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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.…

22 April 2016, Earth Day – Stop Press – Calls to Reset Financial System in Pursuit of Sustainable Development

The IMF Spring Meetings last week was a red-letter week in progressing The Financial System We Need. Yes, it was a week when the UNEP Inquiry’s core messages went mainstream in style.

It was the week when Hank Paulson, ex-head of US Treasury with Governor of China’s Central Bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, got together at an event co-hosted by the UNEP Inquiry and the Paulson Institute and declared to an assembly of financial market heavyweights that green finance is critical to our collective futures and core to the development of tomorrow’s financial system.…

Fintech and Sustainable Development

UNEP’s “The Financial System We Need” marks a significant step forward but is nevertheless wrong or at least inadequate in (at least) one major respect. The financial system is under-going profound change that has not been addressed in UNEP’s work to date. In part these changes result from the policy and regulatory moves following in the wake of the financial crisis.…

Gearshift: G20 Commits to Exploring How to Scale Green Finance

Shanghai, 27th February … the world’s finance ministers and central bank governors are gathered under China’s G20 Presidency, accompanied by the heads of major international organizations responsible for steering the stability and success of the global economy and financial system. Two days of tough talks behind them already focused on slowing growth, weak employment data and the dangers of a re-emergence of turmoil in financial markets.…

Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Outward Direct Investment: Setting the Record Straight

Yesterday, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, of which I remain a senior fellow, launched a new piece of work, Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Outward Direct Investment: A Review of the Literature. The paper, co-authored by myself with colleagues from China, Europe and Latin America, is right now the world’s most extensive review of the literature on this topic, with upwards of 400 distinct pieces having been reviewed in Mandarin, French, English and Spanish.…

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.…

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