The International Sustainable Finance Centre of Excellence is pleased to once again welcome you to Ireland's 6th annual Climate Finance Week Ireland (#CFWI23), the premier gathering of stakeholders dedicated to advancing sustainable finance and addressing climate change.
This year's theme, "Exploring a Sustainable and Just Economic Transition," underscores not only our ongoing commitment to ESG principles and our commitment to exploring how to achieve a just green economic transition.
Despite global challenges, including heightened security concerns and ongoing humanitarian crises, we remain steadfast in propelling the sustainable finance agenda forward. CFWI23 will showcase progress in catalysing funding for the transition via the European Green Deal and sustainable finance initiatives. Additionally, we'll spotlight biodiversity as a new strategic imperative.
Talent development remains central to Ireland's climate finance policy. Through partnership with industry, the Skillnet Ireland-supported Sustainable Finance Skillnet offers world-class training programs showcased during Climate Finance Week. These programs bridge the gap between financial sector needs, EU standards, sustainable development goals, and international upskilling requirements. All of which is on offer through the International Sustainable Finance Centre of Excellence.
We are also thrilled that, once again, #CFWI23 features distinguished speakers, building on our tradition of hosting renowned figures like European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Carney, Mary Schapiro, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, Paschal Donohoe, T.D, and more. This year there are also lots of practical workshops and events designed to increase practitioners’ skills and showcase the latest developments in sustainable finance practices.
Our event has grown exponentially, from 600 attendees in 2018 to over 5.5 thousand last year, with social media impressions soaring from 280,000 to 10.4 million. Thank you for joining us once again this year to further shape the future of sustainable finance.