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None of Your Business – April Fools Day

Back in April 2013, I announced the success of a set of scientific trials to bottle Beijing pollution in small inhalers to help people in the transition to a clean air, oxygen rich environment. It has to be said there was considerable interest in the announcement and many requests for references to the underlying technical papers.

In late March 2015, I offered Martin Wolf of the Financial Times a piece focused on a deal made between Greece and China involving the paying down of Greece’s entire sovereign debt in return for the establishment of the country as a major technology hub for China to operate within the European trading zone.…

None of Your Business

London: today, at 00.01 GMT, a powerful new force was launched in efforts to address some of the world’s trickiest problems. None of Your Business, known affectionately as the N20 and not to be confused with Salt-n-Pepa’s fourth studio album, is a new, innovative and potentially catalytic partnership made up of key partners. Its declared mission is to promote initiatives that address the urgent needs of their stakeholders and are expressions of their autonomous, self-empowering interests and energies.…

Green Digital Finance Alliance – LAUNCHED

Davos, 20 January, 2017 – the ‘Green Digital Finance Alliance‘, a ground-breaking initiative to harness digital technologies in catalyzing financing that addresses global environmental challenges, was launched today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland by its two founders, Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Financial), China’s leading online and mobile financial services provider, and UN Environment.…

SMU Tri-Sector Collaboration – Student Briefing (Version 7.0)

I am teaching the “Partnership Mindset” module of the SMU’s MSc Tri-Sector Collaboration on 10th to 14th January, 2017, in Singapore. This posting serves to inform, students, relevant facility and others about the module, including about me (my short bio), and also provide links to some of the basic material you may want to review in advance of our face-to-face time.…

Year of Green Finance (2) – UN

On 6th December in New York, at the residence of Canada’s Permanent Representative to the UN, a new initiative was launched, the ‘Group of Friends on SDG Financing’, co-Chaired by the Canadian and Jamaican Ambassadors. Comprising about 30 Permanent Representatives, the initiative will seek to raise awareness and promote collective action, leveraging the strengths of the United Nations.

The following day, the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, hosted a broader meeting of member state representatives on the topic of sustainable finance, and so initiated a stream of events and discussions on the topic under his leadership, building on his visible championing of the topic in the Inquiry’s briefing launched at the time of the General Assembly in September, “Financing Sustainable Development: Moving from Momentum to Transformation in a Time of Turmoil”.…

Year of Green Finance (1) – Fintech

As 2016 draws to a close, it has to be worth a blog or two to reflect on some of the developments this year that are not about the US elections – what at its outset we dubbed ‘the year of green finance’.

So let me start at the end, and let you know that UNEP Inquiry has just launched a new report on ‘fintech and sustainable development’.…


Washington DC: dawn on the 9th November 2017, inbox full of emails from a world of liberals who will never again be confident in American democracy and who remember the collective pasts where the basic decency of citizens was no longer to be relied on with ensuing catastrophe … the many good friends who said it could never happen, would never happen … fear and anger has won the day, the profound ignorance of the elite has once again been revealed in its terrible glory.…

Tri-Sector Forum – Singapore

From Washington to Singapore, where this coming week (28th April) the Singapore Management University is hosting the Tri-Sector Forum 2016. Grounded on the Tri-Sector Collaboration masters course on which I teach as a visiting prof., led by Ann Florini, who invented this ground-breaking course.

The session I am running is on the collaborative dynamics of efforts to align the financial system with the needs of sustainable development, building of course on the work of the UNEP Inquiry.…

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