Announcing the UNEP FI Sustainability 2011 Global Roundtable

Announcement for the upcoming: UNEP FI 2011 Global Roundtable sustainability conference that is occurring on the 19-20 October 2011 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. This is a biennial, high-level conference that typically attracts a select group of 600 plus sustainable finance and responsible investment leaders and thinkers for an intensive, two-day dialogue.

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UNEP FI is pleased to invite you to attend this coming October the 2011 Global Roundtable, a biennial, high-level conference that typically attracts a select group of 600 plus sustainable finance and responsible investment leaders and thinkers for an intensive, two-day dialogue.

Held in the run-up to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UNEP FI’s 2011 Global Roundtable will cast a spotlight on the global sustainable development agenda from the perspective of the financial sector players.

This year’s edition of the Global Roundtable is held under the theme “The Tipping Point: Sustained stability in the next economy.“, and will focus on preparing the financial sector for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). This high-level conference will cast a spotlight on the global sustainable development agenda from the perspective of the financial sector players. Financial sector leaders and policy-makers will engage with one another in plenaries designed to inspire dialog between CEOs from banking, investment and insurance industries and high-level policy-makers, bridging the gap between them and bringing the most pressing issues of the financial sector to the forefront. Further information and registration details are available on the event website.
Confirmed speakers include:

Gordon Brown, Former UK Premier and current Member of Parliament;
Nassim Taleb, Best-selling author of The Black Swan;
James Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in Motion and member of the UN High Level Panel for Global Sustainability;
Achim Steiner, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP.

The conference programme has been conceptualized to:

Bridge the gap between financial sector and policy-makers: plenaries will take the form of a dialogue between CEOs from the banking, investment and insurance industries and high-level policy-makers; Discuss in depth the most pressing issues for the financial sector.

To read more on preparations for the Rio 2012 conference see our related post: “Corporate Governance for Sustainability Needed for a Green Economy“, that argues that meeting the global sustainability challenges that it requires suitable governance structures that are able to channel corporate and other resources toward sustainability.

About the UNEP
The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a unique global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the global financial sector.

UNEP FI works closely with over 200 financial institutions who are Signatories to the UNEP FI Statements, and a range of partner organisations to develop and promote linkages between sustainability and financial performance. Through peer-to-peer networks, research and training, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations.
Activities

Research on the “business case” of internalising environmental, social and government externalities
Guidelines and other implementation tools
Training and capacity building
Participation in environmental policy-making fora
International, national and regional seminars and conferences
Networking opportunities between Members and with stakeholders
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Author: Chris de Morsella (146 Articles)

After a decade performing as a lead guitarist for rock bands, Chris de Morsella decided to return to the career his uncle mentored him in as a youth....Software Engineering. Since that time he has thrown himself into his work. He has designed a compound document publishing architecture for regulatory submissions capable of handling very large multi-document FDA regulatory drug approval submissions, for Liquent, a division of Thompson Publishing. At the Associated Press, Chris worked with senior editors at facilities around the world, to develop a solution for replacing existing editorial systems with an integrated international content management solution. He lead the design effort at Microsoft for a help system for mobile devices designed to provide contextual help for users. Chris also helped to develop the web assisted installer for LifeCam2.0, the software for Microsoft’s web cam and developed late breaking features for the product He also served with the Rhapsody client team to redesign and build a major new release of Real Networks Rhapsody client product. His most recent assignment has been Working with the Outlook Mobile Time Management team for the next release of Outlook Mobile for the SmartPhone. Chris' interests are in green building and architecture, smart grid, the cloud, geo-thermal energy, solar energy, smart growth, organic farming and permaculture. Follow Chris on Twitter.

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