Regional Roundtable in Latin America and the Caribbean: Buenos Aires, Argentina 5 – 6 September 2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 – 6 September 2017


As UNEP FI celebrates 25 years, join us at the Latin America and Caribbean Roundtable to connect with sustainable finance peers, and raise awareness of the progress made across the banking, insurance and investment industries.

Join leaders from all parts of the financial system as well as from civil society, academia, government and the United Nations as we explore issues on the horizon and spur transformation. The Roundtable will provide insight into next-generation approaches to financing, supporting a stable low-carbon economy, environment and inclusive society in the long-term.

The agenda-setting event will showcase best practices in integrating environmental, social and governance factors into financial products and services, and provide insights into how a strategic approach to sustainability can position organizations for the 2030 Agenda. Financial institutions will be able to: explore actions to mitigate risks and scale up green business lines; Enable peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing across our regional hub.

During the event, our network of decision makers and practitioners will cover the latest trends, tools, policies and practices to address challenges and develop opportunities for resilient growth, and celebrate 25 years of growing momentum in sustainable finance since UNEP FI was launched in Latin America in 1992, at the Rio Earth Summit. You are welcome to join us on 5 and 6 September in Buenos Aires!

Participation in the Roundtable is free of charge, but participants from across the region are expected to cover their own travel costs.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:20Opening Remarks

UN Environment Representative
Government of Argentina Representative

9:20 - 10:30 Adapting to a Constantly Changing World; Financial stability, Environmental Risks and Sustainability related to ESG

Financial stability, environmental risks and capital requirements (TCFD/FSB), Portfolio decarbonization and climate-related monitoring, disclosure and policies.

Presenter to be confirmed

10:30- 10:50Coffee Break
10:50- 12:00Market Leadership in Sustainable Finance

Challenges, opportunities and experiences in adopting sustainability as a core business strategy in the Financial Industry

Presenter to be confirmed
12:00 - 13:15Lunch
13:15 - 14:15Presentation: Natural Resources and Resilience against Natural Disasters with a Focus on the Banking and Insurance Sectors

Integrating modelling of drought and natural resource risks in bank stress testing and credit risk assessment

Presenter to be confirmed

14:15 - 15:15G20 Argentina Approach to Sustainable Finance (TBC)
Keynote Presentation

Details to be confirmed

Presenter to be confirmed
15:15- 15:35Coffee Break
15:35 - 16:35Sustainable Investment: A Review in the Global and Regional Context

Finance sector responses to Sustainable Stock Exchanges and fiduciary duty developments and Portfolio decarbonization strategies in the region

Presenter to be confirmed
16:35 - 17:35Energy Efficiency and Financing

The G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit has recently been reviewed by G20 governments, IOs and private finance actors and was then launched in Hamburg at the G20 Energy Efficiency Forum, DC and Beijing. Energy efficiency plays a crucial role in driving sustainable development particularly in Latin America, and will be a key focus of the upcoming Argentinian G20 presidency. The Toolkit session will bring together policy-makers and private finance actors in discussing the best practice solutions necessary for meeting EE investment needs.

Presenter to be confirmed
20:00 - 22:00UNEP FI 25th Anniversary Dinner
8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 10:30Parallel Sessions:
Climate Smart Agriculture
Presenter to be confirmed

SSE regional exchange
Presenter to be confirmed

Topics to be determined
10:30- 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30Parallel Sessions:
Positive Impact Finance Principles Information Session
Presenter to be confirmed

Developed by a group of banking and investor members of UN Environment Finance Initiative, Principles are a set of high-level 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)

Roadmap for Sustainable Financial System in Argentina
Presenter to be confirmed

Topics to be determined
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:30Parallel Sessions:
Social Issues Strategy in Latin America and the Caribbean
Presenter to be confirmed

The session will take a glimpse into regional experiences around financial institutions’ approaches 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 (creating value for communities, vulnerable groups, increasing access to finance, etc.); and feed these experiences into the adaptation of UNEP FI strategy on social issues to regional needs.

Green Buildings
Presenter to be confirmed

Green and sustainable buildings and issues such as water, heating, waste, materials and pollution
15:30- 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30Parallel Sessions:
Guide to Banking and Sustainability
Presenter to be confirmed

Guide to banking and sustainability with three sections on legal issues, human resources and good practices. Launch of the new guide to Banking and Sustainability. The strength of the guide is the practical experience it brings together. Hence, the launch workshop should focus on that – transferring practical knowledge and experience from one member to another.

Sustainable finance benchmarking to track progress and catalyse transformation
Presenter to be confirmed

Assessing and measuring the degree of sustainability of Financial Institutions and evaluation processes in support of sustainability
Optional Training and Workshops (TBC):
  • Leadership Training on Sustainable Finance
  • Green Bonds Training
  • Workshop on Energy Efficiency for the Argentina Government