WGEO launches Financial Sector Platform to mobilise green investments
The World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) unveiled the Financial Sector Platform on 8 September 8th 2017 at the UN Headquarters in Beijing.
The platform was launched with an objective to mobilise investments for energy efficiency initiatives and programmes to support the shift towards a green economy.
A delegation from WGEO lead by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Organisation headed to Beijing for the official launch of the platform.
“WGEO supports the vision of the wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates, and In an endeavour to support and improve the environment and to facilitate easy access to green finance, we are pleased to announce the launch of the World Green Economy Organisation’s Financial Sector Platform which will serve as a global forum to help raise sustainable finance, provide public and market leadership on green finance, and will further promote and advocate UAE’s position as a leading global centre for the provision of green financial and professional services,” said Al Tayer.
The Financial Sector platform was launched in the presence of HE Al Tayer; HE Mohammed Abdullah Al Shamsi, Charge d' Affaires of the UAE Embassy in China; representatives from UNDP, representatives from Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), officials from China Investment Association; and officials from the private and public sectors in China including representatives of Hanergy Holding Group which is a multinational clean energy company; Huawei; and Harbin Electric Company.
“Over the past few years, green finance is making rapid strides and gaining bigger momentum. Following the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement, the whole world has committed to concrete and practical steps to deliver a low carbon and green economy. While varied sectors all over the world will continue to play a key role in the transition to a low-carbon economy, the success or failure of these efforts will lie with investors; with those institutions and individuals willing to back new technologies and infrastructure projects, and with the creation of sufficiently deep, liquid, resilient, and innovative markets for them to access green products and services. It is therefore clear that the public and private sector will have to work hand-in-hand to realise investment of this scale. And this is where green finance is one of the important keys,” added Al Tayer.
The official launch event was followed by meetings with officials from the private and public sectors in China. Al Tayer met Cui Yuying, Vice Minister, The State Council Information Office; Dr Yuan Yinghua, Chairman of Investment & Financing Committee in China Investment Association Project; and officials from Eco Forum Global China. The parties discussed during these meetings ways to enhance cooperation and exchanged expertise on green economy best practices.
“China has launched an ambitious domestic programme to develop a green financial system and is placing green finance as one of the priorities of its G20 Presidency. As such, China was the chosen destination to launch this effective platform. In addition, given the strength of trade ties and investment cooperation between the UAE and China, particularly UAE’s position as an important node for China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative, launching the Financial Sector Platform in China speaks about our shared strategic objectives. The UAE strongly supports this Belt and Road initiative, which will foster economic growth both regionally and globally. As we all know, China has directly invested more than $50 billion and created the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new multilateral institution designed to finance vital public works throughout Asia’s emerging economies; and the UAE is a founding member of the AIIB and committed to its central mission of bringing the Belt and Road vision to life,” emphasised Al Tayer.
The Financial Sector Platform is one of the most significant platforms of WGEO. WGEO is founded on seven platforms for a range of sectors. These include the Countries, Sustainable Cities, Academia, Organisations & Civil Society, Youth and Financial Sector. Last February, WGEO launched the Private Sector platform, the first to be launched and since then, the WGEO has launched platforms for Youth, Academia, the Organisations & Civil Society and Sustainable Cities Sector.
Through the launch of Financial Sector Platform, WGEO remains committed to collaborating on new opportunities and enhancing economic and cultural bonds between the UAE and China. With the two countries sharing a similar vision of a sustainable future built on innovation, finance, shipping and trade, there is tremendous potential ahead to facilitate further green growth.
“Launching the Financial Sector Platform will not only provide access to green finance, but also promote the standardisation of green practices, enhance the transparency of information, support market development for green investments at a global level and support other countries in developing and implementing national sustainable finance roadmaps,” said Al Tayer.
The Financial Sector Platform will back financial institutions in their efforts to set up green financing businesses, encourage loans and provide support to public and private firms participating in green investment programmes. It is thus clear that an approach as this has high transformational potential in terms of the sheer volume of financial flows.
“Recognising the importance of the financial sector's incorporation in the transformation process towards green economies, the launch of the Financial Sector Platform is to encourage public-private collaboration needed to support the smart design and effective scaling of market innovations and policy measures to advance green finance. These platforms reflect the enormous efforts in the UAE to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement to support global efforts to mitigate climate change and find innovative solutions to challenges related to sustainable energy, water and the environment in general,” said Al Tayer.
At the end of the launch, representatives of the Financial Sector platform were invited on stage to demonstrate their commitment and pledge their support to carry the responsibility to achieve sustainability and to combat climate change.
It is noted that the seventh platform of WGEO will be launched during the upcoming World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2017), organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, set to be held on 24-25 October at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in October 2016 and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).