Credit Ratings and Sovereign Debt
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Renmin University Chongyang Financial Institute
Are sovereign bonds safe securities? In the past three years, the sovereign debt of the USA, Spain, Greece, Portugal and other nations have been downgraded. Sovereign bonds have generally been considered relatively risk-free, but that picture is changing. And the finance community is still ignoring one important piece of the puzzle in its analysis of sovereign bonds: ecological risk.
In her talk on “Credit Ratings,” Susan Burns, CEO of Global Footprint Network, will explain the organization’s latest research, which is demonstrating the relevance of ecological risks to the $40 trillion sovereign debt market and the health of national economies. Updated risk models are needed because the future will not look like the past: Increases in population and consumption are placing more pressure on nations’ limited natural resources, pushing up commodity prices. At the same time, climate change and pollution are sparking historic agreements like the one between the USA and China announced last week.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site - Sant Leopold Pavilion
St. Antoni M. Claret 167
Barcelona BioEconomy Forum is a policy-oriented but science-based solution-seeking platform, bringing together top-level company leaders with policy makers, scientists and other opinion leaders: blue-sky thinking firmly rooted in reality.
Barcelona BioEco 2014 is the first event in a series of biennial global forums on sustainable economic development derived from a wide variety of forest-based renewable resources and ecosystem services. The focus is on the challenges of the Mediterranean area and Southern Hemisphere – with strong global connections.
Alessandro Galli, Global Footprint Network's Mediterranean and MENA Regions Director, will speak on the first day of the Forum.
The Resource, Energy and Water Dialogue
At Global Eco Forum
Friday, November 28, 2014
10:00 – 11:30
Casa Llotja de Mar
Passeig Isabel II, 1
The so-called green economy will be the main topic for the Global Eco Forum 2014, an international meeting place for decision makers, opinion leaders and change agents, organized by the associations eco-union and Ascame, and hosted for the first time by the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders. This seventh edition will extend the debate on the critical topics of Green finance and Natural Resources Management, at the core of our economic and social development.
Alessandro Galli, Global Footprint Network's Mediterranean and MENA Regions Director, will speak at The Resource, Energy and Water Dialogue session that aims to answer: In the climate change era with insecure access to water, energy and raw materials, how do we promote the sustainable use of natural resources in our territories and industries without harming the economic and social development of the region?
To register, visit www.global-ecoforum.org/registration.
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel
At the Commonwealth Club
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel will speak on the Living Planet Report 2014 and Global Footprint Network’s Ecological Footprint accounting metrics. The Living Planet Report is the world’s leading, science-based analysis of the health of our planet and the impact of human activity, and was published in September 2014 by Global Footprint Network, WWF and the Zoological Society of London. Dr. Wackernagel is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and has worked on sustainability on six continents and lectured at more than 100 universities. His awards include the 2013 Prix Nature Swisscanto, the 2012 Blue Planet Prize, the 2012 Binding Prize for Environmental Conservation, the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment, a 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics.
For more information, visit www.commonwealthclub.org.