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Originally published in UN PRI written by Will Martindale If investors are to be successful in their sustainability objectives, banks will need to be sustainable too. In many countries, banking assets exceed GDP. So, it will be welcome news to many investors, that thirteen years after the PRI’s launch, UNEP FI has launched the Principles for Responsible Banking. There are three ways that investors can support these principles. Investors own banks: most major investors will invest in most major…

Originally Published in UN Global Impact Global Investors for Sustainable Development alliance aims to scale long-term investment in sustainable development UNITED NATIONS, New York, 15 April 2019 — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced a new CEO alliance to finance the Sustainable Development Goals. Comprised of CEOs of large companies around the world, the Global Investors for Sustainable Development alliance is aimed at harnessing the insights of private sector leaders on ways to unblock impediments and implement…

Published first in the World Economic Forum The financial crisis of 2008 may have started in the US banking sector but it went on to unleash the deepest global recession since the Great Depression. The year 2009 became the first on record where global GDP contracted in real terms and the lost growth resulting from the crisis and ensuing recession has been estimated at over $10 trillion (more than one-sixth of global GDP in 2008). Across the globe,…

Originally published in the BBC The felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing the natural world to the brink. That’s the warning more than 500 experts in 50 countries are expected to give in a major UN-backed report, due to be published on Monday. The assessment will highlight the losses that have hit the natural world over the past 50 years and how the future is…

First published in University World News A new report reveals that global research is increasingly being redirected towards addressing poverty, reducing inequality and tackling the effects of climate change. But it finds that European nations dominate research focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with North America and Asia and Pacific regions contributing less; while Africa, the Arab States and Latin America are smaller participants, even though the SDGs are key concerns in…

Originally published in MENAFN by Matanat Nasibova Azerbaijan is among 193 UN member-states that have assumed certain commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, Azerbaijani Deputy Economy Minister Sevinj Hasanova said. Hasanova made the remarks during the panel discussions held by the international organizations in Baku on May 2, Trend reports. ‘Azerbaijan is taking important steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,’ she added. “Azerbaijan is an active member of the UN and the…

Published first in Business World by Marissa Mae M. Ramos THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it launched a a website tracking the Philippines’ progress in meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NEDA, in partnership with the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), launched the SDG website in Pasig City Tuesday, calling the tracker a sign of its commitment to achieve the 17 SDGs. “The website…

Robert Piper is the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Development Coordination Office in New York. Robert has a longstanding experience in international development, humanitarian response and peace building at the United Nations. In this episode, he explains the role of the UN Development Coordination Office, the background to the Talent roster and what kind of profiles he is looking for. – Working with the United Nations is an incredible privilege and it is…

Originally Published in Sustainable Brands Largest private sector investment to date will prepare next generation of global workforce with education and training, build financially stable communities and help break the cycle of poverty. Today, Prudential Financial, Inc. doubled down on its commitment to make lives better by solving the financial challenges of our changing world, committing more than $180 million through 2025 to support young people aged 15-29 worldwide who lack access to school, training or regular…