simon zadek

Davos: Shorting the Great Transition?

As the BRICS tumble and much of the OECD meanders in the economic wilderness, George Soros’s predictions of a global crash should give us cause for concern, given his high-scoring predictive track record. Clearly action is needed as the global economy slows and recent gains in livelihood stability are threatened. But do such crashes actually stop or redirect the underlying direction of travel?…

Year of Green Finance – 2016

It is the Year of Green Finance, as my co-Director Nick Robins points out in a recent Huffington Post piece – The Year of Green Finance – a View from London. Nick was writing on the occasion of a high profile launch of the UNEP Inquiry report, The Financial System We Need, hosted by the Corporation of London, with many CEO’s and ministerial level folks from the UK Government in attendance.…

Small Change

So COP21 in Paris is off to a great start, many positive commitments, and overall a strong sense that a deal is in the making, although there are many days and nights to go before this might be realized.

One of tens of thousands of contributions prepared in advance of Paris is a book entitled, Vision 2100, which contains a wealth of vignettes from many of my heroes and heroines, including Mary Robinson and Christiana Figueres.

Beyond the Countdown: Inquiry Live!

As you know, the UNEP Inquiry`s global report, “The Financial System We Need: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development” is out.

But in addition to the report, we simultaneously launched on 8th October Inquiry Live!, a new web portal dedicated to providing knowledge about progress in advancing a sustainable financial system.

Inquiry Live provides the Full Report and Policy Summary of “The Financial System We Need” in seven languages.…

LAUNCHED ! Inquiry Report … and an unexected announcement

So its done – at 15.00 Peru time on 8th October 2015 at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings, “The Financial System We Want” was launched on an unsuspecting world. In amidst a cacophony of other events featuring the great and the even greater, the large space was packed out – standing room only. Achim Steiner spoke with passion about what the Inquiry had discovered over its two year journey – the Quiet Revolution – and the potential of this newly mapped space to shift the trillions needed to finance sustainable development.…

Countdown: Partner-based Knowledge Development

Repacking my over-used bags – this time for Lima for the launch of the Inquiry`s global report.

The report, entitled The Financial System We Want: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development, is an elegant but hefty 90 pages, excluding a lengthy bibliography that is published separately. Luckily for super-busy folks, there is a stand alone Policy Briefing of just under 10 pages, and to ensure a wider readership, everything is being produced in 7 languages, six being the official UN languages – Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Russian and Spanish – and Portuguese.…

Countdown: 4 Days to Inquiry Live!

When the hour arrives, we will have a great line up in Lima to ring in the Inquiry`s global report, entitled, “The Financial System We Need”. World Bank President, Jim Kim, will open the event, UNEP`s boss and Inquiry champion, Achim Steiner, will spend a few minutes highlighting key findings and implications, and then the panel discussion will begin.

First up will be Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and very visible in recent days after releasing a prudential review of climate risk to the UK`s insurance sector, chairing the first ever climate-focused meeting of the Financial Stability Board in London, and giving a high profile speech on the urgency of addressing climate change by a “sweeping reallocation” of resources.…

Moment in Time

Two days closer to the launch of the UNEP Inquiry`s global report, on the 8th October in Lima, and I want to share some thoughts about why the present moment may be right to progress financial and capital market reform with sustainable development in mind.

Four specific factors make the current moment in time an unusual, if not historic, opportunity where change is possible to better align the financial system with the needs of sustainable development:


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