2013 Global Roundtable
12-13 November 2013, Beijing, China
The Global Roundtable (GRT) is the flagship biennial event of UNEP FI that brings together high-level representatives from financial institutions, governments, regulators, civil society, academia and the scientific community to galvanize action on sustainable finance. Since 1994, the GRT has been held in 12 cities, including Cambridge, Cape Town, Chicago, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.
As a prominent emerging economy, China plays a pivotal role in sustainable development. The Chinese Government’s firm resolution to mainstream sustainable development at national and international levels will accelerate deeper understanding by financial institutions regarding sustainability practices.
Themed, Financing the Future We Want: China, Emerging Markets and the World Economy, the 2013 GRT will raise the following questions:
- How can we accelerate the integration of long-term, sustainable thinking into the financial sector’s decision-making processes?
- Who are the key stakeholders and partners for sustainable finance and how can dialogue and collaboration be stepped up between them?
- How can we help players learn from each other and how can we share the rich body of knowledge and experience that is crystallizing in emerging economies?
- What ultimately is the underlying purpose and raison-d’être of finance and financial institutions and can these deliver the financing of the future we want?
- To promote sustainable finance as the logical way forward for the finance industry.
- To raise awareness that sustainable finance is an important part of Sustainable Development.
- To engage all relevant stakeholders in the sustainable finance agenda.
- To share best practice.
- To facilitate the networking of stakeholders.
- Building the "Future we want" includes a rethink of the global architecture of the financial system.
- Embedding long-term, sustainable thinking into the financial sector’s decision-making processes is essential to ensuring that FIs are "fit for purpose".
- Sustainable finance cannot be achieved in isolation: dialogue is needed with the broader policy and private sector scene
- Emerging economies are building capacity and are potentially key drivers of sustainable finance
(English) To prepare for this event we utilized the 2012 UNEP Sustainable Conference Guide and as such this event features the following green practices:
- Planned a paperless event.
- Encouraged guests to practice sustainable habits, such as using sheets for more than one day.
- Served water in glasses rather than bottles.
- Avoided the use of disposable items.
- Encouraged participants to stay at the venue.
- Encouraged guests to carpool and take public transit.
- Organized buses between side events.
- Provided many vegetarian options.
- Produced conference dressings locally.
- Provided local, organic and seasonal foods provided by Organic and Beyond.
- Served Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood.
- Separated waste streams.
- Invited a diverse pool of guests and speakers.
- Hosted a socially inclusive and accessible event.
- This conference will be a carbon neutral event and the China Beijing Environmental Exchange and Bank of China have sponsored CDM Certified Emission Reductions.
(English) Since the success of the first Global Roundtable edition, held in 1994 in Geneva, Switzerland, Global Roundtables have matured into major global agenda-setting events.
Global Roundtables offer an opportunity for leaders of the financial world and environmental experts to come together to discuss and exchange views on sustainability issues and responsible financing. They have significantly contributed with ideas on how to address emerging environmental, social and governance challenges that relate to the global financial industry. In addition, the summit has been one of UNEP FI’s foremost advocacy instruments.
Nineteen years on, Global Roundtables carry-on a well-established tradition that has spanned the globe covering 12 cities, including Cambridge, Cape Town, Chicago, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.
2011: Washington, D.C., USA - The Tipping Point: Sustained stability in the next economy
2009: Cape Town, South Africa - Financing change. Changing finance.
2007: Melbourne, Australia - Awareness to Action
2005: New York, USA - A World of Risk. A world of Opportunities?
2003: Tokyo, Japan - Sustaining Value. A Meeting on Finance and Sustainability
2002: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Financing a Sustainable Future - Strategies, Partnerships, and Opportunities
2000: Frankfurt, Germany
1999: Chicago, USA
1998: Cambridge, UK - Profitability and Responsibility in the 21st Century
1997: New York, USA - Third UNEP International Roundtable Meeting on Finance and the Environment
1995: London, UK - Investing in the Environment
1994: Geneva, Switzerland
关于联合国环境规划署金融行动机构 (UNEP FI)
联合国环境规划署金融行动机构(UNEP FI)于1992年成立，是联合国环境规划署(UNEP) 下设的金融专业机构，致力于发展和促进环境、可持续发展和金融业之间的紧密联系。UNEP FI的成立是基于社会各界对金融机构在环境、社会以及公司治理等方面影响理解的逐渐加深之上。UNEP FI认为实现可持续的世界经济必须由与之匹配的可持续的金融系统为支撑。这一观点在UNEP FI的口号中得以体现：革新金融，融资革新。
革新金融 - 促进可持续发展的议题融入到主流金融系统和金融机构的决策中。
融资革新 - 动员私有金融部门使世界经济更加的可持续。
目前全球已经有220多家来自银行、保险和投资业的金融机构自愿成为UNEP FI的成员机构，并与UNEP FI及其他伙伴机构一同践行、推动可持续金融。其主要活动包括：制定全球标准和原则、开拓性的研究和工具开发、能力建设以及 促进利益相关者对话。
作为联合国环境规划署(UNEP)的金融专业机构， UNEP的跨部门议题贯穿在UNEP FI的各项活动中，特别是在气候变化和生态系统管理以及社会问题等方面。