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The Finance for Nature Virtual Global Series, delivered by UNDP, UNEP, the Scottish Government-backed Global Ethical Finance Initiative, the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform and Climate Advisers will accelerate momentum on nature-based finance in advance of the UN Climate and Biodiversity COPs in 2021.

Bringing together industry champions from finance, insurance, consumer goods companies and standard-setting regulators to the series aims to drive practical commitments on investing in nature.

With scientific evidence continuing to reinforce the severity of climate change, the potential disruption and financial implications have risen to the top of the agenda for governments, financial institutions and businesses across the globe. Nature-based solutions, defined as actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore nature to tackle socio-environmental challenges, can provide more than a third of the climate mitigation needed to meet carbon emission goals set in the Paris Agreement.

But the question remains: how deeply do existing pledges and policies include actionable targets and budgets for nature and forests?

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From 20-21 July 2020 at 9am EST / 2pm BST, this Series will:

  • Explore “why” and “how” nature should be included in the finance and green recovery agenda for planet and prosperity.
  • Facilitate a silo-breaking conversation on the role of private capital and corporations in building the momentum for the substantive inclusion of nature at COP26 to amplify ambition and action for green recovery investments and policies.
  • Provide a testing ground for ideas and actions that will mobilize investors and asset owners to “green” their portfolios and shift investments to be deforestation-free, as current business and financing practices have exacerbated biodiversity and nature loss.
  • Spotlight COVID-19 economic recovery instruments, deals and programming that are designed with sustainability as a priority.