UNEP FI and PRI joint Webinar: “Investor views on climate policy: From Cancún to Durban”

Webinar | 22 March 2011, 16:00 GMT

While the Cancún Agreements did not provide long-term certainty or a vastly improved climate policy environment, the negotiations did make progress in key areas and reaffirmed the overall policy commitment on climate change. Following on from the 2010 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change this IIGCC, INCR, IGCC, UNEP FI and PRI webinar brings together key investors from different regions and a UNFCCC representative to consider the progress made in Cancún, and expectations and challenges that remain in the run-up to the next UN climate talks (COP17) in Durban, South Africa in Dec. 2011. Eric Hall of the UNFCCC reports on key developments within the Cancún Agreements, while investors from Europe, the US, and South Africa share their perspectives on the implications for investment. They debate what more is needed at national, regional and international levels for private finance to flow in support of a low carbon economy and explore opportunities for continued dialogue with policymakers prior to COP17.

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Speakers

Eric Hall, Spokesperson, UNFCCC Karin Ireton, Director of Group Sustainability, Standard Bank Hugh Wheelan, Editor and co-founder, Responsible Investor
Hugh has written on investment, corporate and sustainability issues for national newspapers including The Observer and The Financial Times. He won the respected Aon Consulting award for European Pensions and Investment Journalist of the Year in 2006. From 2004 to 2007 he was Paris Correspondent and prior to that Fund Management Editor at Financial News. Prior to that he was Political and Economic advisor to Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International. From 1997 to 2003 he worked at Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE) magazine where he held the position of Deputy Editor, launch Editor of IPE Real Estate and launch Editor of IPE.com. Hugh trained in journalism as a reporter on the Peterborough Herald & Post and worked part time for the Liverpool Echo.
Ole Beier Sørensen, Chief of Research and Strategy, ATP, Chairman, IIGCC
Ole Beier Soerensen heads ATP’s research activities on pension policy and other areas of public policy. He has a Ph.D. degree in Social Geography from the University of Copenhagen and his research covers a broad range of issues related to pension systems, pension reform and pension management. In recent years he has focused particularly on pension reform issues and on non-financial investment risks – among them social responsibility and climate change – and on behalf of ATP he has been a key participant in discussions in the global investor community. Ole Beier Soerensen is chairing the European investor network Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Danish African Guarantee Fund, he is a Board member at the International Centre for Pension Management at the Rotman Business School in Toronto, Canada and he serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Pension Law at the University of Copenhagen.
Bruce Kahn, Director and Senior Investment Analyst, Deutsche Climate Change Investment Research
Bruce joined Deutsche Bank in 2008 with 20 years of experience in environmental research, most recently as it relates to investments. Prior to joining the company, he managed assets for high net-worth and institutional investors at CitiSmith Barney’s Private Wealth Management Group. Previous experience includes investment and market research for IC Value Inc, management consulting and corporate sustainability strategist for Cameron-Cole, LLC and environmental research positions for the University of Wisconsin, Madison, The Ecological Society of America and Auburn University, and service in the US Peace Corps as an agricultural agent and provincial representative.
To register, contact climate@unepfi.org.