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Hello, this is Kasmira Jefford, editor-in-chief of Geneva Solutions, bringing you the latest news on sustainable finance and business, and trade.

Today we're covering the leadership race at World Trade Organization, and why the UK's candidate Liam Fox thinks he has the political weight for the task.

We're also taking a look at two new sustainable investment partnerships by Geneva-based firms - one involving a fund helping to finance the UN's sustainable development goals.

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Kasmira Jefford


Today’s reason for hope

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Bamboo Capital manages CARE-SheTrades Impact Fund (Credit: ITC)

Bamboo Capital receives firepower to scale-up SDG investment platform. Global impact firm Palladium has taken a minority stake in Geneva-based impact investment firm Bamboo Capital Partners. The deal will help accelerate the development of SDG500 – a $500m investment platform launched earlier this year in partnership with UN agencies and other non-governmental organizations to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Lombard Odier launches sustainable finance partnership with Oxford University. The Geneva-based wealth management and investment firm, has teamed up with the University of Oxford to promote research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. The five-year partnership will have a particular focus on issues such as climate and the circular economy

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‘If the WTO chief doesn’t make the case for free trade - who will?’ - candidate Liam Fox. Increasing protectionism fuelled by the world’s richest countries, and exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, is “morally wrong” and poses a dangerous threat to global security, Liam Fox, one of the eight candidates vying to become the next director-general at the World Trade Organization, said.

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Federal report warns of risk climate change to financial system. Banks and other financial institutions in the US are at grave risk from climate change, according to a report released by the federal agency that regulates derivatives markets. The report—commissioned by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission—includes an exhaustive overview of risks, from falling real estate values in coastal flood zones to the inability of Midwestern farmers to repay loans after droughts or floods.

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Here's what else is happening

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Several hundred demonstrators, with Swiss national councillor Regula Rytz, protest in Bern on Thursday against the conditions in Mora, Europe's largest refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, which, was almost completely destroyed by several fires and leaving most of its 12,000 refugees homeless.

Next on the agenda

16 September: The economics of mutuality. Led by Vanina Farber, IMD elea Professor of Social Innovation and Director, this webinar with the founder of Economics of Mutuality, Bruno Roche, will discuss both the duty and opportunity for business leaders, investors, and policymakers to reposition the corporation positively.


8-22 September: The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020 This four-part digital event series, in official partnership with United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, will bring together over 1,000 virtual attendees and experts to debate best-practice investment strategies for sustainable investment in Europe.

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020 (EN)

1 October: Implementing Human Rights Due Diligence. The online event will discuss the business aspects and process of human rights due diligence and is jointly organised by Geneva Centre for Business and Human Rights (GCBHR), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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