SECURITIES MARKET REGULATORS AND SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT [VIRTUAL] (in partnership with IOSCO)

20 Oct 2021
12:00-13:00
VIRTUAL

SECURITIES MARKET REGULATORS AND SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT [VIRTUAL] (in partnership with IOSCO)

This virtual event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2). Abu Dhabi, UAE time is 2:00 hours ahead of Geneva, Switzerland.

As sustainability in financial markets moves into the mainstream, securities markets regulators around the world ask questions about how sustainability relates to their core mandates such as investor protection, reducing corporate failure risks and the systemic impact of those failures in relation to environment and social stresses. A clear sign of this is the fact that the number of markets with mandatory environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) disclosure rules for listed companies has expanded rapidly over the past decade. In some markets, these rules originate from stock exchanges with devolved regulatory authority, but in most instances, they emanate from securities market regulators.

At both the national and international level, securities regulators are increasing their focus on sustainability. Since the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative published its report on How securities regulators can support the Sustainable Development Goals in 2018, many organisations, particularly the EU and IOSCO, have been ramping up their regulatory efforts related to sustainable finance and have become more aware of their role in shaping the sustainable investment ecosystem.

This event is an opportunity to take stock of what has changed in the past 3 years in terms of regulation of sustainable finance and what core focus areas for supranational and national regulators may emerge in the future.

Issues to be addressed:

  • What can securities regulators do to support the Sustainable Development Goals; what have they done in the past years?
  • An outlook: what is coming up on the regulatory agenda for sustainable finance?
  • Securities regulators selecting ESG / climate disclosure standards: new standards vs existing frameworks.
  • How can exchanges and regulators work together on the future key issues related to sustainable finance.

Event Manager: Mr. Anthony Miller

Contact email: Anthony.Miller@unctad.org