Innovative tools for financing the SDGs
in partnership with the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI)
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25 October 2018
10:30 - 13:00 Europe/Zurich

Sustainability bonds, or “SDG bonds”, are fixed-income investments that can help bridge the SDG financing gap in developing countries. Specifically developed (and explicitly labelled) to fund projects that have positive social or environmental benefits, SDG bonds to date have mostly comprised green bonds (bonds with an environmental or climate-related focus) – with more than USD$100 billion issued in 2017. With the growth of this sector, there is also an increasing diversification of issuers and types of green projects for which the proceeds of the bonds are used. Lessons learned in the green bond space are being applied to other SDG bonds, such as water bonds and gender bonds. This high-level session, organized with the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), will contribute to peer learning.

Issues for the debate

  • What role can stock exchanges play in the SDG bond space? Experiences promoting sustainability bonds or developing-listing segments for sustainability bonds.
  • What roles do reporting and assurance play in the further development of an SDG-oriented debt market?
  • Beyond green bonds, what opportunities exist for other SDG bonds? Experiences from the development of gender bonds and water bonds.


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
CEO and Chairperson, Moroccan Capital Market Authority
CFO Sustainable Finance, HSBC
Director, International Business Development, ISS-Oekom
Global Head of Corporate Business, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Member of the Executive Committee, Head of LGX, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Chief, Sustainable Development and International Affairs, PIMCO
Head of Sustainability Funding, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Coordinator, UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges, UNCTAD
Treasury & Capital Market Director


CEO and Co-founder, Climate Bonds Initiative