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High-level conference: A global approach to sustainable finance

21 March 2019 08:30 – 12:00
Alcide de Gasperi (GASP) room, Charlemagne building Rue de la Loi 170 1040 Brussels Belgium

The European Commission is organising its second high-level conference on sustainable finance with the objective of encouraging a global approach to sustainable finance.

The world faces a serious investment gap in delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The OECD estimates that $6.9 trillion of annual investment in energy, transport, buildings and water infrastructure would be required over the next 15 years to be consistent with the 2° scenario as set in the Paris Agreement. Even higher investment levels will be necessary to cap global warming at 1.5° Celsius as recommended by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and to achieve a net-zero greenhouse gas economy that the EU is targeting in its long-term strategy for 2050.

Public funds will obviously not be sufficient to meet these investment needs. The financial sector has therefore a critical role to play to close this investment gap. Mobilising private investors to finance sustainable projects on a global scale is therefore indispensable for reaching tangible results in the fight against climate change, environmental degradation and social inequalities. The EU aims to be at the forefront of coordinating international efforts towards building a coherent financial system that supports global sustainable growth. To this end, the Commission presented an ambitious action plan on financing sustainable growth in March 2018. A year later, many other jurisdictions are deploying similar initiatives.

High-level conference: A global approach to sustainable finance


Hosted by President Juncker and Vice-President Dombrovskis, the speakers invited to lead the policy debates will notably include Heads of State or Government, Ministers of Finance from jurisdictions worldwide (from Asia, Africa and North and South America), Chairs of EU and international organisations as well as Chief Executive Officers of financial institutions and multi-national companies.

It will provide the opportunity to embrace a common vision and a strong commitment towards a coherent international financial system that supports channelling private capital towards sustainable projects. It will be an occasion to discuss how to best scale up sustainable finance globally and how to best achieve international coordination among governments, financial market participants and multi-national companies.

The programme is organised around the following three themes

  • Session 1: Financing sustainable global growth: the need for international coordination.

  • Session 2: How to substantially deploy private capital towards sustainable investments?

  • Session 3: Digitalisation as part of the solution to mobilising sustainable finance across the globe.

Register here before 11/03.

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