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The Secret Life of Green Finance

Thought you might be tickled by the piece penned by me just published by ThomsonReuters entitled “The Secret Life of Green Finance

Please do send it on to others as you see fit.…

Inquiry Heads to New York

I wanted to bring you up to date with a recent development of my role in the UN Environment Inquiry’s work plan and goals. Starting last week, I am on temporary secondment to the Office of the Secretary General in New York to support the Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohamed, in formulating a UN strategy for its contribution to ensuring the effective financing of the 2030 Agenda.…

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’.…

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