International Meeting of Financial Centers for Sustainability

Date: 26 Sep 2017

08:30 – 09:00       Registration and refreshments

09:00 – 10:00       Welcome

  • Said Ibrahimi, CEO, Casablanca Finance City Authority
  • Salaheddine Mezouar, President of COP 22
  • Nick Robins, Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry

10:00 – 11:00       Session 1: Financial Centres & Sustainability – Review of Experience

  • Moderator: Lamia Merzouki, Deputy General Manager, Casablanca Finance City Authority
  • Tour de Table: introductions of Participants and highlight of desired outcomes of the meeting

11:00 – 11:30        Launch of Casablanca Statement on Financial Centres for Sustainability 

11:30 – 11:45         Break

11.45 – 13:00        Session 2: The Strategic Opportunity of Green & Sustainable Finance

Moderator: Mark Halle, Special Adviser, UN Environment Inquiry

Key Questions: What are the motivations for launching green finance initiatives in leading financial centres? What is the progress to date – and next steps?

  • Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Centre
  • Simon Horner, Head of City of London Green Finance Initiative, London
  • Peter Odhengo, Senior Policy Analyst, Kenyan National Treasury, Nairobi
  • Kong Wei, Secretary-General of Lujiazui Financial City Green Finance Committee, Shanghai
  • Philippe Zaouati, CEO, Mirova & Chair, Finance for Tomorrow, Paris

13:00 – 14:15        Lunch 

14:30 – 15:30       Session 3: Building a Network – Expanding the Product Pipeline

Moderator: Tiffany Grabski, Senior Manager, Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative

Key Questions: How can the network enable cooperation among financial centres to broaden and deepen the range of sustainable financial services? How can the network help to build the skills and capacity in financial centres to make this happen?

  • Sara Lovisolo, Sustainability Manager, Borsa Italiana, Milan
  • Stephen Nolan, CEO, Sustainable Nation, Dublin
  • Takejiro Sueyoshi, CEO, Green Finance Organisation, Tokyo
  • Nezha Hayat, Chairperson & CEO, Moroccan Capital Markets Authority, Morocco

15:30 – 16:30       Session 4: Building a Network – Measuring Progress

Moderator: Davide Dal Maso, Italy Coordinator, UN Environment Inquiry

Key Questions: How can the network help financial centres to work together to measure flows of green finance? And how can it enable the benchmarking of financial centres on sustainability?

  • Mathieu Arndt, Expert & Advisor, I4CE, Paris
  • Toby Heaps, CEO, Corporate Knights, Toronto
  • Mark Yeandle, Associate Director, Z/Yen, London

16:30 – 17:00       Break 

17:00 – 18:00      Conclusions and Next Steps

  • Conclusions of the Meeting
  • Next Steps for the Financial Centre Network