16. Dec, 2017

Secretary-General’s remarks at the One Planet Summit

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The message is simple: those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future.
That means much greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector — and the world of finance.
Finance could be, should be and will be the decisive factor — the difference between winning and losing the war.
Finance in its very nature is forward-looking.
We must make sure that it works not only for profit but for the future of people and the planet.
Finance is not scarce.
Today’s global financial system is awash with funds.
Tens of trillions of dollars are earning low or even negative interest rates.
But, the opportunities for productive and profitable, low-carbon, climate-resilient investment are vast.