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People | Planet | Prosperity

The financial sector today faces unprecedented challenges and opportunities as the economic and financial landscape changes across the continents and the environmental concerns get mainstream attention worldwide. There is now a strong consensus among the key stakeholders that the financial industry needs a fundamental change. It needs to embrace sustainability in a holistic manner so that a stable, resilient and more just financial services sector can emerge.

However, incorporating social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability whereas equal weight is given to all these three pillars is one of the biggest challenges that the financial institutions face today. There is a need for stakeholders to get together for dialogue, sharing knowledge and ideas, exchanging approaches, discussing best practices, networking and developing synergies to address the common risks, challenges and opportunities emerging in a fast changing world.

An international forum – The Global Sustainable Finance Conference - to address the emerging challenges faced by the financial services industry was launched in 2011 by EOSD and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)* in cooperation with the City of Karlsruhe under the auspices of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI)**. It was also endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program Financial Institutions (UNEP FI). In addition, the Global Sustainable Finance Network and the Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards were also introduced.

If you are interested in the field of sustainable finance and investments and would like to discuss further details, you are welcome to send us an email to explore the synergy potential. Email: mail[@]eosd.org

*ADFIAP is the focal point of all development banks and other financial institutions engaged in the financing of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. It has 131 member-institutions in 45 countries.
**WFDFI is the global focal point for institutions providing and promoting sustainable development finance. It has 328 member-institutions in 154 countries and territories around the world.

The next Global Sustainable Finance Conference will be held from 12th to 13th of June 2014. If you are interested in attending this global event, please send us an email.

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GSFN is a membership-based global initiative that brings together financial institutions and other stakeholders committed to the advancement of sustainable finance.

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