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Impact Investing Grabs University Attention

Impact Investing Grabs University Attention

Many of the world’s most prestigious universities are pooling their wisdom in a new alliance to “help scale-up the green finance sector.” One of their first considerations is impact investing – measuring social impact alongside business results.

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Global Wealth Grows, Inequality Gap Widens

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“Growth will be short-term if it is based on depleting natural capital such as forests and fisheries. What our research has shown is that the value of natural capital per person tends to rise with income,” says Karin Kemper, senior director, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at The World Bank.

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Sustainable Finance European Style

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An EU-wide label for green investment funds, a European standard for green bonds, and a classification system to provide market clarity on what is sustainable are recommended in the final report of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, published this week.

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One Planet Summit Inspires Climate Action

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Two years to the day after the historic Paris Agreement on climate, more than 50 heads of state, bank and finance executives and celebrities are meeting today to drive action to finance global efforts to meet the goals of the agreement.

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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

Green Climate Fund Disburses Hope

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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