SSE participates in new network to build sustainable financial centres

28 September 2017

(28 September 2017, Casablanca) The United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative took part in the inaugural meeting of financial centres harnessing expertise to drive action on climate change and sustainable development. A group of the world’s leading financial centres agreed at the meeting to taking strategic action on green and sustainable finance.

“Cooperation on sustainable finance is not only essential, it is also very possible, as this new network shows. The network has the potential to drive a step change in sustainable finance in the year ahead,” said Nick Robins, Co-director of the UN Environment Inquiry in the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.

The meeting was hosted by the Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA) and the UN Environment Inquiry, working in association with Italy’s Ministry of the Environment and Morocco’s presidency of the COP22 climate conference.

The SSE was highlighted in the background document as a strategic partner initiative for this network and an example to follow. “The network could usefully build on the SSE’s track record, taking a broader ecosystem approach across different financial centres,” the background note said.

At the inaugural meeting, representatives from 15 financial centres, which includes Astana, Casablanca, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Paris, Qatar, Shanghai, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich, signed the Casablanca Statement agreeing to:

  • Promote strategic action in their financial centres on green and sustainable finance;
  • Share knowledge to build human capacity, including on measuring the financial centre contribution to climate action and sustainable development;
  • Cooperate on expanding the supply of green assets and products;
  • Work with city, regional, national and international policymakers to build positive conditions for green and sustainable finance; and
  • Launch the international network of financial centres for sustainability and help in its operationalization.

The SSE moderated a panel on expanding the supply of green assets and products where panelists urged the network to collaborate on pooling assets, leveling the playing field for sustainable and green products, and developing working groups for skills sharing and development.

The network participants expressed their keen interest in involving SSE partner exchanges worldwide. (If your exchange would like to know more about the opportunities related to this network, please contact the SSE at

Statements from the financial centre representatives include:


“The leadership and commitment displayed by financial centers gathered in Casablanca gives me confidence that we can increase capital flows to vital areas on the African continent, in sustainable agriculture and clean energy notably. Our vision is to establish Casablanca as a hub for green finance dedicated to Africa.” – Said Ibrahimi, CEO, Casablanca Finance City Authority


“London is committed to working with other financial centres to grow the global market for green finance. This new network can help leverage the world’s capital markets in pursuit of climate change mitigation by sharing best practice and agreeing on common principles.” – Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Green Finance Initiative


“The current momentum is exceptional to make finance commit to more sustainable and inclusive growth. Paris wishes to connect the expertise of its ecosystem with this new network of financial centres. There is much we can do together to shift the trillions.” – Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova and chair of Paris’ Finance for Tomorrow initiative


“Shanghai wants to rapidly and solidly expand green finance practice and is excited to work with other financial centres in the network which is creative for green finance development from early stage covering internationalization and balance simultaneously.” – Kong Wei, Convenor of the Lujiazui Financial City Green Finance Committee in Shanghai

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.