‘Lights out’ were the calls heard around the world for the sixth Earth Hour held this late March.
The initiative started by the World Wildlife Fund is a striking symbol that gives us a measure of how far the world has come since ‘environment’ and ‘sustainability’ were considered emerging issues, only two decades ago.
Less visible and therefore less understood by the public at large, and by some policy-makers too, is how the financial sector can play a role in ‘environment’ and ‘sustainability’. Finance is somewhat opaque as it stands, and much more with the added dimension of sustainability.
The formidable challenge this represents is in part what drives us, at UNEP FI, to speak about sustainable finance. One of our goals is to shed a bright light on the issue, and to propel it into the public debate.
A major step to achieving this will be the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, at which UNEP FI will chip into global efforts to catalyze sustainability with its unique financial perspective on all aspects of this debate.
This edition of our newsletter offers you a glimpse of our events in the pipeline for Rio+20. It will, hopefully, tickle your curiosity about them.
We very much hope to see you in Rio this June to join the global effort to shape the future we want.
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