Finance at COP26 | Nigel Topping & Manuel Pulgar-Vidal | Ethical Finance 2020

What can finance do to make the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow successful? Two senior figures from COPs past and future discuss. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Chair of COP26, former Environment Minister of Peru and currently the Global Practice Leader for Energy and Climate at WWF outlines how essential non-state actors – including companies, cities and civil society – are to making climate summits successful, while Nigel Topping, the High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP26 explains how he is promoting that in his role.


Ethical Finance 2020 (EF2020) convened the world’s foremost business, political, civic and social leaders for a virtual summit to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system. The annual Ethical Finance summit is organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), which coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change.

It is now widely recognised that the financial services sector has a fundamental role to play in delivering universally supported targets such as the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as supporting economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite its potential, the current financial system can be a cause – rather than a solution – to some of the pressing challenges our planet and its people currently face. Ethical Finance 2020 explored how the finance services can support inclusive economic growth without depleting natural resources or leaving anyone behind.

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