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NEW REPORT: Inquiry – Insights from Practice

Today, on the occasion of the IMF/WB Annual Meetings in Washington DC, the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System launches its second briefing, “Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development – Insights from Practice“. The briefing describes what we have found to date in our ground-level engagement in diverse country contexts from Bangladesh to Brazil, China, South Africa, the US and Europe, as well as setting out our initial scenarios work framing our analysis of what it takes to create a sustainable financial system.…

Summary of UN Climate Summit Op-eds and Blogs

Just in case you missed them, I published a number of op-eds and blogs before and after the UN Climate Summit to highlight the links through to the Inquiry`s agenda for a number of different constituencies.

First up was the 20th August China Daily article pre-UN Climate Summit.

Then was my and Nick Robins`s 11th September Guardian article on self interest and climate action.…

Selfishness for All?

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has just hosted a special UN Climate Summit in New York intended to spur action on climate change. Ban’s message was simple: Beyond the long-term shared benefits of such action, countries and businesses would benefit in the short term. Selfishness as a strategy to address the climate challenge does, however, have its limits. Ultimately, there is no substitute for social conscience and concerted action.…

UNSG Climate Summit: Celebration or Warning? (edited)

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will host a unique leadership event in New York on 23 September, bringing together more than 100 heads of state, along with chief executives, city mayors, and civil society and labour leaders, to spur renewed efforts on climate change.The Summit aims to underscore the message that acting on climate can advance the direct interests of nations, businesses and communities.…

Green or Greenspan

When forced to explain why so few anticipated the global financial crisis, former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan blamed in his Foreign Affairs article “Never Saw it Coming“, animal spirits, investors’ herding behavior, unimaginably large tail risks, and black swan events. When it comes time for global leaders to defend their decades of inaction on climate change, which is set to trigger an environmental and economic crisis on an unprecedented scale, their defense may well look a lot like Greenspan’s.…

Oil Assets @ Risk

Carbon Tracker Initiative`s new report, ‘Carbon supply cost curves: Evaluating financial risk to oil capital expenditures’, today reveals how many oil projects make neither economic nor climate sense. The risk analysis identifies that many higher cost oil projects are too far up the cost curve to fit within low demand, low price scenarios that would also limit oil-related emissions to within a carbon budget.…

Inquiry`s 100 Day Milestone

The 5th May is not only the anniversaries of when Kublai Khan became Emperor of the Mongol Empire in 1260 and when Napoleon died in exile on St Helena in 1821, but is the 100 day milestone of UNEP`s Inquiry into design options for a sustainable financial system.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, the Inquiry aims to identify policies and practices that can better align the financial system with the long term health of the real economy, supporting its shift to become more green and inclusive.…

Yes, We CAN Afford Sustainable Development (video of lecture)

From design to delivery to those who want to “watch the video”, below is the whole two hour Kapuschinski Development Lecture, with the intros, my lecture (minute 14.50 to 56.00), the response from UNDP`s Yannick Glamarec, to the extended discussion with folks in the room and through responses to a flow of twittered questions.



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Attached is the text of my speech for those who prefer a more peaceful read.…

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