How stock exchanges can grow green finance

16 Nov, 2017
Bonn, Germany

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The Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative is convening a high-level dialogue on Green Finance alongside the 23rd United Nations climate summit (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. Bringing together ministers of finance, chief capital market regulators and CEOs of stock exchanges, investors and issuers, this leadership event will help chart the path forward for stock exchanges and their contribution to climate goals.

Following a year of unprecedented developments at the G20 and the Financial Stability Board, Green Finance has firmly found its place on the agendas of governments, stock exchanges, investors, issuers and international organizations.

Investors around the world are expressing serious concern about the potential impact of climate change on their portfolios. And investors are increasingly looking for new investment opportunities that will both enable and benefit from the global transition to green economies.

While it has become clear that stock exchanges, regulators, companies and investors all have an important role to play in promoting and facilitating the flow of finance to climate-aligned projects, many capital market leaders often find themselves navigating uncharted territory with Green Finance.

As conduits between issuers and investors, stock exchanges are uniquely placed to promote standards, guide both issuers and investors, and to enable the growth needed in green finance. However, to do this, stock exchanges require the appropriate tools, information and guidance.

Following a year of consultations with an international advisory group, the SSE will be launching a new guidance on green finance. This guidance will outline the role that exchanges can play in greening capital markets and promoting green financial products. It will identify clear action points and provide examples of best practice for use by stock exchanges worldwide.

This full day event will feature a high-level leadership forum in the morning where CEOs and government officials will discuss the challenges and opportunities of green finance. Following a networking lunch, the afternoon will feature four technical workshops where international experts will be on hand to share the latest state of the art in green finance.

NOTE: This is event already took place. The news release on this event can be found here.

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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.