Rebuilding a sustainable and inclusive recovery

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Covid-19 pandemic tragically impacted lives and livelihood. The focus for the sustainable financial community was on mitigating the immediate impact and helping communities face this unprecedented threat and economic disruption. As we shift our attention to the recovery and revitalizing the economy, the effort is focused on ”building back better” and taking the opportunity of the recovery plans in place to ensure a sustainable recovery that applies an environmental and social lens to growth. Building better with opportunities that can support an inclusive and sustainable transition to the new low-carbon economy. Learning from the previous Financial Crisis of 2008, governments globally are taking initiative and announcing green and sustainable stimulus or “green recovery” packages. How can the financial industry pivot the recovery towards a climate-resilient future that can aid the transition to a sustainable low-carbon inclusive economy, stimulate decent job creation and direct public expenditure and alignment towards long-term objectives. In this webinar, we will discuss the policy recommendations for North America and that entails for the finance industry. How banks, insurers and investors can align their response to build long-term and sustainable recovery and accelerate their transition. Guest Speakers: Eric Usher - UNEP Finance Initiative, Head Steven M. Rothstein - Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, Founding Managing Director Justin Ram - GSec and Justin Ram Advisory Services, Co-Founder and CEO Lavinia Barros, The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Head of Department, Strategic Planning Division Moderator: Layalee Ramahi - UNEP Finance Initiative, North America Network Coordinator

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United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between United Nations Environment and the global financial sector created in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit with a mission to promote sustainable finance. More than 240 financial institutions, including banks, insurers, and investors, work with UN Environment to understand today’s environmental, social and governance challenges, why they matter to finance, and how to actively participate in addressing them. UNEP FI’s work also includes a strong focus on policy – by facilitating country-level dialogues between finance practitioners, supervisors, regulators and policy-makers, and, at the international level, by promoting financial sector involvement in processes such as the global climate negotiations.