Event

WCC Webinar: Climate-Responsible Finance - a Moral Imperative towards Children

A capacity building session on the Statement “Climate Responsible Finance -  A Moral Imperative Towards Children”, released on 9 May by  the World Council of Churches (WCC), United Nations Environment Programme, Muslim Council of Elders, and NY Board of Rabbis.

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Maria holds her son Isaac under the overpass at Chamelecón, along with hundreds of others her house was washed away and she lost all her belongings. Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit hard on the north coast of Honduras, leaving some areas flooded for three weeks, destroying people's furniture, belongings, vehicles and houses as well as standing crops.

Maria holds her son Isaac under the overpass at Chamelecón, along with hundreds of others her house was washed away and she lost all her belongings. Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit hard on the north coast of Honduras, leaving some areas flooded for three weeks, destroying people's furniture, belongings, vehicles and houses as well as standing crops.

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20 May 2022
15:00 (CEST)

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The landmark joint appeal, “Climate-Responsible Finance – A moral imperative and responsibility to all children and the living world“ calls upon financial service providers to require "oil and gas companies to stop all new development or expansion projects…including especially all such projects in the Arctic region,” and to join “the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner, Banking and/or Insurance Alliances, depending on the type of financial institution concerned, if they are not yet part of them.”

Duration of the webinar: 90 minutes

Invitees/Target Audience:
Faith Leaders
Finance Leaders
UN agencies
Child-focused agencies’ Finance Directors
Churches’ Commitments to Children network
Christian, Interfaith and secular partners
Members of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children
Civil Society Partners
Private Sector partners

WCC, United Nations Environment Programme, Muslim Council of Elders, NY Board of Rabbis sign joint appeal for climate-responsible finance as a moral imperative towards children - (WCC news release 9 May 2022)

Event program

Topic

Moderator/Speakers

Welcome

Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca, Acting General Secretary, WCC

Prof. Dr. Iyad Moghli, Director, UNEP Faith4Earth

Introduction

Frederique Seidel, WCC Programme Executive

THE CHALLENGE:

  • IPCC report findings – why financial choices are essential
  • What the IPCC findings mean for children
  • What does finance sector leadership on climate change look like today?

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Iyad Moghli

  • Silvie Kreibiehl, coordinating lead author for the finance chapter in the 4 April report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Prof. Kristie Ebi, Department of Global Health, University of Washington. IPCC author.
  • Remco Fischer, Climate Change Lead, UNEP-Finance Initiative (FI)

THE SOLUTIONS:

Why the Statement “Climate-Responsible Finance – A Moral Imperative Towards Children” was launched  - Testimonials by signatories

Moderator: Frederique Seidel

Rabbi Potasnik, Executive Vice-President, New York Board of Rabbis

H.E. Judge Abdelsalam, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Elders – tbc

Why is climate-responsible finance an urgent child protection measure?

Kayah George, Canada, Youth Environmental Activist from Tsleil Waututh nation member, and Tulalip Tribes member

How can everyone translate the statement into action?

Gunnela Hahn,  Church of Sweden, Head of Sustainable Investment

Questions & Answers

Moderator: Frederique Seidel

From intention to action - Inspiring ways of walking the talk:

What happened after the COP 26 interfaith statement[1] which said: “We call upon financial institutions, banks and investors to adopt responsible financing for investments that have positive impacts on people and the planet.”

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Iyad Moghli

Rev. Fletcher Harper, Greenfaith

Prof. V. Ramanathan, Council Member, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican

Rev. Dr. James Rev James Bhagwan, General Secretary, Pacific Conference of Churches

Dr. Harold D. Hunter, Pentecostal World Fellowship

Questions & Answers

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Iyad Moghli

Resources for engagement by every asset owner

Frederique Seidel, WCC

THE WAY FORWARD:

Sharing insights and planning next steps.

Moderators:

Prof. Dr. Iyad Moghli & Frederique Seidel

CONCLUSIONS

Prof. Dr. Iyad Moghli, Frederique Seidel

 


[1] https://www.oikoumene.org/resources/documents/faith-and-science-an-appe…