UNEP FI has established a network of Regional Working Groups to support activities with financial institutions and supporting organisations around the world. Regional UNEP FI co-ordinators with a regional focus provide an opportunity for Signatories to interact and share knowledge and good practice with other members in the region, as well as with Signatories globally.

This provides a regional network and hub for innovation and expertise, as well as UNEP FI training, activities and events.

UNEP FI Regional Co-ordinators organise calls and meetings, share the initiative’s latest international research and tools, undertake surveys to understand local needs and sustainable finance agendas, engage members in projects, share good practice, establish networks across public and private sector stakeholders and facilitate Regional Roundtables.


Contact

Liesel van Ast
UNEP FI Signatory Relations Manager
regions [at] unepfi.org

23 September 2021

UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Latin America and Caribbean 2021: Highlights

The UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Latin America and Caribbean was held virtually from 31 August – 2 September 2021, and welcomed 1100+ participants and 40+ speakers to help define the role of banking, insurance and investment in shaping ambitious responsible and sustainable strategies to proactively address the challenges and opportunities of a green recovery whilst…

23 September 2021

Thailand flexes financial muscle to grapple with climate crisis

It is increasingly recognized that the finance and banking sectors can have a huge influence on the economy, through the way that they decide to invest in, and fund, businesses, and in Thailand, the UN is helping the government to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable finance.

9 July 2021

UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Asia Pacific 2021: Highlights

The UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Asia Pacific was held virtually from 1-3 June 2021, and welcomed 400+ participants and 30+ speakers to help define the role of banking, insurance and investment in shaping ambitious responsible strategies to proactively address the challenges and opportunities of a green recovery, whilst transitioning to a low-carbon, inclusive and…

8 July 2021

UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Africa and Middle East 2021: Highlights

The UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Africa and Middle East was held virtually on 22 and 23 June 2021, and welcomed 400+ participants and 30+ speakers to help define the role of banking, insurance and investment in shaping ambitious responsible strategies to proactively address the challenges and opportunities of a green recovery, whilst transitioning to…

6 July 2021

UNEP FI welcomes EU Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

On 6 July 2021, the European Union (EU) published its Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy, showcasing the areas of key development since the Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth was published in March 2018. The publication establishes the strategic priorities and next steps in terms of both legislative and non-legislative actions in the EU with a clear aim to support the EU Green Deal and the path to a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050.

2-4 March 2021 | Webinar

Integrating Human Rights into Risk Management: With Thai Govt Pension Fund and Thai Stock Exchange

For investors (institutional investors and asset managers), banks, financial regulators, other financial industry actors, and corporates in Thailand and in the region. The session guides participants in developing their understanding of what is human rights, what are some of the infringements seen in business activities in Thailand and internationally, and what are the best practices by investors and banks to protect human rights.

26 January 2021

26 banks test the application of the EU Taxonomy to core banking products

UNEP FI and the European Banking Federation (EBF) have launched a unique report assessing the extent to which the EU Taxonomy on Sustainable Activities could be applied to core banking products for labelling or disclosure purposes. This report is the result of a project with 26 major banks, seven banking associations and five observing organisations…

20 January 2021

New report sheds light on sustainable financing in Arab region and provides policy recommendations

A new report provides the first in-depth analysis of  sustainable finance practices in a part of the world most vulnerable to the effects of climate change: the Arab region. Issues such as water scarcity, rising sea levels, drought, land degradation and desertification will have serious repercussions for food, energy and water security in this area. Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals – in particular those that help deal with the interlinked water-energy-food challenges – will be key to build resilient, fairer economies.

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7-9 December 2021 | Virtual Event

Responsible Investor USA 2021

ESG regulatory changes are coming from all corners, proxy seasons becoming more bold, and financial institutions are grappling with diversity and inclusion within their own organisations at the same time as responding to fundamental change regarding racial equality and workplace equity in their portfolios. Will these changes suffice for the US to align its ESG…

28 October 2021 | Podcast

Podcast: Shaping a low carbon future – CEO dialogue

In this episode, Charles Emond, CEO of CDPQ and Guy Cormier, CEO of Desjardins address net zero targets, climate risks, greenwashing, systemic change, business opportunities and the energy transition with Nili Gilbert, Chair of the Investment Committee at the David Rockefeller Fund

27 September 2021 | Virtual event

Sustainable Thailand: Sustainable Investing, Sustainable Banking

Join this high-level roundtable on sustainable financing with the Government Pension Fund of Thailand and the Ministry of Finance. The event is aimed at institutional investors and banks and will discuss the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Banking.

15 September 2021 | Virtual Event

WCEF2021 Accelerator Session: Financing the Circular Economy Transition

The circular economy has significant potential to help meet global sustainability goals, address local environmental priorities, support net zero and climate change objectives, and deliver economic returns. However, the financing of circular solutions faces challenges. This World Circular Economy Forum 2021 (WCEF2021) Accelerator Session focussed on advancing and scaling up circular financing, from the global to the local…

4-8 October 2021 | Virtual Event

UNEP FI Regional Roundtable North America 2021

The UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for North America will be held as part of the first Sustainable Finance Summit with Finance Montreal on 4-8 October 2021. Find out more here.

21-30 September 2021 | Virtual Event

Sustainable Investment Forum North America 2021

The 6th annual Sustainable Investment Forum North America in partnership with UNEP-FI takes place in September 2021 alongside Climate Week NYC, with the mission to mobilise sustainable investment towards a 1.5 °C world. This year, the Forum is presented as a 4-part digital event series across 2 weeks as part of Climate Action’s Roadmap to COP26 campaign.

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Climate risk regulation in Africa’s financial sector and related private sector initiatives

This report highlights the state of climate risk regulation in Africa’s financial sector and presents an analysis of the financial stability architecture and climate risk initiatives in 12 selected deep-dive countries. It also highlights challenges hindering the integration of climate risk by financial sector authorities in Africa and offers potential areas of support for the key stakeholders in the finance ecosystem.

Greening the SMEs: Improving SME Access to Green Finance in Mauritius

This report offers a timely assessment of the access to, and the use of, green finance by SMEs in Mauritius. The study by extension evaluates the integration of sustainability in the business operations of SMEs in Mauritius, and explores applicable good practices and lessons from other countries and regions.

The Climate Risk Landscape: Mapping Climate-related Financial Risk Assessment Methodologies

The Climate Risk Landscape: Mapping Climate-related Financial Risk Assessment Methodologies provides a summary of the key developments across third party climate risk assessment providers since May 2019, including new and updated scenarios, methodological tools, key guidelines, as well as an overview of the changing regulatory landscape and potential developments into 2021. This report covers both…

气候风险概览:气候风险评估方法综述

《气候风险概览:气候风险评估方法综述》报告提供了2019年5月以来第三方气候风险评估服务提供商的主要发展情况,介绍了新开发的和更新的情景(scenario)、方法工具、关键指引;概述了监管环境和要求的变化以及2021年金融机构应关注的趋势和挑战。 下载中文

Promoting Sustainable Finance and Climate Finance in the Arab Region

This report analyses the climate change related risks countries in the Arab region are facing such as water scarcity, rising sea levels, drought, land degradation and desertification. It sheds light on the existing strategies and policies on climate adaptation and mitigation in the region, and emphasizes the importance of sustainable finance resources in transitioning to…

Cómo los bancos incorporan el cambio climático en su gestión de riesgos

This report aims to present the survey results of “How the Banks of Latin America and the Caribbean (in Spanish, ALC) incorporate climate change in their risk management,” which aligns with the first global initiative exploring what regional banks are doing to integrate dimensions of climate change in their strategy and management.

ESG data in China: recommendations for primary ESG indicators

    A new joint report by UNEP FI, PRI and SynTao Green Finance, launched in Shanghai on June 5, 2019, provides recommendations for China’s ESG disclosure framework, prepared by its financial regulators. This report is a follow-up from the Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China, and part of the Fiduciary Duty in the…

A Journey towards a sustainable financial system: Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Roadmap

The aim of this Roadmap is to set a vision and lay the groundwork to establish a comprehensive and far-reaching sustainable finance strategy contributing to the Agenda 2030 and towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This Roadmap is ambitious in terms of Luxembourg’s contributions to sustainable development and climate action, it is forward looking…

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Untangling Stakeholders for Broader Impact: ERISA Plans and ESG Incorporation

In September 2018, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and The Generation Foundation in collaboration with Godeke Consulting released Untangling Stakeholders for Broader Impact: ERISA Plans and ESG Incorporation. This report explores the United States private sector retirement market that is regulated through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of…