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ESG investing and returns

In their negotiation at the 2018 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) Member states agreed on several recommendations put forward by the Task Force, such as the recognition that proper interpretation of fiduciary duty for long-term investors should include all material impacts on returns that drive long-term performance of investments. They also called on the Task Force to further analyze, based on existing studies, the relationship between environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and returns.

Briefing on the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018

  • Date: Monday, 17 September 2018, 09:30 to 11:00
  • Location: Conference Room 11, UNHQ, New York

The briefing will inform Member States regarding the preparation for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum, which is hosted this year by the Asian Development Bank and held in Bali, Indonesia on October 13, 2018.

New technologies and financing for development

New and emerging digital technologies have the potential to alleviate key constraints and market failures that impede sustainable development finance, such as weak contract enforcement, cumbersome administrative procedures, and paucity of information and data. They can contribute to reducing inefficiencies and to cost savings across the action areas of the Addis Agenda, but they also raise new challenges and risks for policymakers and regulators.