UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Sustainable Finance in Europe

Geneva, Switzerland
16 – 18 October 2017


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The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is partnering with Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) to hold the UNEP FI Regional Roundtable in Europe on 16 – 18 October 2017 in the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG Geneva), Switzerland. A partnership between UNEP FI and SSF helps bring together the networks of both associations for in-depth discussions, with the ambition to inspire and align international conversation.

In this landmark year of UNEP FI’s 25th anniversary, UNEP FI is building on the success of the Global Roundtable with the first series of Regional Roundtables. The Regional Roundtable in Europe will be held in Geneva, the home of UNEP FI secretariat. The Roundtable will provide an opportunity for actors in the sustainable finance community to come together from across Europe to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practice. At this crucial gathering of regional sustainable finance leaders, participants will identify ways for the finance community to become catalysts for sustainable, climate-resilient development.

Sustainable finance is at a critical juncture in Europe, with the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance gaining traction on integrating environmental, social and governance issues into the financial system, and enabling banks, insurers and asset managers to take a stronger role in leading the growth of sustainable finance.

 

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

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.

Note that some of the sessions and activities at the Roundtable are not open to all participants. The general public are welcome to join the events taking place from Monday, 16 October 2017 at 16:00 onwards, and the whole day on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.
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Tentative Agenda

TimeMembers-Only MeetingsOpen for Public
10:00 - 16:00Property Working Group
Venue: Room 5

Moderator:
Matthew Ulterino, Coordinator, Property Working Group, UNEP FI

Property Working Group to join Banking Committee in room 6 from 14:00-16:00
09:00 - 18:00
Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Market Event
Venue: Room 13

Moderators:
Butch Bacani and Olivia Fabry, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative, UNEP FI
Banking Committee (for UNEP FI banking committee members only)
Venue: Room 6

Moderator:
Simone Dettling, Team Lead, Banking, UNEP FI

14:00-16:00
Property Working Group to join Banking Committee in room 6
16:00 - 18:00Property Working Group (Continued)
Venue: Room 5

Moderator:
Matthew Ulterino, Coordinator, Property Working Group, UNEP FI
16:00 - 18:00
Wealth Management with Impact

Venue: Room 3
Side-Event by Swiss Sustainable Finance

Swiss Sustainable Finance will give the audience the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the topic of Sustainable Investing and how it is influencing the private wealth management market. Based on a 2017 SSF publication on this theme, expert speakers will discuss what the demand looks like and how it is driving the development of innovative actors, and hence products, in the field.

Moderator:
Swiss Sustainable Finacne
Investment Committee Meeting
Venue: Room 18

Moderator:
Elodie Feller, Coordinator, Investment Commission, UNEP FI
Banking Town-Hall Meeting
Venue: Room 6

Moderator:
Simone Dettling, Team Lead, Banking, UNEP FI
18:00 - 18:30Walking Tour: Through the Broken Chair Sculpture and the UN Palais des Nations
18:30 - 22:00Open to Public
25th Anniversary Celebration Reception

Venue: Hall XIV, Palais des Nations (Entrance from Pregny Gate)
Recognizing the growth of the sustainable finance agenda since UNEP FI’s launch in 1992 and the role of members in providing leadership.

Master of Ceremony: TBA

Speakers:
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI
Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Sabine Döbeli, Swiss Sustainable Finance
Scott Vaughan, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Advisor, UNEP FI

Light fare and beverages will be provided. Performance by UN Music Club Jazz Band.
Master of Ceremony: Georg Kell, Chairman, Arasbesque
8:00 - 8:15Registration
8:15 - 8:45Lightning Rounds
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis

Start the day with inspiration!

These presentations will highlight innovations and tools that are helping to align finance with sustainability.

Topics:
• Conservation finance – Fabian Huwyler, Credit Suisse
• Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA): Integrating water data in mainstream financial analysis – TBA
• Sustainability guide – TBA
9:00 - 9:15Opening and Welcome
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis

Speakers:
Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of UN Environment New York Office
Mobilising private sector finance and sustainable development
9:15 - 9:45Keynote Address
Venue: Room 1bis

Speakers:
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
• Launch of UNEP FI’s flagship State of Sustainable Finance dashboard to benchmark institutions in Europe and globally
• Positive Impact – Member of the PI steering committee to present
9:45 - 10:45Progress on Sustainable Finance (and the Long Road Ahead)
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis

This session will explore key milestones on the development of sustainable finance for the industry and for individual financial institutions, and identify challenges to mainstreaming sustainable finance.

Topics:
• From risk management to positive impact and sustainable financial institutions/integrative approaches
• Strategic leadership on sustainability in banking, insurance and investment.
• Building on green bonds market development in Europe.

Speakers: TBA

Moderator:
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
10:45 - 11:10Networking Break
Engage with the high-level participants over coffee.
The next part of the Roundtable will explore scenarios, future strategies and focus on forward-looking approaches.
11:10 - 12:00The Paris Agreement, the TCFD and beyond: managing risk, seizing opportunity & enabling the climate economic transition
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis

The Paris Agreement envisions the almost complete decarbonisation of the global economy by the second half of the century, and will require that public and private financial flows are rechannelled to finance a steady but smooth transition to a climate-compatible economy.

In parallel, the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), is asking financial and non-financial corporations, as well as asset owners, to carefully assess and disclose how their organizations are likely to be impacted by climate change and how they are planning to respond.

This session will answer the following questions:
• What can financial institutions do to tackle the intertwined challenges of not only weathering—but actually benefiting from and enabling—the transition to the low-carbon and climate-resilient economy of the future?
• How can financial institutions work together with governments, legislators, and their clients and investees to achieve these goals?

Speakers:
Oliver Rosseau, Executive Director, Fonds de Réserve pour Les Retraites

Moderator:
David Pitt-Watson
Networking Break
Engage with the high-level participants over coffee.
12:10 - 13:00Dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Finance & Positive Impact
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis

An estimated $5-7 trillion a year until 2030 are needed to realize the Sustainable Development Goals worldwide, from both public and private sources. In 2015 UNEP FI released the Positive Impact Manifesto based on the belief that SDG impacts can become the source of a vibrant market and that private finance has an active role to play in bringing it about. This session will bring together leading figures on the topic of SDG finance from both public and private organizations for a focused dialogue on the different avenues for promoting and enabling private SDG finance and how these approaches could best be coordinated for maximum impact.

Speakers:
Denis Childs, Société Générale / Positive Impact Initiative
♦ stay tuned for additional speakers

Moderator:
Careen Abb, Positive Impact Initiative, UNEP FI
13:00 - 14:30Networking Lunch
Venue: Espace Léman
Annual General Meeting
Engaging members from around the world in making key strategic and operational decisions, in celebrating the previous year’s progress and in looking ahead to the work programme for the coming year.

Moderator:
Denise Hills, ITAU
14:30 - 15:45Dialogue with Regulators/Policy Makers
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis

Topics:
• Regulatory requirements/incentives for green finance (Basel IV / Directive IV)
• G7 Italian Roadmap for a sustainable financial system - Takeaways for other European countries?
• The role of regulators and markets in the race to create green financial centres?
• G20 Green Finance agenda under Germany’s Presidency –what’s to expect under Argentina?
• EU strategy on sustainable finance as part of the Capital Markets Union
• Fiduciary Duty – Launch German Roadmap
• Sustainable insurance forum for supervisors

Speakers: TBA

Moderator:
Nick Robbins, UNEP Inquiry
15:45 - 16:15Networking Break
Engage with the high-level participants over coffee.
16:15 - 17:40Parallel Sessions:
Environmental Resilience and the Finance Sector
Venue: Room 5

The environment ultimately underpins all human activity as climate change, combined with human activities contribute to the depletion and degradation of natural resources and create environmental-related risks to economies. The effects include lowered resilience to catastrophic events, such as drought or typhoons, and the inability to maintain and grow critical parts of the economy.

Momentum is growing to understand and address environmental sources of financial risk. This session offers an opportunity to gain insight into the importance of environmental resilience in the finance sector from a broad selection of actors.

Speakers: TBA
Financing Energy Efficiency
Venue: Room 6

Energy efficiency already represents a significant investment opportunity, with more than USD 221 of new energy efficiency investment occurring globally. In the EU, the European Commission has decided to put energy efficiency front and center in the implementation of its contributions to the Paris Agreement, and has identified energy efficiency as the first fuel for the EU economy.

Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) in its first phase determined that risk and value are the two key drivers of enhanced energy efficiency investment, and consequently has produced two key tools for financial institutions to increase their engagement with energy efficiency; The EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit (Risk and Value Appraisal Framework) and The De-Risking Energy Efficiency Platform.

Speakers: TBA
A Rights-Based Approach to Sustainable Finance
Venue: Room 13

Topics:
• Sustainable finance through the lens of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
• Regional efforts to further the mainstreaming of human rights in finance
• Linking the climate and human rights agendas in the pursuit of sustainable finance
• The shift towards integrative approaches to human rights and wider social risks and opportunities

Speakers: TBA
17:45 - 18:00Closing Keynote
Venue: Room 1bis

Topics
• High-Level Plenary – Expected participation of top management from different FIs
• Looking towards the next 25 years of sustainable finance in Europe

Speakers: TBA
Parallel Sessions: Optional for Members and Non-Members
09:00 - 14:00Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Working Session
Venue: Room 18
09:00 - 16:30Positive Impact Members’ Meeting
Venue: Room 16
UNEP FI Global Steering Committee Members Only
09:00 - 16:30UNEP FI Global Steering Committee Meeting
Venue: Palais des Nations

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