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26 October 2016
Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced the launch of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Financial Innovation Platform will offer financial solutions, with a firm focus on actions and SDG interventions, ensuring financing is provided to the places and people who need it the most, and offers a network for sustainable investing, to accelerate the achievement of scalable solutions. 

The Responsible Business Forum (RBF) on Sustainable Development that takes place on November 22-24 in Singapore, recognizes that financing is a key driver for change, and for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The RBF Singapore will also provide a platform for the launch of the Sustainable Finance Collective Asia (SFCA), on 22 November. The SFCA, initiated by ING Bank and Global Initiatives, is a platform for financial institutions, from banks to equity providers, to provide debt, equity and guarantees for sustainable projects in Asia. Circular economy and sustainable energy projects can start with a minimum-funding amount of US$5m, with a flexible upwards limit. 

Andrew Morlet, Chief Executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will be talking about the circular economy and the work of the Foundation with the CE 100, in a keynote presentation at the RBF.  Further, in chairing a panel with business leaders, he will lead discussions about circular economy, the SDGs and the role of businesses.   

Financial institutions participating include ING Bank, ANZ Bank, Credit Suisse, Dutch Development Bank, Visa, United Nations Social Impact Fund, Asian Development Bank, MasterCard and KKR among many others. 

These conversations and discussions are vital if we are to succeed in achieving the SDGs by 2030. 

The 5th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development will be held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 22 – 24 November 2016. This year’s forum, the largest to date, will help companies better understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the opportunities in supporting governments to achieve them.

For more information and registration: http://bit.ly/RBFSingapore2016 

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