In the run-up of the COP21, I4CE recommends the UNEP-FI general assembly

5 October 2015 - Foreword of the week

The Annual General Meeting of the Finance Initiative of the UN Environment Program will take place in Paris the next 12-13 October. It will focus on on the role of finance in sustainable development and climate change.

Two discussion sessions will be opened to non-members and will focus on:

  • One session on Environmental and Social Risk Management
  • One session on the UN sustainable development goals

In the run-up to COP21, it is another occasion to build momentum for the financial sector on climate change and sustainable development issues.


For more information and to register, go on UNEP-FI website.

Environmental and Social Risk Management Tools for Financial Institutions

Monday, 12 October 2015, 8:30-10:00 | Public Breakfast Meeting

This session will showcase the tools, methodologies and frameworks developed by UNEP FI for financial institutions to better manage emerging environmental and social risks.

  • Climate change risk: GHG accounting and performance methodologies
    Presenters: Marisa Buchanan, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Water scarcity risk: Corporate bond tool and equity tool
    Presenters: Marcos Mancini, Director of Sustainable Banking, Banorte (TBC) and a speaker from Bloomberg (TBC)
  • Land use risk: Deforestation Value at Risk tool
    Presenter: Iain Henderson, UNEP FI REDD+ and Sustainable Land Use Coordinator
  • Natural disaster & climate risk: UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Global Risk Map
    Presenter: Butch Bacani, UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Coordinator
  • Human Rights risk: basic human rights risk management in banking tool
    Presenter: Philippa Birtwell, Head of Reputation Risk Management, Barclays PLC

Q&A: What is the future of tool development in the financial sector and at UNEP FI?

Moderator: Eric Usher, Acting Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
MC: Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor Magazine

UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Market Event

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 09:00 – 12:30

Creating Financial Sector Momentum Towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & COP21

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 13:30-17:30

This meeting will explore the role, potential and needs of the financial system in meeting the SDGs and climate change ambitions. It is being held in partnership with the Responsible Investor magazine, and will be hosted by Amundi.

13:30 – 14:00 | Registration/Coffee

14:00 – 15:30 | Part 1: High-level Panel Discussion on SDGs

What is the role of the financial sector in achieving the SDGs?

  • Financial system-level perspective – Global Report of the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
  • Sector perspectives:
    • Positive Impact Manifesto
    • PSI Insurance Industry Commitments to Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

Opening Speaker

  • Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations – (via live video link)

High-level Panelists

  • Henri de Castries, Chairman & CEO, AXA Group (TBC)
  • Saker Nusseibeh, CEO, Hermes Investment Management
  • Nick Robins, Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
  • Didier Valet, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management, Securities Services, Société Générale (TBC)

Moderator: David Pitt-Watson, UNEP FI Global Steering Committee (GSC) Co-Chair
MC: Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor Magazine

15:30 – 16:00 | Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30 | Part 2: High-level Panel Discussion on COP21

  • Why do financial institutions need effective public action on climate change, including a successful COP21 and beyond?
  • What are the policy and regulatory frameworks required for determined climate action?
  • What’s the existing financial sector leadership? Why is it important and what impact has it delivered?

Opening Speaker (via live video link)

  • Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNEP FI response from the Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG)

  • Karsten Löffler, Managing Director, Allianz Climate Solutions

High-level Panelists

  • Mats Andersson, CEO, AP4
  • Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Remy Rioux, Secrétaire Général Adjoint du Ministère, en Charges des Affaires Economiques (TBC)
  • Purna R. Saggurti, Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (TBC)

Moderator: David Pitt-Watson, UNEP FI Global Steering Committee (GSC) Co-Chair
MC: Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor Magazine

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