS, has become the first Japanese J-REIT asset manager to join UNEP FI. With total assets under management of more than 1.2 trillion yen (acquisition-cost-basis), Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc., is one of the largest asset management companies. They manage the largest listed J-REIT,the […]

Global stocktaking: How banks finance energy efficiency?

As part of the Secretariat of the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group and the only representative of the private financial sector there, UNEP FI has been leading a global mobilization on energy efficiency finance since COP 21. Currently close to 120 banks from over 40 countries have endorsed the Statement of Financial Institutions on […]

Event: UN Environment Finance Initiative co-convened roundtable on Natural Capital in Tokyo 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 […]

Costa Rica expresses interest in sustainable finance as a mechanism to strengthen its efforts for sustainable development

On October 11th, UNEP FI, UN-REDD Programme and INCAE met with the National Council of Financial System Supervision (CONASSIF) of Costa Rica to discuss about Sustainable Finance. CONASSIF manages the General Superintendence of Financial Institutions (SUGEF), the Superintendence of Securities (SUGEVAL), the Superintendence of Insurance (SUGESE) and the Superintendence of Pensions (SUPEN). The President of […]

UNEP FI at the “Academy on the Green Economy” organized by ILO and PAGE

3-14 October, 2016 | Turin, Italy The Green Economy Academy is a two-week capacity building event, organised by the Partnership for Action on Green Econony (PAGE), which aims at addressing topics relevant for inclusive green economies. This year’s edition provided an in-depth overview and understanding of latest global agendas, as well as practical tools and […]