UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Sustainable Finance in Asia Pacific

Tokyo, Japan
11 – 12 December 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!

Tentative Agenda

08:00 - 08:30Registration
08:30 - 09:15Lightning Rounds: UNEP FI Highlights
Start the day with inspiration!

Brief sessions on key UNEP FI projects: E.g.
Natural Capital Finance Alliance Drought
Stress Testing in China; Finance Sector
Supplement; G20 Energy Efficiency Toolkit.
09:30 - 10:15Opening and Welcome Ceremony
10:15 - 11:15Keynote Speech: Strides in Sustainable Finance

Session will 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, and highlighting gaps and
opportunities for future collaboration

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)
• The Sustainable Finance Movement (also
includes developments in policy innovations)
• Positive Impact Finance - Aligning with the
Sustainable Development Goals (understanding
the relevance and recognising FI
responses in the region)
• Stock Exchanges enabling sustainable
11:15 - 11:45Break
11:45 - 12:45High-Level Roundtable Dialogue:
Bridging Environment and Finance, Policy and
Market Innovations

Session focuses on the extent to which the
environment-finance nexus is reflected in
policies and market innovations. What do the
multiple stakeholders need and from whom?

Potential scope:
• Distinct enabling policies to the banking,
the investment and the insurance
sectors (separate for all three) from the
finance and the environment government
• Aligning the needs from environment and
from finance government policies with
strategies of financial institutions
• Green Finance Hubs
• The G20 Green Finance Agenda, state of play
and expectations from Argentinian
presidency from 2018
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Mobilising Finance for National Climate Strategies.
Emergence of Financing Facilities: What are the Opportunities?

Panel Session

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. It will also
launch UNEP FI Green Climate Fund project
launch in Asia Pacific.
15:00 - 17:00Risks and Opportunities in Sustainable Finance
Parallel Session

• Sustainability in Banking and Investment
• Sustainability in Insurance and Investment
Parallel Technical Session I: Risks
and Opportunities

Session focuses on both the risks and
opportunities sides of integrating
sustainability in banking and in
investment sectors.

Potential scope (UNEP FI members to select
three preferences):
a) Progress in ESR Assessments and Stress-
Testing Tools
b) Green Innovation Products
c) Decarbonisation
d) Positive impact
e) Next generation sustainable finance
f) Energy efficiency financing
g) Deforestation and air pollution
h) FinTech
Parallel Technical Session II: Risks
and Opportunities

Session focuses on both the risks and
opportunities sides of integrating
sustainability in insurance and in
investment sectors.

Potential scope (UNEP FI members
to select 3 preferences):
a) Progress in ESG Risk Underwriting
b) Green Innovation Products
c) Cities and Resilience
d) Health and social inclusion
e) Insurtech
f) Integrative approaches to social issues
17:00 - 17:30Wrap up for the day
17:30 - 18:00Free Time
18:00 - 20:0025th Anniversary Celebration Reception
08:30Registration opens
09:00 - 12:00 Parallel Sessions
Workshop: Sustainability Disclosures –
Understanding reporting platforms and

Session will highlight the opportunities arising
from the emergence of reporting platforms; how
the recommendations are adopted by financial
institutions in their sustainability reports and
how disclosures are catalysing sustainable
financial products and institutions.
Workshop: Positive Impact in the Real Estate

Session will focus on positive impact in real estate
investment. It will highlight how a guidance
note for real estate investors, including a
mapping of existing positive impact investment
frameworks, standards and cased studies
would look like, so that the real estate investors
and their stakeholders have a better understanding
of the next generation sustainable real
estate investment.
Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Market

One day event that explores multiple roles and
current good practices of insurers amidst
prevailing risks and opportunities in the region.
Also highlights the way forward with relevant

Thematic scope could include:
1) Cities - the Insurance Development Goals for
2) Pollution and health
3) Integrating environmental, social and governance
issues into insurance underwriting - consultation
4) Inclusive insurance, insurtech and sustainability
5) Disaster risk reduction

Moderator: Butch Bacani, Programme
Leader, UNEP FI's Principles for
Sustainable Insurance
12:00 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 16:00Workshops:
• Positive Impact Finance and Cities
• Social Inclusion and Human Rights
• Natural Capital Finance Alliance
• TCFD Recommendations and Implementation
Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Market