Exchange in Focus: Euronext opens markets in Paris with a call for urgent action for sustainable finance

27 November 2018

(27 November 2018, Paris) Euronext opened financial markets on 27 November 2018 in support of the Climate Finance Week in Paris dedicated to delivering a sustainable financial system with the UNEP FI Global Roundtable and the 4th Climate Finance Day. Euronext Group joined the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative in 2015 with the objective to further support the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, and enhance corporate transparency in France and throughout European markets. “Euronext is carrying the burden of History, by showing the way to capital markets, to the world, it also bears the responsibility to lead markets into the transition,” said Satya Tripathi, Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at United Nations Environment Programme. ‘This week the UNEP FI Global Roundtable and the Climate Finance Day bring together over 900 financial market stakeholders collaborating and innovating for more societal and environmental impact. We are very pleased to count on Euronext’s leadership to help European markets with our sustainability agenda. Together with the Euronext Group, 79 stock exchanges have joined the SSE initiative from across the world, demonstrating global awareness, and the urgency to act.’ said Eric Usher, head of UNEP-FI and SSE Governing Board Member.

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.