ADB Becomes Observer for the Network for Greening the Financial System

ADB has joined the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) joined the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer on June 23, 2020.

NGFS, launched at the Paris One Planet Summit on December 12, 2017, is a group of central banks and supervisors willing to share best practices and contribute to the development of environment and climate risk management in the financial sector, while mobilising mainstream finance to support the transition toward a sustainable economy.

“NGFS is a valuable network to share ADB’s approaches and experience in addressing climate risk management in the financial sector,” said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada. “We look forward to learning from and contributing to the network as we continue our pursuit of a more green and sustainable future.”

ADB joins the ranks of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as NGFS observers.

“ADB’s operational experience in implementing climate finance targets as well as its expertise in mobilizing innovative finance to support the transition of emerging Asian countries into sustainable economies will be of great value in supporting the work of NGFS,” said NGFS Chair Frank Elderson.

The banks’ inclusion to the NGFS is aligned with the goals in its corporate strategy, the Strategy 2030, particularly in tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability; fostering regional cooperation and integration; and strengthening governance and institutional capacity.

In June, we had reported that more and consistent investments in clean energy infrastructure will contribute to Asia and the Pacific’s (APAC’s) recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and make economies more resilient against similar future shocks, participants at the 15th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2020 organised by the Asian Development Bank.

“It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis has made tackling climate change and other development issues an even bigger challenge,” said Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa.

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