LAUNCHING A GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT (in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF))

18 Oct 2021
12:30-13:30

LAUNCHING A GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT (in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF))

This registration is for the all sessions of the 7th WIF 2021. All events occur in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2).

 

Date: Monday, 18 October 2021
Time: 12:30-13:30

Integrating finance and policy to unlock investment flows

Global foreign direct investment flows (FDI) fell by 35% in 2020, yet at the same time the pool of capital destined for environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investments grew to almost $2 trillion. The challenge is therefore not a dearth of capital, but bottlenecks to such capital flowing to productive investments where they are needed. There is thus an opportunity to integrate policy reform and finance mobilization to unlock investment flows given that these are symbiotically connected: policy reforms can attract new capital flows, while the existence of capital waiting to flow can motivate policy reforms.

This high-level session will discuss launching a new global alliance to Enable Action on Sustainable Investment (EASI) to tackle these bottlenecks and grow sustainable investment flows. It would do so by launching national and regional ‘pathway projects’ around the world that systematically identify and address bottlenecks to sustainable investment through public-private collaboration, learning from and building on the successful model of the existing Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF), which has been carrying project to facilitate trade for the past five years.

UNCTAD and the WEF are partnering on this new initiative, with other relevant actors welcome to join and help shape it.

Issues to be addressed:

  • Which regions, economies, or sectors should be prioritized for projects to be established?
  • How should sustainability goals be integrated into project design and implementation?
  • What mechanisms are needed to ensure complementarity with ongoing initiatives?

Event Manager: Mr. Alexandre Dabbou

Contact email: Alexandre.dabbou@unctad.org