UN Roundtable to Address Sustainability’s Economic Imperative

08/15/2011 11:35 PM

Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel will join Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme and other speakers at a United Nations meeting of global financial leaders in Washington, D.C. this fall addressing the link between financial stability and environmental sustainability.

The biannual meeting of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is a high-level conference that draws a select group of 600 banking, insurance and investment leaders and global thinkers for an intensive, two-day dialogue. This year’s discussion is positioned to channel the views of the financial services sector into the discussions at the so-called “Rio + 20” Conference, a UN summit that will gather world leaders in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 years after the original Rio Earth Summit.

“[M]y hope is to contribute to defining the new kind of thinking and action that we must embrace to address the challenges of a global economy when climate change, resource scarcity, commodity price volatility and income inequality, amongst other ongoing concerns, will set the future context for our finance sector and global capital markets,” said Former Prime Minister Brown, who will give the opening address.

Dr. Wackernagel will discuss the role of ecological assets at the core of nations’ long term wealth, as well as how Ecological Footprint accounting is being used to aid investors in evaluating risks related to biodiversity and ecosystem service degradation.

This year’s Roundtable is held under the theme “The Tipping Point: Sustained stability in the next economy.” It will take place Oct. 19 and 20 in Washington, D.C.

  • Learn more about the UNEP FI Global Roundtable.
  • See the conference agenda.
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