Infrastructure Investment & Sustainable Development

Infrastructure Investment & Sustainable Development

Monday, October 16, 2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Columbia University in the City of New York

Invitation only.

As climate change’s effects are already visible, the COP21 Paris agreement to maintain global warming to well below 2°C by 2100 entails the need for over USD1 trillion per year by 2030 worldwide to finance the energy transition, while another $1.4tn by 2030 is needed in low-income countries alone to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the first time in 2016, climate finance was added to the G20 Agenda in Hangzhou and at the heart of the Marrakech summit.

Climate finance and sustainable development goals in emerging countries are intertwined. Reaching SDGs objectives in emerging countries entails the necessary inclusion of the climate change component into financial innovations, and a number of vehicles can achieve this dual objective. Investors can leverage on climate change and SDGs objectives to spur growth, better their risk management framework and enhance their stewardship activities.  

Surfing on the climate finance wave in emerging markets could help achieve greater sustainable development objectives, and ultimately participate to both green infrastructure & sustainable agriculture as well as financial markets developments. Public financial institutions and investors are increasingly getting mobilized and joining their forces in developing key strategies for climate change.

Against this backdrop, and ahead of the World Bank Spring Meetings and German G20 Presidency, this high level symposium should provide investors and policymakers with the opportunity to reflect and share experience on strategies to spur both positive impacts on the environment and growth opportunities in emerging markets.

Confirmed speakers

Patrick Bolton, Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business and Professor of Economics, Columbia University

Raffaele Della Croce, Lead Manager - Long Term Investment Project, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Haizhou Huang, Managing Director, China International Capital Corporation

Mark Moseley, Senior Director of the Global Infrastructure Hub

Frederic Samama, Co-Head of Institutional Clients Coverage, Amundi

Wolfram Schlenker, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Jan Svejnar, Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia SIPA

ZHANG Tao, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Keynote Speakers

Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

YI Gang, Deputy Governor, The People’s Bank of China


9:00am-9:15am              Welcome Address

9:15am-9:30am              Introduction:

9:30am-10:45am            1st panel: Infrastructure Origination and Financing

10:45am-11:15am    Break

11:15am-12:30pm    2nd panel: Investor Climate Stewardship: Green Bonds & Green Governance

12:45pm-2:00pm    Lunch and 1st Keynote Address

2:15pm-3:30pm    3rd Panel: Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Agriculture

3:30pm-4:00pm     Second Keynote Address

4:00pm-4:15pm    Coffee Break

4:15pm-5:30pm    4th panel: The COP Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs): How far have we come?

5:30pm-6:00pm     Conclusion: Patrick Bolton, Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business and Professor of Economics, Columbia University

6:00pm-7:00pm     Cocktail Reception

07:00pm-07:30pm     Dinner Keynote Address

07:30pm-09:30pm     Dinner