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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:


Leading Lights in Greening Financial Markets

Over the last 20 months, the UNEP Inquiry has discovered a host of policy and regulatory innovations seeking to drive sustainable development into the fabric of financial and capital markets – the financial system. But innovations do not rain down from the heavens or arise through heavenly mandate, despite conventional wisdom – they are the quintessential expression of that inexhaustible human resource – inspiration, commitment and creativity.…

UNEP Inquiry Launch !

On 8th October, 14.30 Lima time, the global report of the UNEP Inquiry will be launched at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings. Its been a journey, kicked off on the 26th January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Twenty months later, we have completed deep dives in upwards of 15 countries, hosted, co-hosted and participated in over 100 events, and have more than 50 working papers in the pipeline (many already published) together with upwards of 45 partners from central banks and regulators to research institutes and think tanks, credit rating agencies and many financial institutions and business associations.…

Beyond the 2008 Fix

Last Friday`s Paris Symposium entitled `New Rules for New Horizons: Reshaping Finance for Sustainability`, was a resounding success, co-hosted by the UNEP Inquiry and AXA. The accompanying op-ed, co-authored by myself and Christian Thimann, was widely published, and is copied below.

Finance needs to re-establish its role in serving the needs of an inclusive, sustainable economy. Policy and regulatory interventions following the financial crisis can help, by improving oversight and reducing dangerous levels of systemic risks.…

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