For more information, please contact the SSE team.
This year, the WIF 8th edition will take place in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 16 to 20 October. During the forum, the SSE initiative, in collaboration with its partners, will hold several sessions.
The UN SSE Global Dialogue
Held once every two years, the SSE Global Dialogue is the largest global gathering of stock exchange CEOs exclusively devoted to sustainable finance. As the SSE’s flagship event, the Global Dialogue brings together CEOs from the SSE’s 130 Partner Exchanges around the world. It is designed to bring together market leaders to analyse, promote and foster communication on stock exchanges’ sustainability initiatives. Attracting speakers and audience members from around the world, the SSE Global Dialogue has become the main global platform for convening dialogue on sustainable capital markets.
UN SSE Events at the UNCTAD World Investment Forum
Building on the Global Dialogue, the SSE organises a number of thematic high-level and technical sessions throughout the week of the Forum, including the following:
SSE Global Dialogue (CEO-level) from 10 to 1 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with UNGC, UNEP and PRI. The SSE flagship Global Dialogue is an over-30-person CEO-level Roundtable to discuss sustainability and the role of exchanges and their stakeholders.
Gender Equality in Corporate Leadership (CEO-level) from 3 to 6 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with IFC and UN Women. The event provides market leaders with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities to make greater contributions to achieving SDG 5 on gender equality. This session will examine the role of stock exchanges and other key market stakeholders in promoting gender equality in their markets.
Net Zero Finance: the role of exchanges (CEO-level) from 3 to 6 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with PRI and GFANZ. This is a high-level meeting of the exchange subgroup of the Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance. This meeting will document progress achieved since COP26 and set the agenda for the net zero activities of exchanges around the world.
Carbon Markets from 10 to 1 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with IOSCO. This session provides an overview of the types of carbon markets and the role exchanges and securities market regulators can play in making carbon markets work for climate action.
Sustainable Finance: Academic and practitioner dialogue from 10 to 1 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with Columbia University. A dynamic, moderated roundtable of capital market practitioners and academic thought leaders seeking to bridge the latest academic thinking to the cutting-edge challenges and opportunities that market practitioners face in the area of sustainable finance and management.
Finance for Human Rights from 3 to 6 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with United Nations University and Walk Free. This session features a discussion on forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery, in partnership with UN University Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative, industry representatives and civil society experts.
Stock Exchange action on climate disclosures from 3 to 6 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with IFC. This session will review the progress of exchanges’ market education activities, examining lessons learned, challenges and opportunities.
Arab capital markets Sustainable Finance dialogue from 10 to 1 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with the RCSF and AFCM. This session is co-organized with the Cairo-based Regional Center for Sustainable Finance (RCSF) and the Sustainability Committee of the Arab Federation of Capital Markets. The event will feature a dialogue on the specific sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by capital market participants in the Arab region.
Sustainability Reporting Standards and Regulations from 10 to 1 pm (Gulf Standard Time) in partnership with GRI. This session will explore the latest global trends in sustainability reporting policy and regulatory developments and discuss the consequences for listed companies.
Attendance at these in-person events is free of charge but registration is required. Registering once gives participants a pass to all the events. A list of hotels close to the conference facilities can be found here. Special hotel rates for WIF participants can be received by using the booking links in this document.
You can access entire WIF 2023 program here
SSE members and key stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in all SSE events. If you or your CEOs are planning to join us in Abu Dhabi, please feel free to reach out to the SSE team for assistance.
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.