The COVID-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated that environmental and sustainability issues constitute material risks for institutional investors such as public pension and sovereign wealth funds. As “universal owners” with large investment in companies across a huge range of sectors and markets, these funds are in a unique position to drive sustainability along the investment chain and channel more capital into key sectors that can contribute to the post-pandemic recovery and long-term sustainable development, in particular in developing countries.
This session will bring together international institutional investors and policymakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities for investing in sustainable development in the post-pandemic era, with a focus on developing economies where capital for sustainable development is much needed.
Issues for discussion
- How can sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other institutional investors contribute to the post-pandemic recovery?
- How can institutional investors from developed and developing regions work together to channel more investment to sustainable development in developing countries?
- How can governments facilitate long-term institutional investment in sustainable and inclusive development and maximize its development benefits?