UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Sustainable Finance in Asia Pacific

Tokyo, Japan
11 – 13 December 2017


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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 for the Asia Pacific Roundtable, 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!

Asia Pacific Roundtable Co-organizer

 


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Agenda

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Time & Venue
Sessions
08:00–08:30REGISTRATION, COFFEE AND NETWORKING

08:30 - 08:35

U-Thant Hall 3F
WELCOMING REMARKS

Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
08:35-08:50

U-Thant Hall 3F
LIGHTNING ROUND: START THE DAY WITH INSPIRATION!
Transformative stories of members’ journey through sustainability. The session will include narratives around tools and innovation in sustainable finance.

Green Building Technologies, Trends and Financing
Esther An
, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited

Collaboration in the Market Place to Deploy Tools to Mitigate Flood Risk
Julie Batch
, Chief Customer Officer, Insurance Australia Group

Moderator:
Rakesh Shejwal, Vice President, Responsible Banking, YES BANK (India) and UNEP FI India Network Coordinator
08:50-09:00

U-Thant Hall 3F
OPENING REMARKS

Master of Ceremony:
Gregory Elders, ESG Senior Analyst, Bloomberg

Opening Remarks:
Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

09:00 – 09:30

U-Thant Hall 3/F
OPENING KEYNOTES

Speakers:
Hiroyoshi Sasagawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan
Hideki Murai, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Financial Services, Japan
Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo
09:30-09:55

U-Thant Hall 3F
UNEP FI KEYNOTE ADDRESS ON STATUS OF SUSTAINABLE FINANCE
Financial institutions are moving from individual leadership to market transformation. As financial markets begin to align with the Sustainable Development Goals, market leaders are employing new approaches to environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management, increasing green transactions and working towards becoming fully integrated sustainable financial institutions.

Speaker:
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
09:55-10:30

U-Thant Hall 3F
THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS IN ALIGNING CAPITAL MARKETS WITH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
With the clearly defined UN goals under the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030, green finance and responsible investment have evolved across the world, while the focus on ESG issues and the level of advancement varies between regions and countries. This session will provide a snapshot of recent developments in ESG or sustainable investment policies, practices and initiatives in Asia Pacific. It will explore areas for further progress, what a future investment world should look like and what kind of roles institutional investors, especially so-called universal owners, can play in order to position their capital allocations for the funding gap in financing sustainable development.

Speakers:
Takejiro Sueyoshi, CEO, Green Finance Organisation and Special Advisor, UNEP Finance Initiative
Takashi Takamura, President & Representative Director, State Street Global Advisors (Japan)
Hiroshi Komori, Senior Director, Stewardship & ESG, Public Market Investment Dept, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Moderator:
Etsuya Hirose, CEO, Quick ESG
10:30-10:50NETWORKING BREAK
Engage with the high-level speakers and participants over coffee.
10:50-11:55

U-Thant Hall 3F
INVESTORS’ DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS TO INTEGRATE ESG ISSUES IN ASIA-PACIFIC
UN Environment/Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) flagship report ‘Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century’ found that failing to consider long term investment drivers, including ESG factors, is a failure of fiduciary duty. While many investors progressively consider ESG factors as a key element of sound investment stewardship, the development of an investment and regulatory environment that supports the consideration of ESG factors can help enhance investment management processes and promote sustainable business practices. The panel will discuss progress and share experience across countries in Asia Pacific.
The session will be introduced by a short video from Al Gore, Chairman of Generation Investment Management and former Vice President of the United States.

Speakers:
Dr. Ick Jin, Director, National Assembly Budget Office (South Korea)
Robert Li,Vice President & Investment Strategist, International Business, China Asset Management
Lloyd Kavanagh, Chair and Partner, Financial Services, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (New Zealand)
Michiyo Morisawa, Head of Japan, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Moderator:
Elodie Feller, Investment Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
12:00-13:00

U-Thant Hall 3F
POLICY INTERVENTION TO DRIVE GREEN FINANCIAL SYSTEMS
This session will discuss policy and regulatory frameworks and public-private sector partnerships to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into finance to create an enabling environment to catalyze sustainable banking, insurance and investment.

Speakers:
Eckart Roth, Chief Risk Officer, Peak Re
Tumurkhuu Davaakhuu, Vice-President, Mongolia Bankers Association
Eiichiro Adachi, Counselor, Head of ESG Research Center, Japan Research Institute
Dr. Peiyuan Guo, Chairman, Syntao Green Finance and UNEP FI Advisor in China

Moderator:
Afifa Raihana, Senior Environmental Specialist, Sustainable Banking Network, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
13:00-14:00NETWORKING LUNCH
Venue: Reception Hall 2F
14:00-15:15

U-Thant Hall 3F
SCALING UP MARKET LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABLE BANKING, INSURANCE AND INVESTMENT IN ASIA PACIFIC
Great progress has been made within the finance industry since a number of banks and insurers met on the sidelines of the Earth Summit in Rio 25 years ago and established a UN-finance sector partnership called UNEP FI. Since 1992, although the sustainable finance agenda has made progress, particularly on the back of the Paris Climate Accord and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in 2015, the world is in a precarious situation geopolitically, environmentally and socially. This session will consider two key questions; i) whether sustainability considerations, both the risks and opportunities, are being integrated in decision making across banking, insurance and investment in Asia Pacific to finance the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive economy and attain the SDGs; and ii) how are financial institutions in the region overcoming barriers to align their business strategies and operations with the transition to a sustainable economy?

Speakers:
Tomáš Bravenec, Deputy CEO, Golomt Bank, Mongolia
Head of Group Shared Value, Strategy Manager, Insurance Australia Group
Benel Lagua, Executive Vice-President and Chief Development Officer, Development Bank of the Philippines
Weidong Yang, Vice-President, Aegon-Industrial Fund Management
Kuang Mahua, Chief Representative, Representative Office in Japan, China Association for International Exchange of Personnel, China International Talent Exchange Foundation
Ryohei Shimazaki, Chief Investment Officer, BNP Paribas Asset Management Japan

Moderator:
Arisa Kishigami, Head of ESG, Asia Pacific, FTSE
15:15-15:40NETWORKING BREAK
Engage with the high-level speakers and participants over coffee.
15:40-16:50


Venue
PARALLEL SESSIONS
U-Thant Hall 3F
Committee Room 2&3 5F
15:40-16:50
PARALLEL SESSION 1: BENCHMARKING GREEN FINANCIAL PRODUCTS
The green bonds market has seen impressive growth in recent years, however market volume remains focused on areas like clean transport and renewable power where the use of proceeds can be fairly easily validated as credibly green. Is the next, much larger, green or sustainable finance market opportunity securitising bank debt portfolios (e.g., green mortgages, energy efficiency loans, SME finance, etc)? Beyond the transactional focus, greening bank debt portfolios will increasingly require financial institutions to integrate and benchmark sustainability across their organisations, not just within environment or green finance departments. What will ‘green tagging’ across loan portfolios require to create a pipeline of investment opportunities?

Speakers:
Steve Lambert, Executive General Manager, Global Capital Markets, National Australia Bank
Jonathan Gilman, UN Environment
Yi-Chen Shi, Chair Professor and Head of Green Finance Innovation Laboratory, International Institute of Green Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)
Lan Qi, Senior Project Manager, Emerging Markets Dialogue on Finance, German International Cooperation (GIZ)

Moderator:
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
15:40-16:50
PARALLEL SESSION 2: INSURING AND FINANCING RESPONSIBLY: APPROACHES TO SENSITIVE SECTORS
This session will discuss emerging strategies, policies and frameworks by insurers and investors to better manage environmental, social and governance risks in sensitive industry sectors, such as dams, the defence sector, forestry, palm oil, mining, oil & gas, and tobacco. It will look into their motivations, challenges and achievements, as well as collaborative initiatives by the insurance and investment industries such as the first global investment industry statement on government action on tobacco control, the first global insurance industry statement on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and others.

Speakers:
Eckart Roth, Chief Risk Officer, Peak Re
Clare Payne, Chief Global Strategist, Tobacco Free Portfolios
Shunsuke Tanahashi, Head of Tokyo Office, Partners Group AG
Jacki Johnson, Group Executive, People, Performance and Reputation, Insurance Australia Group

Moderator:
Butch Bacani, Insurance Lead, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), UNEP Finance Initiative
17:00-18:00

U-Thant Hall 3F
THE POSITIVE IMPACT FINANCE INITIATIVE: IMPACT-BASED FINANCE TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Developed by a group of banking and investor members of UN Environment Finance Initiative, the Positive Impact Principles are a set of guidelines to promote the development of positive impact business and finance, and thereby contribute to the achievement of sustainable development and, in particular, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Principles, marking the shift to a new business paradigm and form of interaction to finance the SDGs, will be introduced to members in the Asia Pacific region during this dedicated plenary, also offering the opportunity for dialogue with participants around positive impact.

Speakers:
Tatiana Bosteels, Director, Responsible Property Investment & Sustainability, Hermes Investment Management
Chandan Bhavnani, Executive Vice President, Responsible Banking, YES BANK
Katherine Leong, Associate Director, Corporate Services and ESG, National Australia Bank
Elodie Feller, Investment Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
Mathew Nelson, Global and Asia Pacific Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

Moderator:
Sabina Timco Iacazzi, Social Issues Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
18:30-21:00

Reception Hall 2F
25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION RECEPTION
We will be celebrating 25 years of changing finance and financing change that started in Latin America during Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and showing our appreciation of our members and partners who have made huge contributions to driving the sustainable finance agenda, nationally, regionally, as well as globally.

Speakers:
Paul Clements-Hunt, CEO, The Blended Capital Group and Partner, Inflection Point Capital Management
Michiyo Morisawa, Head of Japan, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Jacki Johnson, Group Executive, People, Performance and Reputation, Insurance Australia Group
Steve Lambert, Executive General Manager, Global Capital Markets, National Australia Bank
Takejiro Sueyoshi, CEO, Green Finance Organisation and Special Advisor, UNEP Finance Initiative
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Time & Venue
Sessions
08:30-09:00REGISTRATION, COFFEE AND NETWORKING
09:00-10:15

U-Thant Hall 3F
THE PARIS AGREEMENT, TASK FORCE ON CLIMATE-RELATED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES IMPLEMENTATION AND BEYOND
The Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), recommends that financial and non-financial corporations, as well as asset owners, to assess and disclose how their organizations are likely to be impacted by climate change and how they are planning to respond.

Against this background, what can and should financial institutions in Asia Pacific do – what instruments are already available to develop systematic approaches to inform climate strategies? How can they assess climate-risks and opportunities to help tackle the intertwined challenges of not only weathering - but actually benefiting from and ultimately enabling - the transition to the low-carbon and climate-resilient economy of the future? The Science-based Targets Initiative is one example for technical work and guidance financial institutions can potentially use to guide their strategy and business towards 2-degree alignment. What are the emerging practices to develop evidence-based climate strategies.

Keynote:
Masaaki Nagamura, General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Planning Dept, Tokio Marine and FSB TCFD Representative

Speakers:
Masashi Oba, President & CEO, Tokio Marine Asset Management
Kazuhiko Saito, CEO, KPMG AZSA Sustainability
Karl Chun Seung Yang, Executive Director, Korea Sustainability Investing Forum (KoSIF)
Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, National Australia Bank

Moderator:
Simone Dettling, Banking Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
10:15 - 10:30NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Engage with the high-level speakers and participants over coffee.
10:30 - 13:00

U-Thant Hall 3F
Parallel Session 1
WORKSHOP: PROMOTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUSTAINABLE REAL ESTATE FINANCE

In the midst of growing expectations toward the contribution of Real Estate Sector to achieving the climate change goals under the UN Paris Agreement and the SDGs, this panel session will discuss ways in which the real estate sector can enhance financial value alongside environmental and social returns. It will provide insights into the opportunity side of sustainable real estate investment.
(10:35-10:55)Keynote: The Next Phase of ESG Integration
Tatiana Bosteels, Director, Responsible Property Investment & Sustainability, Hermes Investment Management
(10:55-11:55)Panel 1: Positive Impact Finance in Real Estate
Discussion of impact-oriented real estate investment cases and how ESG integration trends can be aligned with Positive Impact finance.

Speakers:
Ryuichi Horie, CEO, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory Co., Ltd
Masaki Hori, Deputy General Manager, Real Estate Dept, Facility Management Group, The Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company
Masato Ito, Associate General Manager, Head of Sustainable Property Promotion Team, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Tadateru Kitaoka, Head of Research and Marketing Dept, Mitsubishi Corp UBS Realty
Tatiana Bosteels, Director, Responsible Property Investment & Sustainability, Hermes Investment Management

Moderator:
Elodie Feller, Investment Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
(11:55–12:55)Panel 2: Innovations in Green Finance: Green Bonds in the Real Estate Sector
Discussion of market opportunities and barriers to scale to issuing green bonds for property development, acquisitions and renovations tied to environmental performance criteria.

Speakers:
Kyoko Saito, Senior Analyst, Structured Finance Division, Rating and Investment Information
Dr. Calvin Kwan, General Manager – Sustainability, Link REIT
Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited
Masato Kaizaki, Deputy General Manager, Real Estate Finance Dept, Development Bank of Japan
Ryu Hihara, General Manager, Credit Investment Dept, Nippon Life Insurance Company

Moderator:
Matthew Ulterino, Programme Coordinator, UNEP Finance Initiative
(12:55–13:00)Closing Remarks
Michiyo Morisawa, Head of Japan, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
This workshop will be followed by a meeting for UNEP Finance Initiative Property Working Group members from 14.00-16.00 in Committee Room 1 5F
10:30-13:00

Elizabeth Rose Hall 5F
Parallel Session 2: Morning Sessions
PRINCIPLES FOR SUSTAINABLE INSURANCE (PSI) ASIA PACIFIC MARKET EVENT
(10:30–11:00)Welcome Remarks and the Evolution of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI)
Butch Bacani, Insurance Lead, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), UNEP Finance Initiative
(11:00–12:00)Session 1: Creating Insurance Development Goals for Cities
This session will focus on how the insurance industry and local governments can work together to help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” as part of the global initiative of the PSI and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability to create “Insurance Development Goals for Cities.” Participants will be organised in small groups to discuss how the SDG 11 targets could be converted into risk management, insurance and investment goals for the insurance industry that would set the long-term global sustainability agenda for the industry and cities.

Moderator:
Butch Bacani, Insurance Lead, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), UNEP Finance Initiative
(12:00–13:00)Session 2: Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues into the Insurance Business
This session will discuss sustainability risk management frameworks by leading insurers that address environmental, social and governance issues (for example, climate change, ecosystem degradation, pollution, human rights violations, and corruption) in the insurance and investment activities of insurance companies. Furthermore, the session will discuss an ongoing global initiative by the PSI to develop insurance industry-wide guidance on the integration of ESG risks into insurance underwriting—the process of evaluating, defining and pricing insurance risks. This will be an opportunity to obtain Asia-Pacific industry and stakeholder perspectives on this global initiative on sustainable insurance underwriting.

Speakers:
Greg Lowe, Global Head of Resilience & Sustainability, Aon
Keiko Fukuda, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, AXA Japan
Jacki Johnson, Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation, Insurance Australia Group
Adam Ichikawa, CSR Dept Leader, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance

Moderator:
Butch Bacani, Insurance Lead, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), UNEP Finance Initiative
10:40-13:00

Committee Room 2&3 5F
Parallel Session 3
NATURAL CAPITAL IN FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Environment Ministers at UN Environment Assembly in December discussed financing and innovation to combat pollution. The first part of this session will look at how banks and investors are finding new ways to address risks and opportunities linked to environmental impacts. The second part will look at advanced techniques to quantify the dependence of production on natural assets, and the implication of degrading or depleting these assets for lending and investment portfolios.
(11:40-11:45)Panel 1: Waste, Pollution and Environmental Resilience: How Banks and Investors Can Manage Risk and Identify Opportunities Linked to Natural Capital

Speakers:
Shunichi Honda, Programme Officer, International Environmental Technology Centre, UN Environment
Kevin Telmer, Executive Director, Artisanal Gold Council
Fusheng Li, Managing Director, Silkroad Obor Fund Management

Moderator
Paul Clements-Hunt, CEO, The Blended Capital Group and Partner, Inflection Point Capital Management
(11:50-13:00)Panel 2: Emerging Techniques to Advance Environment-Related Financial Resilience
Financial institutions typically start their journey to sustainability by looking at environmental and social impacts. Moving beyond this requires a holistic view of how nature is connected to industries and production processes both on the impact side and the dependency side. Often this requires new thinking and new techniques to engage different parts of the financial institution such as credit risk or portfolio management.

Speakers:
Anders Nordheim, Project Leader, Ecosystems & Sustainable Land Use, UNEP Finance Initiative
Tsukasa Kanai, Chief Sustainability OFficer, Corporate Planning Dept, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Rakesh Shejwal, Vice President, Responsible Banking, YES BANK and UNEP FI India Network Coordinator
Makoto Haraguchi, Manager, InterRisk Research Institute and Consultancy
Yi-Chen Shi, Chair Professor and Head of Green Finance Innovation Laboratory, International Institute of Green Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)

Moderator:
Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, National Australia Bank
13:00-14:00

NETWORKING LUNCH
Venue: Reception Hall 2F
14:00-16:00

Elizabeth Rose Hall 5F
Parallel Session 2 (Continued): Afternoon Sessions
PRINCIPLES FOR SUSTAINABLE INSURANCE (PSI) ASIA PACIFIC MARKET EVENT
(14:00-14:20)Session 3: Delivering Shared Value Through Sustainable Insurance Thinking and Practice
This presentation will show how shared value as a business strategy helps insurance companies reconceive society’s needs as business opportunities. These opportunities are driven by changing realities such as climate change and ageing populations, eroding trust, and blind spots such as unserved or underserved markets in both developing and developed countries. It will also highlight how a shared value business strategy is fully aligned with the Principles for Sustainable Insurance as a global sustainability framework for the insurance industry.

Presenter:
Ramana James, Head of Group Shared Value, Insurance Australia Group
(14:20-14:40)Session 4: The Emerging Sustainable Insurance Agenda for Regulators and Supervisors
This presentation will show how insurance regulators and supervisors around the world are taking action on key sustainability issues for the insurance business. In December 2016, UN Environment— through its Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative and its Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System—and insurance regulators and supervisors launched the Sustainable Insurance Forum for Supervisors (SIF). The SIF is an international network of insurance regulators and supervisors that aims to promote cooperation on critical sustainability challenges and opportunities.

Presenter:
Jeremy McDaniels, Programme Manager, UN Environment Inquiry
(14:40-15:50)Session 5: From Micro to Macro: Closing the Insurance Protection Gap
As risk carriers, insurers protect households, businesses and governments by absorbing financial shocks due to natural hazards, accidents and illnesses; and enables economic activity. Insurance pricing also provides risk signals and rewards risk reduction efforts. Insurance solutions for renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, environmental pollution liability and usage-based insurance for vehicles promote the transition to sustainable economies.

This session will focus on insurance strategies, products, innovations and schemes at the individual, local, national and regional levels that improve access to insurance and contribute to building resilient and sustainable communities and economies. It will also outline challenges and lessons learned, enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, and opportunities such as insurtech.

Panelists:
Will Won Seok Choi, Senior Manager, Environmental Impairment Liability, DB Insurance
Julie Batch, Chief Customer Officer, Insurance Australia Group
Hiroko Urashima, Corporate Social Responsibility, MS&AD Insurance Group
Eckart Roth, Chief Risk Officer, Peak Re
Nobuyuki Koinuma, Manager, CSR Division, Corporate Planning Dept, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance

Moderator:
Butch Bacani, Insurance Lead, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), UNEP Finance Initiative
(15:50-16:00)Summary and Closing Remarks
Butch Bacani, Insurance Lead, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), UNEP Finance Initiative
14:00-14:55

Committee Room 2&3 5F
Parallel Session 4
ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL RISK ANALYSIS: EQUATOR PRINCIPLES FOR PROJECT FINANCE AND BEYOND?


Sustainable finance has moved on from 2013 when the current version of Equator Principles (EPIII) was issued. The EP Association is currently planning to start a process of updating to EPIV, taking several important topics into consideration including how to respond to climate change, as well as to social issues such as indigenous peoples and labour standards within the Project Finance market. This session will discuss the practical challenges toward EPIV, both from the aspects of the EP Association’s introducing the fourth iteration, and from the aspect of EP members’ institutional-wide potential efforts required to meet the additional standards. The session will also explore how environmental and social risk management could be improved on the back of increasing demand for infrastructure in Asia Pacific region.

Speakers:
Ryosuke Ueda, Head of Sustainable Development Office, Mizuho Bank
Amane Yamazaki, General Manager, Social & Environmental Risk Assessment Office, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Kenji Shima, General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Moderator:
Naoki Mori, Executive Coordinator, Strategic Management Office, Head of Finance Task Force, IGES
15:00-16:20

Committee Room 2&3 5F
Parallel Session 5
SOCIAL INCLUSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN FINANCE: A VIEW FROM ASIA PACIFIC

The session will explore regional experiences around financial institutions’ practices to respect human rights - implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - and act on their ability to further address wider social needs, with examples specific to the region. Speakers will identify the challenges, burning issues and gaps to address anchor and advance the finance and human rights agenda in the region.

Speakers:
Daniel Neale, Programme Director, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
Hiroki Hachiya, General Manager, Private Banking Dept Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Selina Xiuling Xu, Senior Vice President, CreditEase, China
Ashleigh Owens, Executive Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young ShinNihon

Moderator:
Sabina Timco Iacazzi, Social Issues Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
16:00-16:30NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Engage with the high-level speakers and participants over coffee.
Day 2 Closing Plenary
16:30-17:30

U-Thant Hall 3F
MOBILIZING FINANCIAL CENTRES FOR SUSTAINABILITY
This session will mark the Asia launch of UN Environment’s new report, “Accelerating Financial Centre Action on Sustainable Development” – the first publication from the new International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability. A presentation of the report will be followed by panel discussion with representatives from financial centres present at the launch meeting of the network: Astana, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. In September 2017, eleven financial centres signed the Casablanca statement at the firstever international meeting on financial centres for sustainability, committing to promote green and sustainable finance in their centre, and launch the new network. With the objective of exchanging experience and taking common action on shared priorities to accelerate the expansion of green and sustainable finance, the network is now developing its work programme across seven strategic dimensions – with its next meeting in April 2018.

Speakers:
Jeremy McDaniels, Programme Manager, UN Environment Inquiry
Wei Kong, Convenor, Lujiazui Financial City Green Finance Committee in Shanghai
Ben McQuhae, Hong Kong Green Finance Task Force, Partner, Jones Day
Assel Nurakhmetova, Director, Green Finance, Astana International Finance Centre (AIFC) Kazakhstan Authority
Takejiro Sueyoshi, CEO, Green Finance Organisation and Special Advisor, UNEP Finance Initiative

Moderator:
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
17:35-17:50

CLOSING KEYNOTE
Venue: U-Thant Hall 3F

Rintaro Tamaki, President, Japan Centre for International Finance
17:50-18:00

CLOSING REMARKS
Venue: U-Thant Hall 3F

Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
For Members & Invitees Only
Venue: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) Center Otemachi
09:00-10:00Positive Impact Finance Information Session
Developed by a group of banking and investor members of UNEP FI, the Positive Impact Principles are a set of guidelines to promote the development of positive impact business and finance, and thereby contribute to the achievement of sustainable development as framed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Co-facilitators:
Elodie Feller, Investment Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
Sabina Timco Iacazzi, Social Issues Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
10:05-10:55Building a Sustainable Finance Hub in Asia Pacific
This session will try to address questions such as; how can UNEP FI’s members and the wider financial community in Asia Pacific mobilise private sector financing for a climate-resilient, sustainable economy? How can financial institutions collaborate and strengthen the Asia Pacific sustainable finance hub through UNEP FI’s network to scale up sustainable finance opportunities in the region?

Co-facilitators:
Dr. Calvin Kwan, General Manager – Sustainability, Link REIT
Liesel van Ast, Membership and Regional Coordination Manager, UNEP Finance Initiative

Speakers:
Rakesh Shejwal, Vice President, Responsible Banking, YES BANK & UNEP FI India Network Coordinator
Kaori Nomura, Japan Network Coordinator, UNEP Finance Initiative
Dr. Peiyuan Guo, Chairman of SynTao Green Finance and UNEP FI Advisor in China
Ariel Hui Xu, Secretary General, China Social Investment Forum, UNEP FI Advisor in China
11:00-12:00Technical Workshop: Banking Work Programme
This workshop will discuss topics such as the UNEP FI pilot project to implement the recommendations of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), development of a Dashboard to assess and measure sustainability in banks, review of a UNEP FI Statement of Commitment and the 2018 Banking Work Plan.

Speaker:
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Facilitator:
Simone Dettling, Banking Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative

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