Regional Roundtable in Africa and Middle East

Johannesburg, South Africa
November 2017


UNEP FI is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practice. 2017 marks UNEP FI’s 25th anniversary, and in this landmark year, our first ever Regional Roundtables will be the focus of our celebrations.

Please browse the tentative agenda, logistics information, opportunities to partner with UNEP FI at this event through sponsorship, as well as registration details.

We are looking forward to celebrating 25 years of sustainable finance!

Please note that some of the sessions and activities at the Roundtable are not open to all participants.

UNEP FI members are welcome to join all events throughout the three days, although some training / workshops may have limited space. More information will be published soon.

Tentative Agenda

8:00 - 8:30Registration and coffee
8:30 - 8:40Welcome
UNEP Representative
• Setting out the context for the Regional
Roundtable and looking at the connection
between public-private collaborative partnerships
and the financial sector’s role in
contributing to the Paris Agreement on
Climate Change and UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
8:40 - 9:00Opening Keynote
Presenter to be confirmed
• Scaling up sustainable finance to tackle
priorities in Africa such as governance,
green industrial development, SMEs & job
creation, social inclusion, resilience, pollution, access
to energy/energy efficiency and
energy- water-food connections.
9:00 - 12:30Regional Launch of The Positive Impact Initiative
and Principles for Positive Impact Finance

UNEP FI Moderator
Presenters to be confirmed

1) The Positive Impact Initiative and Principles for Positive Impact Finance:
• Presentation:
• Q&A from the audience

2) Positive Impact: A new financing paradigm to achieve the SDGs in Africa
• Scene-setting speech:
• Panel discussion:
• Q&A from the audience

3) Presentation of pan African initiative
• Presentation
• Q&A from the audience

Session leader: Careen Abb, Programme Lead, Positive Impact Finance, UNEP FI
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 14:20Keynote: Insurance Development Goals
and Sustainable Underwriting Guidelines

Presenter to be confirmed
14:20 - 15:30Fintech, InsureTech and Sustainable Development
• Best practice examples of inclusive/green finance
and insurance using technological innovation in
Africa & Middle East.
15:30 - 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30Parallel Sessions
Technical Session I: Risks and Resilience- BANKING focus
Session lead: Simone Dettling, Banking, UNEP FI

Session focuses on advances in integrating environmental
risks in the banking sector. Potential scope:
a) Climate related monitoring, disclosure and
policies: UNEP FI Task-force for Climate-Related
Financial Disclosures (TCFD) project.
b) Drought Risk Stress-Testing and Responses
Technical Session II: Risks and Resilience- INSURANCE focus
Session lead: UNEP FI PSI
Session focuses on both the risks and advances in integrating
resilience in insurance. Potential scope:
a) V20 Sustainable Insurance Facility
b) Climate Risk Insurance
c) City Innovation Platform for African Infrastructure Risk & Resilience
d) Disaster Risk Reduction.
e) Strategic approaches to Social Inclusion and access to insurance in Africa and Middle East.
17:30 - 18:00Wrap Up
18:30 - 22:0025th Anniversary Celebration Reception
Presenter to be confirmed

Recognizing the growth of the sustainable finance agenda since
UNEP FI’s launch in 1992 and the role of members in providing leadership.
8:30Registration opens
8:30 - 9:00Lighting Round: transformative stories of members' journey through sustainability
9:00 - 9:20Keynote: Financial Stability, environmental risks and capital
9:20 - 10:30High-level Dialogue: Policy and Market Innovations to
integrating Environmental, Social and Governance
Issues in Banking, Insurance and Investment
Lead by UNEP FI

Discussion with regulators and financial actors on policy
frameworks and public-private sector collaboration to
integrate ESG into finance and catalyse sustainable
financing. What do the multiple stakeholders need
and from whom?
Potential scope:
• Enabling policies for integration in the banking,
insurance and investment sector.
• Pros and cons of incentivising/prioritizing specific
sectors or policy objectives.
• Aligning the financing needs of public policy
objectives and strategies of financial institutions.
• Voluntary initiatives: Green Financial Centers,
National Roadmaps, National Sustainable Finance
• Drivers of sustainable investment and green bonds
market development in Africa.
• Inclusive Green Finance-SME’s and job creation
10:30 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:30Panel session: Mobilizing finance for national
climate strategies. Emergence of Financing
Facilities: what are the opportunities?

Session leader: Remco Fischer, Climate Change, UNEP FI

Session will give members updates on the recently
concluded COP 23 in Bonn and highlight the implications
on private finance sector, scope could also include
accessing Green Climate Fund and linking to
Nationally Determined Contributions.
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 15:00Breakout/parallel sessions (for UNEP FI members)
Guide to Banking and Sustainability: latest
Responsible Investment in Africa: Fiduciary duty
South Africa road-map/capacity building on
ESG for trustees in the region
Health, pollution and insurance
15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30Market Leadership in Sustainable Finance
Moderator: Eric Usher, Head of UNEP FI

Panel session to provide a high-level overview of the
status of sustainable finance globally and in the region,
acknowledging good practices by market leaders and
lessons learned. Highlight the transition to sustainable
financial institutions to align financial markets with
the SDGs in an African context.

Potential scope:
• UNEP FI: 25 years of changing finance, financing
change (launch of State of Sustainable Finance
dashboard, summary of trends over the years,
good practices by members).
• Reflection of green & inclusive growth in regional
strategies policies and roadmaps (also includes
developments regulatory innovations).
• Sustainable Investment: Stock Exchanges enabling
sustainable finance
16:30 - 17:00Closing Keynote
Half day workshops
(Open to UNEP FI members/invitation only)