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Inquiry Passes 1st Milestone

The Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System has passed its first milestone, and is alive and well. On 9th April, on the eve of the IMF/World Bank Spring, the World Bank hosted the Inquiry`s first Advisory Council meeting in Washington DC. The meeting, convened just 10 weeks into the Inquiry`s life, was designed to stress test and provide guidance on its fundamental scope and approach.…

Finance and the Real Economy

For those unconvinced that we need innovative and substantive financial policies and regulations to better align the financial system to its purpose of delivering capital to meet the needs of the real economy, I would encourage you to watch the video of the plenary panel on finance and the real economy at the recent annual event in Toronto of the Institute of New Economic Thinking and the Center for International Governance Innovation.…

Yes, We CAN Afford Sustainable Development (video of lecture)

From design to delivery to those who want to “watch the video”, below is the whole two hour Kapuschinski Development Lecture, with the intros, my lecture (minute 14.50 to 56.00), the response from UNDP`s Yannick Glamarec, to the extended discussion with folks in the room and through responses to a flow of twittered questions.

Live streaming video by Ustream

Attached is the text of my speech for those who prefer a more peaceful read.…

Kapuscinski Development Lecture

Thanks to many folks who made suggestions as to what i should say in tomorrow`s Kapuscinski Development Lecture in Helsinki on the topic of “can we afford sustainable development”.

Particular thanks to Sean Kidney who leads the Climate Bonds Initiative, Ian Christie, Yannick Glamarec (from UNDP who will be my respondent here tomorrow), Inquiry colleagues – Nick Robins and Mahenau Agha, and Mira Merme, who has more than anyone encouraged me to focus on financial markets.…

Can We Afford Sustainable Development?

Here I am again seeking advise. On the 26th February in Helsinki, I will deliver the Kapuschinski Development Lecture on the topic “can we afford sustainable development“. The question of course is what I should focus on in the lecture?

Some background. This will be my first speaking role as Co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry on the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, so obviously i need to spend some time on the financial policy and regulatory side.…

Goal Focused Growth

Inclusive, sustainable prosperity is the purpose of economic growth. Today, that purpose is not being adequately realized, creating social, political and economic tensions that must be addressed systemically rather than only symptomatically.

New GrowthProject Syndicate has published my most recent Opinion piece, Post-Growth Growth Models, focused on the need to invert our growth approach to link it to specific social and environmental goals.…

LAUNCHED: Ground-breaking Inquiry to promote a sustainable financial system

Today, the 23rd January, is a red letter day, as a ground-breaking Inquiry has been launched to identify, develop and promote ways to green financial markets. The Inquiry has been established by UNEP, building on its work on the green economy and the UNEP Finance Initiative.

The Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System will run over two years, engaging with central bankers, financial regulators, financial institution executives and others, drawing on best practice, commissioning and collaborating in research, and promoting dialogue at the national and international levels.…

Greening China`s Financial System

China and the international community need a financial system that effectively and efficiently supports the timely transition to a sustainable, and so green, economy. Until now, however, not a single nation has taken the step of even exploring what they would mean in practice. In fact not one of the many major reviews of financial markets undertaken since 2008 even mentions climate and the environment as a policy dimension of how the financial system should operate.…


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