,15-18 June: Organized by the UN Global Compact in partnership with UNEP and others, the Forum is the official private sector platform of Rio+20. UNEP FI is actively involved in Forum sessions held under the “economic and finance track” and dealing with issues such as the financial transition to a green economy, financing sustainable energy access for all, and the roles of insurance in climate change adaptation. Two sessions are UNEP FI-led:
- 17 June: “Green Gold: Financing the way forward” offers insights on how banks, insurers and investors support green business, technologies and industry and the transition to a green economy. The session will be underpinned by the finance chapter of UNEP’s Green Economy Report.
- 17 June: “From 1992 to 2012: Twenty years of sustainability mainstreaming in the financial sector” highlights progress and trends in embedding sustainability issues into financial institutions’ daily business strategies and operations. It will assess the last 20 years and evaluate challenges going forward.
One session is co-convened by UNEP FI, UNEP, and the Global Compact:
- 16 June: “Towards a Green and Resilient Economy: Addressing the climate-water nexus” explores how companies can integrate and build effective resilience measures into their business strategies, operations and throughout the value chain.
Finally, to commemorate UNEP FI’s 20th anniversary, UNEP FI member Itau Unibanco has generously partnered with the Secretariat to hold a toast to a successful two decades at a cocktail ceremony among members and the wider finance and sustainability community. In memory of the partnership’s creation at the original Rio summit in 1992, the cocktail ceremony will take place on the sidelines of the upcoming Rio+20 conference, in Brazil. Fittingly, the event’s focus will be on Latin America’s contribution to the field of sustainable finance. On the agenda are the launch of the results of a region-wide survey on banking and sustainability, namely La Sostenabilidad ambiental en el sector bancario de Latin America, and an announcement by Itau BBA on its new Environmental & Social Latin American Outreach Programme in partnership with IFC and IDB.