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Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets - Japan and Asia

Date: 9 October 2019
Venue: Hotel New Otani Tokyo, 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8578, Japan

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) will hold their 3rd joint conference on Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets in Tokyo on 9 October 2019 following the remarkable scale and seniority of attendance at the 2018 event and the Japanese market’s strong growth.
 
The Asia-Pacific green bond market is growing faster than any other region (35% increase in issuance from 2017 to 2018) and has the most issuers (222) of any region. The Japanese market has been amongst the most dynamic, with issuance growing by around 66% to US$4bn equivalent in 2018. In the context of the vast scale and global importance of the Japanese bond market, growing Japanese activity in sustainable finance is attracting widespread attention. Also, many of the national governments in Asia-Pacific, including Japan, are innovators in sustainable finance policy and guidelines. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s guidance on green bonds and associated measures, including the knowledge sharing platform, present an advanced example of official support for the market. Among Asian regional bodies, the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum has adapted the Principles for regional purposes.
 
Japan has also been a leader in promoting the SDGs, an initiative with which its securities industry has proactively collaborated. The Principles support pursuit of the SDGs through the mapping of the Principles to the SDGs, published in 2018.
 
The event will bring important updates and debates on the rapid evolution of the market and official guidance internationally. The Tokyo conference will once again bring together issuers, underwriters, investors, policymakers, market infrastructure and service providers who are active in the Asian green and social bond markets.

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ICMA Training Course: Introduction to Green Bonds

Date: 14-15 October 2019
Venue: International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Limited, 23 College Hill, London, EC4R 2RP

This two-day course from ICMA provides a thorough and practically oriented introduction to the essentials of green bonds. Developed and delivered by a combination of leading market practitioners and ICMA’s green bond experts, the material also benefits from input from members of the GBP Executive Committee, comprising the elected representatives of the most significant issuers, investors and underwriters in the green bond market.

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Co-hosted by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany

Venue: Palmengarten Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt

The 2019 Green Bond Principles (GBP) and Social Bond Principles (SBP) Annual General Meeting and Conference was co-hosted by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and ICMA. The Green & Social Bond Principles are the most widely used framework for issuers in this international market, and continue to provide a foundation for new sustainable finance initiatives.

A landmark fixture for the sustainable finance sector, the conference covered topical areas including new corporate initiatives, sustainability classifications / taxonomies, emerging regulation, impact reporting and wider implications for corporate reporting, growth markets and a spotlight on developments in Germany. While focused on sustainable bond markets, many of these discussions were of relevance to other asset classes, including related products such as sustainable loans.

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Introduction to Green Bonds Course, Frankfurt, 11 June 2019
Hosted by Frankfurt School of Finance & Management


Venue: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Adickesallee 32-34, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This one day course from ICMA provided a thorough and practically oriented introduction to the essentials of green bonds. Developed and delivered by a combination of leading market practitioners and ICMA’s green bond experts, the material also benefited from input from members of the GBP SBP Executive Committee, comprising the elected representatives of the most significant issuers, investors and underwriters in the green bond market.

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