SSE Leaders Luncheon – Sustainable Development Goals

24 Sep, 2015
New York, NY, USA

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On the eve of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this event is designed to bring together capital market leaders to discuss the role they can play in supporting the achievement of these goals.

The SDGs will shape and focus on the global agenda for the next 15 years. The world’s leaders have committed to achieving these ambitious goals, but their achievement will not be possible without concerted efforts from the private sector and new policy frameworks to support responsible investment in sustainable development.

Covering a broad range of environmental and social targets, the SDGs will require the support of all members of society, from governments and public officials to companies and private sector leaders. Stock exchanges and capital market participants have a critical role to play in making this agenda a reality.

This high-level dialogue included CEOs from SSE Partner Exchanges, institutional investors and listed companies, joining public policy leaders from international organizations and national governments. All participants had an opportunity to speak and engage with their peers on the critical question of how markets can support sustainable development.

The SSE Leaders Luncheon helped to set the agenda for how capital market actors can support the SDGs in the coming years. From sustainability reporting and mobilizing finance to gender equality and global partnerships, stock markets have an important role to play in promoting good corporate practices and facilitating investment in sustainable development.


Key questions addressed at this SSE Dialogue included:

  • What role can stock exchanges, regulators and investors play to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities for promoting sustainable development through capital markets?
  • What next steps can be taken by policymakers, regulators, investors, companies and exchanges collectively? What are the key roles for each actor?
  • What regional and national policy options are available to reinforce existing best practices?


NOTE: This 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.