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DIFC and the Global Ethical Finance Initiative are bringing the global finance community together to advance thinking and action relating to climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles in the build up to COP28

COP28 is taking place in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023.

The programme will be focused on four core workstreams with GEFI indicative themes and activities outlined below:

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Delivering Net Zero
  • Engaging with Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) to increase awareness and engagement amongst global financial institutions
  • Reviewing the approaches to Net Zero by family offices and sovereign wealth funds
  • Continuing to support pension providers to transition to Net Zero
  • Encouraging banks to decarbonize their lending books
  • Governments to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) targets
  • Raising awareness and increasing adoption of Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) reporting
  • Exploring the challenges around climate data
  • Including climate finance as a key thematic across our event programme
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Financing the SDGs
  • Partnering with UNDP to deliver an anchor session at the Nature for Life Hub 2022, 28-30 November Publishing a thought leadership series covering:
    • - Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
    • - A Scottish perspective on TCFDand nature
    • - Measuring biodiversity
    • - Key Challenges for private sector investment
  • Engaging with UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) via virtual events and social media » Including nature finance as a key thematic across our event programme
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Unlocking Islamic Finance
  • Progressing the work of the Global Islamic Finance & SDGs Taskforce to raise awareness and inspire action amongst global Islamic finance institutions
  • Positioning green and sustainable sukuk, via the High-Level Working Group on Green and Sustainable Sukuk, as innovative financial instruments that can attract capital at scale
  • Encouraging Islamic finance institutions to engage with global initiatives such as PRI and UN PRB
  • Publishing an Ibn Khaldun essay series that focalises today’s challenges through the eyes of one of the greatest social scientists of the Middle Ages
  • Exploring the process of going beyond Halal to Tayyib in Islamic finance
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Financing the SDGs
  • Promoting SDG linked financial products to attract new funds
  • Facilitating the development of innovative financial products that are SDG aligned
  • Publishing, in partnership with UNDP, a thought leadership series covering:
    • - Introduction to the SDGs
    • - SDG Impact Standards
    • - Fixed income
    • - Listed equities
    • - Banking
    • -Reporting and Assurance
  • Including Financing the SDGs as a key thematic across our event programme

More information on the programme

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