SECURITIES MARKET REGULATORS AND SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT (in partnership with the International Organization of Securities Commissions)

SECURITIES MARKET REGULATORS AND SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT (in partnership with the International Organization of Securities Commissions)

Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Time: 12:00-14:30

The financial sector has a crucial role to play in helping to support the transition to a more sustainable future. Internationally, financial services firms and capital markets are deepening their consideration of sustainability-related risks, opportunities and impacts, for the benefit of investors and to help mobilize capital to support the transition. The growth of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investing and sustainability-related products has led to several challenges, including concerns regarding consistency and comparability of available information, and the risk of greenwashing. Since the last World Investment Forum in 2018, regulators and policymakers worldwide have been examining issues relating to sustainable finance in their regulatory and supervisory roles in order to address these challenges and have been ramping up their efforts related to sustainable finance.

Organized in partnership with IOSCO and its Growth and Emerging Markets Committee (GEMC), this regulatory workshop is an opportunity to take stock of the most recent developments in the area of sustainable finance and to assist GEMC jurisdictions in initiating implementation of global standards in this area.

Issues to be addressed:

  • Overview of recent developments including IOSCO’s view on sustainability-related issuer disclosures, the risk of greenwashing in asset management, and the role of ESG data providers and rating agencies
  • Discussion of expected near-future developments, such as the establishment of the International Financial Reporting Standards International Sustainability Standards Board and the path to implementation of the IOSCO recommendations

Opening: 

  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Mohammed Omran, Chairman, Financial Regulatory Authority, Egypt

Panellists:

      Panel I

  • Ms. Sina Hbous, Head, Sustainable Development, Financial Regulatory Authority, Egypt
  • Mr. Bing Shen, Director General, Department of International Affairs, China Securities Regulatory Commission, China
  • Mr. Erik Thedeen, Director General, Finansinspektionen, Sweden

       Moderator: 

  • Mr. Martin Moloney, Secretary General, International Organization of Securities Commissions
    (IOSCO)

     Panel II

  • Mr. Bruno de Freitas Gomes, Director, Securitization and Alternative Investments, Comissão de Valores Mobiliários, Brazil
  • Mr. Mark Manning, Technical Specialist, Sustainable Finance and Stewardship, Financial Conduct Authority, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Evert van Walsum, Head, Investors and Issuers Department, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union
  • Ms. Raluca Tircoci Craciun, Head, Growth and Emerging Markets, International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)

     Moderator: 

  • Mr. Anthony Miller, Coordinator, UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges, UNCTAD

Event manager: Mr. Anthony Miller
Contact email: Anthony.Miller@unctad.org