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SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance and LSE Grantham Institute jointly organise London Climate Action Week Digital event on ‘Central Banks and Climate Change’

18 June 2020
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The SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance and the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment are jointly organising a London Climate Action Week Digital event on ‘Central Banks and Climate Change: The Short and Long View’ on 1 July 2020. Central banks are playing a crucial role in shaping the responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Central banks have intervened on an unprecedented scale to avert a full-scale financial and economic meltdown, leading for calls on central banks to also throw their full weight behind fighting climate change and supporting a just transition. Against this backdrop, this London Climate Action Week event will discuss how central banks can fulfil their mandates for macro-financial stability and align their COVID-19 response measures with the Paris Agreement and avoid lock-in to a high-carbon recovery. It will also discuss whether a new era of central banking is dawning, and if so, what the new normal for central banks should look like in a decade from now.

Speakers include Shamshad Akhtar, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Karandaaz Pakistan and former central bank governor of Pakistan; Danae Kyriakopoulou, the Chief Economist and Director of Research of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum; Nick Robins, a Professor of Practice in Sustainable Finance at LSE Grantham Institute; Adam Tooze, the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and Director of the European Institute at Columbia University; and Ulrich Volz, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance and Reader in Economics at SOAS.

Participation is free but registration is necessary. Further details on the event and a registration link can be found on the events page.

Last year, the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance organised three events during the first ever London Climate Action Week. London Climate Action Week was called into life on behest of Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, as London’s response to the climate emergency. It brings together London’s climate expertise and talent from across sectors to run events across the city focused on taking local, national and international action. 

Due to COVID-19 London Climate Action Week 2020 will take place in two instalments across the year. London Climate Action Week Digital will run from 1-3 July. It will convene climate leadership across London to deliberate the climate policy response to COVID-19. London Climate Action Week 2020 will run from 16-22 November. LCAW 2020 will bring together climate leadership from across London to generate and scale-up solutions to the climate emergency.

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