The role of Sustainable Finance in the Decade of Action

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EBF, Sparebank 1 Østlandet, SEB, Jyske Bank, The RSA CDC Forum, FGV, Wespath Institutional Investments, PRI, UNEP FI

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Financial institutions are critical actors whose engagement is needed to reach society’s goals, meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, tackle the triple planetary crisis, and allow for positive outcomes in the post-COVID 19 pandemic recovery. These are all critical elements of leadership dialogues of Stockholm+50, complemented by strategic actions which look at accelerating the implementation of commitments for a future that addresses sustainability, inclusiveness, peace, and gender. The aim of this associate event is to assess the key role of financial institutions and the implementation of their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals and climate action under the UN-convened industry principles and net-zero alliances. The event will look at the targets they have set and how they are encouraging financial institutions to mobilise private finance for sustainable development, and effectively support governments and international organisations in these goals. Agenda: Opening remarks Panel 1 – What role do the Principles for Responsible Banking play in the Decade of Action? Panel 2 – The purpose of the financial system beyond 2030 Closing remarks Speakers: Wim Mijs, CEO, EBF Karoline Bakka Hjertø, Sustainability Manager, Sparebank 1 Østlandet Karl-Oskar Olming, Head of Sustainability Strategy and Policy, SEB Trine Lysholt Nørgaard, Director, Head of Investor Relations and Sustainability, Jyske Bank Annelise Vendramini, Coordinator of the Sustainable Finance Program, Centre for Sustainability Studies at FGV, and Member of the Civil Society Advisory Board, PRB Hari Mann, Professor, Hult International Business School, and Co-Chair, Royal Society of Arts CDC Forum Jake Barnett, Director, Sustainable Investment Stewardship, Wespath Institutional Investments Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI Johanna Dichtl, Sustainability Expert & PRB Implementation Support Manager, UNEP FI Rene Van Merrienboer, Acting Director, Sustainable Financial Systems, PRI
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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.