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Good morning, it's Kasmira, and as plans for Geneva's flagship sustainable finance summit later this year get underway, we spoke to its president, Patrick Odier, about what's in store.

Plus, the head of Geneva's Business and Human Rights Center, Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, explains why it's time the social aspect of environmental, social, governance (ESG) is given more attention.

And on the trade front, experts warn that World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on a waiver of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines could take months as stiff opposition remains.

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Kasmira Jefford, Geneva

10.05.2021


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Patrick Odier speaking at the first edition of the Building Bridges summit at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, 10 October 2019.

🌉 "We don't want to be just one more conference." As plans for Building Bridges, Geneva's flagship sustainable finance summit taking place later this year, get underway, we spoke to its president, Patrick Odier, about what's in store and why the event will not be any ordinary conference.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

⚖️ Championing the “S” in ESG. On a mission to empower business and finance industry leaders to make practical progress on human rights, Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, director of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights discusses why the “S”, or the social factor, in ESG investing is often overlooked and how to fix it.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

💉 WTO vaccine waiver: a negotiation months in the making. World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on a waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines could take months - provided they can overcome significant opposition from some member countries, trade experts say.

Reuters (EN)

Here's what else is happening


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Rhodium Group

China's emissions now exceed all the developed world's combined. China now accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the world’s developed nations combined, according to new research from Rhodium Group. Based on its newly updated estimates for 2019, global emissions reached 52 gigatons of CO2 equivalent in 2019, an 11.4 per cent increase over the past decade. China alone contributed 27 per cent of total global emissions, and the US—the 2nd highest emitter—contributed 11 per cent.

Bloomberg Green (EN)

Next on the agenda


11 May | Cotton sustainability digital series. Organised by the Better Cotton Initiative, this session will feature guest speaker Chris Norman, founder and chief executive of the GOOD Agency to talk about the ways in which brands can mobilise action around sustainability initiatives to create more value.

Better Cotton Initiative (EN)

12 May | Agenda dialogues: global trade outlooks. How can world leaders raise our collective ambition for global trade and investment collaboration in a way that ensures prosperity, equity, and sustainability? The World Economic Forum will explore this questions in this online event.

WEF (EN)

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