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China`s Big Move in Greening Financial System

The bilingual synthesis report “Greening China`s Financial System“, has been launched at the prestigious China Development Forum in Beijing. Co-authored by myself, it summarizing the fruits of almost two years work in China by the Development Research Center of the State Council, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and with the UNEP Inquiry, along with an extensive group of Chinese and international experts.…

Chinese Outward Investment and Sustainability. Request for Reviewers

One spill over from my time in Beijing is my support to an extensive literature review about the nexus of Chinese outward investment and sustainability being led by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, with which I am still a senior fellow, under the institutional leadership of Mark Halle based out of Geneva, on behalf of the UNDP, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.…

No Excuses: Leverage the Present

A rapid, smooth, and purposeful transition toward sustainable development is unlikely. Indeed, throughout human history, such major changes have more often been forced upon the world by circumstances, with leaders focusing on shorter-term concerns like political turmoil or economic stagnation until serious disruptions to their economies and societies arise. But this need not be the case.

My latest op-ed, “Harnessing Disruption for Sustainability“, syndicated through Project Syndicate, argues that policymakers can and must develop solutions that leverage immediate challenges to accelerate the shift toward a more sustainable, inclusive future, providing examples not surprisingly from the work of the UNEP Inquiry, summarized in the latest briefing, “Pathways to Scale“.…

@Davos – Alchemy of Government

Davos is done, once again – the greatest show on earth is dismantled for another year, and thousands return to their desks, planes and, hopefully, their families. My Davos was brilliant. The UNEP Inquiry was massively validated in sessions, dinners and bilaterals, notably the private dinner we co-hosted with the French Government with speakers including Minister Fabius (French foreign minister and COP Chair), Governor Carney (Bank of England), Governor N`Dungu (Central Bank of Kenya), Lord Adair Turner and Rachel Kyte from the World Bank.…

Making the Unlikely Happen: Transforming Finance

The UNEP Inquiry will be in Davos again this year. We will co-host a high-level dinner with the French Government about aligning financial systems with sustainable development, talk to many folks, and participate in a number of of green finance events, leveraging the disruptive potential of being up the magic mountain.

D3 - CoverOn the occasion of Davos, we will be releasing our third progress report, “Pathways to Scale”, exploring the `how`of making changes to finance.…

Disrupting Davos

Davos is with us again. Thousands of people will scale the magic mountain and debate the world`s most gripping challenges, protected by an equal if not greater number of Swiss military and police.

My Davos this year is intended to advance the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System, more on which in my next blog.

My most recent article, Disrupting Davos, published by the Huffington Post, explores the question of whether and if so how Davos can be a disruptive accelerator of progressive initiatives.…

The Last New Year?

Although emails are rarely welcomed in the festive season, one today just to greet you all, and to hope that you will experience as you would wish the turning of the clock into a new year.

Whilst some of you are certainly well-informed, I did find myself wondering with my 10 year old daughter, Solongo, why the new year is on the 1st January, and when such a funny idea of a new year started at all.…

A Festive Inquiry @ 320 Days

As some of us move to year end, and all of us hopefully get a break or at least temporary slow down in the intensive work flow, I wanted to highlight a few of the Inquiry`s outputs that punctuate what for us has been an extraordinary journey to date.


We began our work on the 26th January 2014 on the tailwinds of the World Economic Forum in Davos, more or less 330 days ago, or 230 official work days (if only!).…

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