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

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.

1 October 2020

European Commission appoints Platform on Sustainable Finance, includes UNEP FI

The European Commission published today the list of members of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, which includes UNEP FI. The Platform brings together experts from civil society organizations, academia, and the business and finance sector to develop sustainable finance policies and tools to tackle the urgency of the sustainability transition. For the next 2 years the…

27 February 2020

UNEP FI members recognised at ESG Finance Awards Japan 2019

Under the leadership of the Environment Minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan in 2019 established the “ESG Finance Awards Japan” to salute private sector initiatives aiming to create outstanding impacts on the environment and society. The Ministry has a long track record of being a strong advocate for ESG finance and…

6 December 2019

Canadian Members of UNEP FI Sign Statement of Support to the Final Report of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance

Several Canadian members of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative support the final recommendations of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance – Mobilizing Finance for Sustainable Growth. A statement that affirms financial institutions commitment to support the transition to a sustainable economy. The membership-led effort convened twelve organizations to affirm their commitment to mobilize…

5 December 2019

UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Europe 2019: Highlights

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Luxembourg for Finance (LFF) and Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) joined forces for three days to welcome over 500 sustainable finance professionals to Luxembourg on 28-30 November 2019. The events, co-hosted by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance and Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, created a…

8-31 March 2021

Workshops: Climate Risks and TCFD for banks in Egypt and Tunisia

For banks in Egypt and Tunisia, join our series of workshops will provide you with a better understanding of physical and transition risks as well as climate risk methodologies and tools to strengthen your bank’s resilience and help implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

16 February 2021 | Webinar

Outlook for North America Climate Policy & Impact on Sustainable Finance Agenda

As the United States rejoins Paris, what are the key areas of policy to focus on for the financial sector, how will that increase ambition on emission reduction targets. What are the key regulatory changes and key issues for sustainable finance, how to navigate the environment, assess the challenges and opportunities across sectors? Join us for a discussion on the policy landscape and other key focus areas in this climate ambition year.

26 November 2020 | Webinar

Dialogues about the implementation of Principles for Responsible Banking for LAC

Tenemos el agrado de invitarle al webinar “Diálogos sobre la Implementación de los Principios de Banca Responsable en LAC: Clientes y usuarios“, en el cual se presentarán y discutirán los siguientes temas: Principios de Banca Responsable y el Principio #3 – Clientes y usuarios Involucrando los clientes hacia la sostenibilidad Perspectiva de expertos y practicantes:…

17 November 2020 | Webinar

Webinar: Managing impacts and developing positive impact finance products

Financial regulators and policy makers in South East Asia are increasingly turning to financial institutions to support their national sustainable development plans and the growing ESG investor community are expecting banks and businesses to contribute to societal goals such as the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. But how does a bank know and show…

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…

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Ireland Roadmap

In June 2018, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and The Generation Foundation in collaboration with SIF Ireland, Ireland’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum, released the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century Ireland Roadmap. The report provides clear recommendations on policy and market changes required to achieve full ESG integration into…

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Germany Roadmap

The PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation have published the Germany Roadmap which builds on the report Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century. Many industry experts involved in this study indicated that ESG integration in Germany is on average less advanced than in neighbouring France, the Netherlands, the UK and Scandinavia. Despite this, momentum…

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – South Africa Roadmap

The PRI, The Generation Foundation and UNEP FI have launched a series of roadmaps as part of the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century initiative. The publications are the culmination of extensive consultation with regulators, investors, policy makers and attorneys across the countries. They make a series of recommendations to enable the market-wide adoption of…