UNEP FI and Casablanca Finance City held the regional launch of the Positive Impact initiative and the Principles for Positive Impact Finance on July 6th 2017 in Casablanca.

With the participation of Salaheddine Mezouar, President of the COP 22 Steering Committee, Mustapha Bakkoury, President of the Casablanca-Settat region & Chairman, MASEN, as well as Nizar Baraka, Chairman, Economic, Social and Environmental Council  of Morocco (ESEC), in addition to high-level representatives from the financial sector, this unique event gathered approximately 100 participants including commercial banks, investors, insurers, corporations, rating agencies, analysts, auditors and public sector representatives from central and municipal governments, multilateral and development banks, as well as UN bodies.

This first African launch constitutes the beginning of a broad movement for the mobilisation of the private sector in relation to sustainable development in Morocco and in Africa.

The specific objectives of the launch were to:

  • Clarify the financing issue of the sustainable development agenda
  • Present the Positive Impact initiative (including the Principles for Positive Impact Finance) in the Moroccan and broader African context
  • Gather support from relevant stakeholders for the implementation and promotion of the Principles and the broader Positive Impact Initiative in Morocco and in Africa
  • Discuss potential Sustainable Development Goal finance pilot projects for Morocco and the African continent.

Download the Programme here.

Download the Press Release here (in French).

Find out more about the Positive Impact initiative here.