UNEP FI and Building Bridges are joining forces to bring four days of action on sustainable finance to Geneva, Switzerland. UNEP FI will host its 18th Global Roundtable on 10-11 December 2024, alongside the 5th edition of Building Bridges to be held from 9-12 December 2024 under the same roof, with the common objective of aligning financial flows with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

UNEP FI’s biennial Global Roundtable is a pivotal event for finance industry action, providing thousands of finance professionals the opportunity to collaborate with peers and learn from global leaders. This year’s edition, held as a hybrid event on 10-11 December alongside Building Bridges, marks the Global Roundtable’s return to Geneva after 30 years. The flagship event will focus on accelerating practical approaches to setting and implementing targets in areas including net zero, nature, impact, pollution, human rights, and financial inclusion to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Building Bridges is a powerful movement of committed people and organisations that aims to shape the global sustainable finance agenda and build a bridge towards a global economic model that meets the needs of a sustainable and just transition. The Building Bridges movement meets every year with its community, bringing relevant decision makers and players from the finance and corporate sectors, governments, civil society, academia and sustainable development communities to the same table around its flagship event in Geneva. In 2023, the 4th edition of Building Bridges gathered more than 2500 participants from 110 countries, featuring a total of 70 events.

Geneva, home to Building Bridges and UNEP FI, is an international hub for sustainable finance thanks to its unique ecosystem of multilateralism whilst being a world-class financial centre. UNEP FI is a founding member of Building Bridges, and the enhanced collaborative effort between these two leading organisations will further leverage networks in Switzerland, and around the globe, to accelerate action through finance on protecting the planet, reducing social inequalities, and improving access to human rights.

Register your interest to attend the Global Roundtable in person or virtually here.

“We are excited to partner with Building Bridges to bring the UNEP FI Global Roundtable back to Geneva after 30 years. Together, we are working to align financial flows with global sustainability goals and to catalyze action right across the financial system.”

– Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI


“We are looking forward to joining forces with UNEP FI this year.  A faster transition to a more sustainable global economic model requires a collective effort and a sharing of expertise among all financial stakeholders.”

– Patrick Odier, Chair, Building Bridges


About Building Bridges:

Building Bridges’ mission is dedicated to leveraging the power of finance to unlock private capital for sustainable development. Building Bridges was launched in 2019 and born of a joint initiative by Swiss public authorities, the finance community, the United Nations, international organisations and NGOs, to accelerate the transition to a global economic model aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the core of the initiative is the recognition that the scale and complexity of the transition to sustainability require “building bridges” between the numerous private and public stakeholders involved.

Find out more at www.buildingbridges.org


About UNEP FI:

UNEP Finance Initiative brings together a large network of banks, insurers and investors that collectively catalyses action across the financial system to deliver more sustainable global economies. Convened by a Geneva -based secretariat, more than 500 banks and insurers with assets exceeding US$170 trillion work together to facilitate the implementation of UNEP FI’s Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance, as well as three UN-convened net-zero alliances. Financial institutions work with UNEP FI on a voluntary basis, and UNEP FI helps them to apply the industry frameworks and develop practical guidance and tools to position their businesses for the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy.