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Insuring the Vulnerable in a Warming World

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Between 1980 and 2015, more than 60 percent of the people who lost their lives as a result of climate-related extreme weather events had an income of less than US$3 a day, according to the reinsurance company Munich Re in 2016.

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Faith in Finance

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First the numbers. Financial investors and leaders of more than 30 faith traditions representing over 500 faith investment groups from eight religions with some three trillion dollars in assets, will meet in Zug this month.

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Phone Route to Wealth for the Unbanked

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Imagine being without a bank account, having no means of carrying out formal financial transactions, storing money, sending and receiving payments. That is the case for roughly 40 percent of the world’s working-age adults, about two billion people.

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Green Bond Surge Expands

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The market for Green Bonds is developing rapidly, proving effective at channeling money into environmental projects. Offering insights into this fledgling, but fast-growing, market, “Environmental Finance,” has just announced its latest Green Bond Award winners.

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Green Climate Fund Disburses Hope

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Just three days before he left office on January 20, U.S. President Barack Obama transferred a second installment of US$500 million to the Green Climate Fund, based in South Korea’s Songdo International Business District.

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Positive Impact Finance Stands on Principles

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Nineteen global banks and investors, worth a total of US$6.6 trillion in assets, have agreed on a set of standards for financing sustainable development framed as the first-ever Principles for Positive Impact Finance.

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Fintech Goes Green

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A UN-backed app is transforming green finance. At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, the UN Environment Programme and Ant Financial Services Group, the Chinese online and mobile financial services provider, unveiled the Green Digital Finance Alliance.

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Hopscotching Through Davos 2017

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World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab welcomed participants to the 47th Annual Meeting today with the thought that despite the “disruptive economic and political models,” now underway, the meeting can construct a positive vision for the future.

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Stock Exchanges Adopt Sustainability Reporting

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As many as 21 more of the world’s stock exchanges could introduce sustainability reporting standards before the end of the year, bringing the total number to 38, says an official with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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US$100 Billion to Finance Climate Triage

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Finance is always a hot issue at UN climate talks, and this year’s 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will focus even more intently on financing – this time to support the first global greenhouse gas limitation pact.

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Africa Investment Forum Debuts at GITEX

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The African Development Bank has launched an Africa Investment Forum as a meeting place for social impact investors. The Forum will showcase bankable projects, attract financing, and provide platforms for investing across multiple countries.

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