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Monday, 13 October     (Back to top)

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Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

ISAR Workshop on Future Directions of the Corporate Reporting Model
13 October 10:00 - 18:00
This workshop brought together leading international experts on accounting and reporting, key policy makers, regulators, standard-setters and multiple other stakeholders  to share perspectives on recent developments in corporate reporting models with a view to promote a more cohesive approach to corporate financial and non-financial reporting, and facilitate its impact on sustainable development.The panel discussed current challenges in corporate reporting and ways to address these in order to provide fair and useful information on enterprise economic activities, as well as activities on corporate social responsibility, environment protection, corporate governance, and impact on sustainable development. The workshop also discussed existing corporate reporting models, their advantages, challenges, best practice and lessons learned in the process of implementation. The workshop discussed major international developments in the area of financial reporting, integrated reporting, sustainability reporting, corporate social responsibility and environment reporting, corporate governance disclosure, and their contribution to the ongoing debate on business reporting models and evolving best practice. The panel also debated a way forward with regard to corporate reporting models with a view to facilitate the impact of accounting and reporting on sustainable development.
 
 

Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Geneva Cleantech Cluster: Lessons Learned
13 October 16:00 - 18:00
(led by Geneva Economic Development Office)

Description


Geneva is set on becoming a centre of excellence for clean technology by 2020, building on the input of established foreign investors such as Dupont, ABB, SunPower Systems; public commitment and institutional support for start-ups; specialized finance institutions; world-class technical research and development and training centers, such as the University Geneva and CERN. This investment promotion agencies' (IPAs) best practice workshop, led by the Geneva Economic Development Office, featured the region's foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy and challenges ahead, as well as company CEOs sharing their rationale for investment and growth in this cluster.

The 2-hour workshop for senior investment promotion officers from national agencies worldwide consisted of 5 presentations focused on the government strategic vision for clean-tech development and FDI attraction as well as stakeholders (private sector, research centers and banking) experiences and lessons learnt, followed by an interactive discussion.

Elements for the debate



  • What are the foundations/requirements for setting up a cleantech initiative?

  • How can local authorities enhance the investment environment for cleantech companies?

  • What is the role of investment promotion or economic development agencies in this process?

  • How important are international investors for the development of clean technologies­? How do you evaluate cleantech?

  • Why are companies with green technologies attracted to Geneva? How do you commercialize green products and how can local and international partners help in this process?


Presenters



  • Mr. Laurent Horvath, Manager, OPI Cleantech Geneva

  • Mr. Daniel Chambaz, Director General for Environment, Republic and Canton of Geneva

  • Dr. François Gilardoni, Senior Advisor, FONGIT

  • Mr. Paulo Gazani Jr, Co-Founder & President, VIS Essential Investment

  • Mr. Jean-Luc Favre, Director, ABB Geneva


Moderator



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Tuesday, 14 October     (Back to top)

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Investment Village Stage, 1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
14 October 9:00 - 9:45
(by NAFIN and SENER)

Description


Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), Mexico’s largest development bank, has fostered and supported green projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency even before the country's recently approved energy reforms. For example, from 2003 to 2008, NAFIN, together with other federal government institutions, implemented the “Energy Saving Financing Programme” which benefited 700,000 users, generated savings of 143 MW and 2,131 GW/Hrs, and created 1,950 direct and 9,325 indirect jobs. In February 2009, the Mexican institutions, NAFIN and the Ministry of Energy (SENER), started to operate the “Efficient Lighting and Appliances Replacement Programme” through a Mexican executing agency, FIDE (Trust Fund for the Electric Power Saving). For this energy efficiency programme, NAFIN and SENER are the borrowers, whilst the German Development Bank (KfW) and the World Bank the lenders of the Clean Technology Fund and the Global Environmental Facility. Juan Pablo Newman will delve into the programme’s details and results.
 
 

Delegates Restaurant (8th Floor)

Palais des Nations

Sustainable Stock Exchanges VIP Luncheon
14 October 12:45 - 14:45
(with CDSB - by invitation only)
Description

The SSE secretariat held an invitation-only, informal VIP networking luncheon from 12:45 to 14:45 on 14 October sponsored by the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). It was an opportunity for approximately 80 speakers and other SSE supporters to network and exchange ideas in a relaxed setting.
 
 

Investment Village Stage, 1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
14 October 13:00 - 15:00
Presentation by Nestlé
Description

For a company to be successful in the long term and create value for shareholders, it must also create value for society. Nestlé calls this Creating Shared Value; and it is an approach adopted by the business as a whole. The concept aims to create superior, long-term value for shareholders by offering products and services that improve nutrition, health and wellness. Through the network of research centres and specialised business units it is also ensured that we invest in the future health and wellness of consumers. Good nutrition will play an ever more important role in the health and wellness of individuals and society. The firm's Creating Shared Value programme also encompasses water and rural development. Water scarcity is a serious issue in many parts of the world and water is crucial for food security. On the rural front the wellbeing of farmers, rural communities, small entrepreneurs and suppliers is intrinsic to the long-term success of Nestlé's business.
 
 

Room IV

Palais des Nations

Investment Promotion Agencies Nordic Forum
14 October 13:00 - 17:00
Part I (by invitation only)
 
 

International Convention Centre Geneva

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Corporate Investment in Sustainable Development
14 October 16:00 - 18:00
Tripartite Dialogue (with the IPU)
As part of the 131st IPU Assembly and the 2014 World Investment Forum, this session gathered parliamentarians from around the world in a multi-stakeholder dialogue with business executives, ministers and heads of international organizations to discuss ways in which legislators can work with the private sector to help channel investment into SDG sectors and ensure development impact.  Lawmakers have a powerful role to help instill sustainable development objectives in regulatory frameworks.
 
 

Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Towards an Impact Investment Fund for Land Degradation Neutrality
14 October 16:00 - 18:00
Panel discussion (led by the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD)
Description
The potential market size for the impact investment space has been estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Impact funds, sometimes called "social bonds", are making waves in both the public and private sector as frameworks for harnessing the market potential of impact investors. The Impact Investment Fund for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN Fund) is being created to provide a structured portfolio through which private and public sector actors can engage in investments in projects that maintain or improve the condition of soils and land resources, and thus contribute to achieving land degradation neutrality.

Elements for debate:

  • Criteria for Success: Why is it time for a fund specifically addressing land degradation? How should the eligibility of products or projects be determined?

  • Measuring "triple bottom line" returns: How to appropriately value social, environmental, and economic dimension of returns (and why investors care)?

  • Engaging the private Sector: What are the business incentives for investing?

  •  Mitigating land-based risk: Many sectors that rely on the services provided by land, are traditionally seen as a high risk (even volatile) investment categories. What are some risk mitigation strategies that can be considered for this kind of fund?

 
 

 

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Room IV

Palais des Nations

Investment Promotion Agencies Nordic Forum
15 October 9:00 - 12:00
Part II (by invitation only)
 
 

Room XI

Palais des Nations

UNEP Finance Initiative AGM
15 October 9:00 - 13:00
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Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
15 October 12:30 - 14:00
Presentation by McKinsey: Developing Impact Investing as a Major Asset Class
Description

Impact investing can help tackle today's most pressing challenges and offers a range of attractive opportunities for financial institutions. With the market at the tipping point to develop into a major asset class, there are still significant challenges that need to be overcome. We identify levers that engage both public and private sector players to overcome these challenges and to unlock the full potential of impact investing.
 
 

Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
15 October 13:00 - 14:30
by Millennium Institute
The Millennium Institute: multi-stakeholder planning, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable development policies

The Millennium Institute (MI) will present its multistakeholder approach to policy planning, as well as its system dynamics model (Threshold 21), used to play out different scenarios to inform sustainable development targets and policies, including for the upcoming SDGs. The T21 models has unique features, which makes it a very easy to learn and use tool by locally trained users, in government, civil society, development partners and private sector. The model links in a dynamic and holistic manner the three dimensions of sustainable development (environment, society and economy), bringing together the different branches of government, or any entity using the model, to create synergies across and within the branches and avoiding negative feedbacks. MI emphasizes the empowerment and ownership of the approach and tools by the users, in the spirit of the 2000 Paris Declaration.

Together with its partner, the Biovision Foundation, MI has engaged in a new program, “Changing Course in Global Agriculture” (CCGA), as a follow-up of the IAASTD recommendation to have a national assessment of the agriculture and food system, to define new policies that will lead to sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security as also reiterated in the Rio+20 Declaration. In this context, experiences from its country-level pilot projects will be presented.
 
 

Investment Village Stage, 1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
15 October 13:00 - 15:00
by Symbiotics
 
 

Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

UNCITRAL Transparency Rules and Convention on Transparency
15 October 13:00 - 15:00
Led by UNCITRAL, CIEL and IISD

Lack of transparency and participation are among the key concerns associated with the current regime of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS).  UNCITRAL recently undertook work on two important new international instruments, which have the potential to foster transparency in ISDS: "the Rules" on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Arbitration (adopted in 2013), and "the draft convention" on transparency in treaty-based investor-State arbitration (to be presented for adoption by UN the General Assembly by the end of the year). This side event will assist governments, the arbitration community, civil society and the private sector to learn about these instruments, share views and experiences and prepare the forthcoming debate about the Rules’ application and the convention’s ratification.

 
 

Room XXVII

Palais des Nations

Global Compact LEAD: Realizing Long-Term Value for Companies and Investors
15 October 14:00 - 18:00
(by invitation only)
A meeting of Global Compact LEAD companies and other relevant stakeholders to share strategies to communicate the financial value of sustainability and combat the negative impacts of investor short-termism.

LEAD participants will share the challenges, successes and initial outcomes from their efforts in this area and seek feedback from peers and experts to help move forward.

This meeting also marked the first opportunity for LEAD companies to provide input to the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.
 
 

Room XIX

Palais des Nations

OilGasMines Special Event (Part I)
15 October 14:30 - 18:00
Investment opportunities in Africa's oil and gas industry
OilGasEvent

 

 

Description

Investment in petroleum projects has been fostered in many low income countries. This investment creates opportunities for local enterprises to be involved in the variety of services needed at different stages of the project, from exploration to production up to the end user. Part 1 of the Africa Oil Gas and Mines side event will raise awareness of investment opportunities in the oil & gas services sector and highlight value added partnerships with host countries through case studies.

Participation

This special event will bring together ministers and other high-level representatives of governments, senior executives and experts from the oil and gas industry, civil society and the press. Member States of UNCTAD are requested to help disseminate the information about this special event to the main stakeholders in their countries, thus facilitating their participation. Participants in this high-level multi-stakeholder meeting will attend in their personal capacities.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to take part in the meeting, as well as non-governmental organizations in the general and special categories wishing to attend as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by 1 October 2014.

Elements for the debate

  • What opportunities exist in oil and gas field services to mitigate environmental impacts arising from exploration and production?

  • What partnerships can be formed with host countries in the execution of oil and gas projects?

  • How can Africa's gas production be integrated into the globalising gas market?


Language(s)

English; French; Spanish; Chinese; Russian; Arabic;

Quick link:

Meeting details
 
 

Room IV

Palais des Nations

Implications of International Investment Agreements
15 October 16:00 - 18:00
(led by the TWN, OWINFS and Public Citizen)
Description

The number of disputes brought by investors under international investment agreements (IIAs) has been steadily increasing. This event looked at the implications of these disputes for sustainable development, and discussed actual case studies in particular areas. Organised by Third World Network (TWN), Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS), and Public Citizen.


Elements for the debate

  • What has been learnt from IIA disputes, in particular effects on sustainable development?

  • What have been the implications of IIA disputes for financial stability?

  • What has been the impact of IIA disputes on the environment?

  • What has been the impact of IIA disputes on decent work, health, and safety?

 
 

 

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Room IV

Palais des Nations

Principles for Responsible Insurance Market Event
16 October 9:00 - 17:00
An international conversation on the insurance industry and sustainable development (by invitation only)
Description

Launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and developed by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance serve as a global framework for the insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General, the Principles have led to the largest collaborative initiative between the UN and the insurance industry—the PSI Initiative. To date, 70 organisations have adopted the Principles, including insurers representing approximately 15% of world premium volume and USD 8 trillion in assets under management.

A PSI market event features examples of how insurers are implementing the Principles and ongoing collaborative activities of the PSI Initiative, shares good sustainable insurance practices, discusses emerging themes and new ideas, and promotes work by other organisations that are in line with the aims of the Principles.

The PSI Geneva market event included a consultation with the insurance industry and its stakeholders to understand the links between insurance regulation and sustainable development, as part of a global consultation by the PSI Initiative and UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.

Elements for the debate

  • What is the role of natural ecosystems in disaster risk reduction and how can this be embedded in core insurance operations and relevant public policies?

  • Amid rapid environmental change, how can insurers better tackle health and environmental risks?

  • How are insurance underwriters managing environmental, social and governance issues in engineering insurance, particularly for large-scale infrastructure projects?

  • What is the state of the green bonds market and why is this an attractive asset class for insurance company investments?

  • How could insurance industry policy and regulation better support sustainable development?

 
 

Room XIX

Palais des Nations

OilGasMines Special Event (Part II)
16 October 10:00 - 13:00
Maximizing benefits of investments: policy dialogue
OilGasEvent

 

 

Description

Part 2 of the Africa Oil Gas and Mines side event will focus on policy options suitable to increasing benefits of investments in Oil and Gas Field Services to recipient countries and contributing to national sustainable development strategies. The views and experiences by consultants to the oil and gas industry, a legal expert in structuring agreements with foreign service providers and a major oil company will be discussed.

Elements for the debate

  • What policy options are suitable to increasing benefits of investments in Oil and Gas Field Services to recipient countries and contributing to local job creation?

  • What contractual arrangements/negotiations can help to boost local involvement in the sector - best practices.

  • What can be done to develop standards of local oil and gas field services companies in order to compete globally?

  • How can countries gain access to new technology and improve efficiency in their operations?

  • Local oil and gas service entrepreneurs often lack access to affordable finance. How can local entrepreneurs overcome the obstacle of access to finance? What innovative financing mechanisms are available to local entrepreneurs?


Quick link

Meeting details

Contact:
Special Unit on Commodities - UNCTAD
Tel.:  +41 22 917 1648/6286
commodities@unctad.org
 
 

Room XXVII

Palais des Nations

Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?
16 October 11:45 - 13:00
(with UNEP-FI)
Description

This session, organised by UNEP FI through its Banking Commission, presented the findings of a research report on the Basel Capital Accord (‘Basel III’) and its treatment of environmental risks in the context of its overriding objective of banking stability.

The role of the financial system in the economy and broader society is to provide the necessary financing and liquidity for human and economic activity to thrive – not only today but also tomorrow. In other words, its role is to fund a stable and sustainable economy. The role of financial regulators is to ensure that excessive risks that would threaten the stability of the financial system – and hence imperil the stability and sustainability of the economy – are not taken.

In the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis, an extensive reform of banking regulation was initiated to “generate strong, sustainable and balanced global growth”.

Elements for the debate:

  • Are there linkages between environmental risks and banking sector stability - are environmental risks material?

  • Do the Basel Accords duly consider environmental risks?

  • What is the current state of practice in banking supervision in this field?

  • What further might be done to allay environmental risks within the mandate and framework of the Accords?

 
 

Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

Policy Uncertainty Impedes Investment
16 October 13:00 - 15:00
(led by CUTS International and the Institute of Economic Affairs, Kenya)
Evidence points to inverse relationship between policy uncertainty and the level of investment. While political and regional milieu play their part, policy and regulatory prescriptions at domestic and international levels substantially influence uncertainty, thus impacting investment.

There is a need for country specific interventions with the objective to assist select low and middle income countries, specifically in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, to adopt and implement measures to reduce investment related policy uncertainty at domestic, bilateral and multilateral levels.

The event involved a presentation on the subject followed by a panel discussion amongst international experts on the causes, impacts and possible measures to reduce policy and regulatory uncertainty to promote investment. The objective was to develop an action plan and a roadmap to work towards reducing uncertainty and reviving investments.

Presenter: Udai S. Mehta, Director, CUTS International
 
 

Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Advancing Natural Capital in Finance
16 October 14:00 - 15:30
(by invitation only)
Description

The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) is a global finance-led initiative to integrate natural capital considerations into financial products and services, and to work towards their inclusion in in financial accounting, disclosure and reporting. Signatories to the Declaration work towards this goal through a number of innovative pilot projects in four distinct but linked working groups.

The Natural Capital Declaration was launched at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012. It has been signed by the CEOs of more than 40 financial institutions, and demonstrates their commitment to the integration of natural capital considerations into private sector reporting, accounting and decision-making by 2020.
 
 

Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

In the Driver’s Seat - Emerging Markets & Sustainable Finance
16 October 14:00 - 15:30
(by invitation only)
Description

The session “In the Driver’s Seat - Emerging Markets and Sustainable Finance” provided a close-up on country-owned initiatives in emerging markets that continuously seek to integrate sustainability issues directly into their financial institutions’ operations. Such country initiatives include Brazil’s recent Central Bank Regulation 4.237, Nigeria's ‘Sustainable Banking Principles’, Colombia’s ‘Green Protocol’, and, soon, Turkey’s ‘Sustainability Guidelines for the Banking Sector’. The session offered a space for each participating country to present their experience and journey in sustainable finance, and to illustrate how that helped reposition their status regionally and internationally concerning environmental and social concerns.
 
 

Room XI

Palais des Nations

Business Schools for Impact, Experts Meeting
16 October 15:00 - 17:00
(by invitation only)
Description

UNCTAD launched on the occasion of the World Investment Forum a new project, in collaboration with GBSN, CEMS and top academic partners, to enhance the impact business schools can have on sustainable development objectives in line with the post-2015 development agenda. Business Schools for Impact will create a network of business schools worldwide to develop and share teaching materials, experience and ideas to boost Base of the Pyramid business solutions. The project supports the teaching of inclusive business skills in the areas of investment and entrepreneurship, and strives to increase the relevance of core curricula for developing country business schools. This Experts Meeting defined and brainstormed priorities for content development and defined the areas where current and new contributors can support the initiative.
 
 

Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Empretec Directors Meeting
16 October 15:00 - 18:00
(by invitation only)