The third edition of the Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance/Latsis Forum 2016 will take place on the 22nd of March 2016. The conference will bring together investors, academics, policy makers and key stakeholders involved in the issue of sustainable finance. Hundreds of participants from more than 20 countries will attend this important meeting, one of the most influential of its kind.
Why sustainable finance? Because an estimated US$ 5-7 trillion a year will be needed until 2030 in order to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Building on the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21), governments from all over the world will be required to find cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and curb pollution. The international community made clear that private sector finance will have a key role to play in achieving a more inclusive and greener economy.
The Summit contributes to positioning Geneva as an international hub for sustainable finance. Connecting a leading financial centre with a unique network of international organizations and a vibrant academic community, Geneva is perfectly suited to become the international centre of excellence for sustainable finance.
After online registration, sessions will be open to the general public, delivered in English and articulated around the theme of «The Role of Finance in promoting Sustainable Development».
Selected through a competitive call for papers, the programme will include ten presentations delivered by researchers from seven countries and discussed by sustainable finance practitioners from several Swiss based sustainable finance organizations. Launched for the first time in Switzerland and presented by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a panel of experts will discuss the results of the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, to which the Swiss Government as well as Swiss key financial and academic players contributed. The project identifies how the rules and practices governing the financial sector might be reformed in order to attract significant financial flows into sectors and activities that advance sustainable development. The conclusions will be presented by Mr. Elliot Harris, Assistant to the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the UNEP Office in New York.
Mr. Tidjane Thiam, CEO Credit Suisse Group AG, will conclude the day with a keynote speech about the contribution of the banking sector to sustainable finance.
Organised by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and its Finance Research Institute (GFRI), in collaboration with Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), the conference is generously supported by the Fondation Latsis Internationale. To encourage research on sustainable finance, the Foundation will award a prize to the best study presented at the colloquium. In addition, Sustainable Finance Geneva will distinguish the most innovative contribution with the SFG Innovation Prize.