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Good morning, it's Kasmira, with your latest Sustainable Business & Finance news. Today, I'm covering an initiative showcasing how investors can profit from backing impact ventures in developing countries.

Plus, how ESG funds could soon outnumber traditional funds, and good news in the shipping world, as countries close in on a deal to reduce pollution from the world’s cargo ships.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Shippers close to global deal to cut greenhouse gas pollution. Almost 200 nations are nearing a legally-binding agreement. Talks will be hosting this week by the UN’s maritime organization.

Bloomberg (EN)

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UN initiative shows investors the way to finding impact ventures in developing countries. The programme, called the Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV), showcases midcap companies with the potential to make both a positive impact and generate profit.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Financial institutions must help change the way we consume and produce, says a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative. It highlights the critical role the finance sector plays in helping the world shift to more sustainable circular economies.


ESG funds forecast to outnumber conventional funds by 2025. New EU rules and growing investor focus on sustainability will fuel rapid growth, says PwC. It estimates assets in sustainable investment products in Europe to reach €7.6tn over the next five years.

Financial Times (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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Interior minister responsible for health Alain Berset and President Simonetta Sommaruga at the press conference on Sunday. Keystone/Marcel Bieri

Switzerland tightens measures to tackle a Covid-19 second wave on Sunday, including the obligation to wear masks in all enclosed places such as train stations. Spontaneous public gatherings have also been limited to 15 people and working from home is once again recommended.

Federal Council (EN)

Next on the agenda

20-23 October: The Jobs Reset Summit The four-day virtual meeting will bring together experts and the broader public to shape a new agenda for growth, jobs, skills and equity.

World Economic Forum (EN)

19-23 October | Eighth United Nations Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection Held every five years, the conference reviews all multilaterally-agreed principles on competition policy.


19-21 October | European Impact Summit 2020 EIS20 will bring together more than 1000 international C-level executives to create solutions for today's pressing issues in the Europe region and beyond.


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