International Sustainable Finance Regulation Conference

Raising the bar: Sustainable finance regulations for a changing world
In partnership with PRI
Session Type
Session Themes
Sustainable Finance
Room number
Hall 2 Room 4
Contact Email
18 October 2023
13:30 - 15:30 Abu Dhabi

Capital markets can play a crucial role in filling the financing gap for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. In the last few years, increasing awareness of urgency of the SDGs and of the risks associated with climate change has led to accelerating growth of sustainable finance and a surge in sustainability-themed financial products.

In response, governments in both developed and developing countries have been stepping up their efforts to put the necessary regulatory framework and policy measures in place. These aim to create a viable ecosystem to support the growth of sustainable financial markets and magnify their impact on sustainable development.

However, the proliferation of regulations and policy measures across countries has led to fragmentation and lack of consistency and interoperability among regulations and policies, making it increasingly difficult for investors to navigate. Meanwhile, many developing countries, which remain largely unserved by sustainable finance, face technical and capacity gaps in the development or adoption of new regulations.

This event, jointly organized by UNCTAD and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), will bring together international organizations, regulators, standard setters, senior executives of investment institutions, and other stakeholders to take stock of the challenges and opportunities created by sustainable finance regulations.

Session themes:

  • What are the latest developments, trends and challenges in sustainable finance regulation?
  • How can regulations better facilitate climate finance and ensure a just transition?
  • How can regulations be harmonized globally, taking into account the needs of developing economies?


Ambassador of the European Union to the United Arabic Emirates
Chief Executive Officer, Brazilian Financial and Capital Markets Association (ANBIMA), Brazil
Vice-Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation
Chief Executive Officer, Climate Bonds Initiative
Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Sustainable Finance
Chief Executive Officer, Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)
Director of Policy, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission Philippines
Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Registration Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market
Chief Risk Officer, SEDCO Capital
Chief Executive Officer, Global SWF