Regional Coordinator for Europe Office, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
About the Congress
On September 29 – 30, the first Ecumene 2021 Congress on sustainable development in the financial sector was held in Moscow under the auspices of the United Nations.
The Congress's Venue
Congress Hall, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
100 Novaya Street, Skolkovo, Odintsovsky District, Moscow Region
«Gazprombank» (Joint – stock Company) is one of the largest multi- faceted financial institutions in Russia, providing a wide range of banking, financial, investment products and services to corporate and private customers, financial institutions, institutional and private investors. The Bank is one of the three largest banks in Russia by all major indicators and ranks third in the list of banks in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of equity.
The bank provides services to key sectors of the Russian economy – gas, oil, nuclear, chemical and petrochemical, ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, electric power industry, engineering and metalworking, transport, construction, communications, agriculture, trade and other industries.
Retail business is also a strategically important activity of the Bank, and its scale is consistently increasing. Private customers are offered a full range of services: credit programs, deposits, payment transactions, electronic bank cards, etc.
Gazprombank has a strong position on national and global financial markets, holding Russian leadership in arranging and underwriting corporate bond issues, asset management, private banking, corporate financing, and other areas of investment banking.
The Bank’s customers number about 5 mln individuals and about 45,000 legal entities.
PJSC Sberbank is Russia’s largest bank and a leading global financial institution. Holding almost one-third of aggregate Russian banking sector assets, Sberbank is the key lender to the national economy and one of the biggest deposit takers in Russia. Sber unveiled its plans to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2030 in May 2021 In 2020, Sber embarked on its ESG transformation and approved its ESG strategy, which became an integral part of the company’s Strategy 2023 The Government of the Russian Federation represented by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation is the principal shareholder of PJSC Sberbank owning 50% plus one voting share of the bank’s authorized capital, with the remaining 50% minus one voting share held by domestic and international investors. Sberbank has customers in 18 countries. The bank has a major distribution network in Russia with about 14,000 branches, while its international operations – subsidiary banks, branches, and chapters – include the UK, US, CIS, Central and Eastern Europe, India, China, and other countries. It holds general banking license No. 1481 dd. August 11, 2015, from the Bank of Russia. Official websites of the bank: www.sberbank.com (Sberbank Group website), www.sberbank.ru. n 2020 Sberbank underwent a rebranding, offering financial and non-financial services of the bank and Sberbank Group to individual and corporate customers. Today, the Sber ecosystem is a raft of services for life and daily assistance in handling pressing everyday issues for individual customers and businesses. The Sber ecosystem website: www.sber.ru. www.sber.ru.
The State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” (ROSATOM)
State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” or ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders. It is a multi-industry holding comprising assets in power engineering, machine engineering and construction, among others.
Having competencies across the entire nuclear fuel cycle, the corporation boasts the largest foreign project portfolio in the world with 35 power units at different stages of implementation in 12 countries.
ROSATOM is the largest producer of electricity in Russia, ensuring over 20% of the country’s energy needs. ROSATOM also ventures into manufacturing equipment and isotopes for nuclear medicine, does research, materials studies, digital products, manufactures various innovative nuclear and non-nuclear products. The corporation is engaged into low-carbon generation, including wind energy.
In 2020, ROSATOM joined the UN Global Compact Network, which unites sustainable businesses across the globe. Contribution to the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals is stated in the Strategy as one of ROSATOM’s top priorities.
The corporation includes about 300 enterprises and organizations employing a total of more than 275,000 people.
PJSC “MMC “Norilsk Nickel”
Nornickelis Russia’s leading metals and mining company, No. 1 manufacturer of palladium and refined nickel, and one of the biggest platinum and copper producers. The Group also produces cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium, and sulphur.
The Nornickel Group’s core operations are prospecting, exploration, mining, concentration and processing of minerals along with the production, marketing and sales of non-ferrous and precious metals. The products are supplied to over 30 countries.
The Group’s production units are located in Russia (Norilsk Industrial District, Kola Peninsula and Trans-Baikal Territory), Finland, Australia and South Africa.
The Company’s securities are among the most liquid instruments on domestic and foreign equity markets. In Russia, the shares of MMC Norilsk Nickel are on the First Level quotation list of the Moscow Exchange and admitted to trading at the Saint-Petersburg Exchange. Its ADRs are traded on the US OTC market, and in the electronic trading system of OTC markets at the London, Berlin and Frankfurt stock exchanges. The Company’s ADRs are also included in the FTSE Russia IOB Index of the London Stock Exchange.
The Company views firm commitment to the principles of social and environmental responsibility as a prerequisite for its sustainable and effective development. In pursuing the business objectives, Nornickel puts its social mission first by complying with the principles of corporate social responsibility and building lasting relationships with the society, local communities across the corporate footprint and the Company’s employees.
As Russia’s largest metals and mining company and one of the nation’s most responsible employers, Nornickel pays special attention to the health and safety of its employees and environmental protection, and fully complies with the country’s applicable laws and regulations. The Company provides ample career opportunities for both young talents and professionals with extensive experience by supporting the employees who wish to improve their qualifications. Nornickel offers avenues for professional growth and encourages intra-Group mobility.
The Company’s commitment to the principles of social responsibility manifests itself in a number of practical initiatives, including, inter alia, those ensuring the sustainable development of the regions where we operate. The World of New Opportunities is among the Group’s major charitable programmes seeking to create a propitious environment and open up new opportunities in the Krasnoyarsk and Trans-Baikal Territories and the Murmansk Region. It was designed to support and encourage public initiatives, develop social partnerships, promote new social technologies and foster soft skills among local communities.
Nornickel is one of the world’s leading metals and mining companies laying emphasis on cooperation with international NGOs as a tool to exchange best practices in production, environmental protection, social policies and other applicable areas.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 set new targets for the transformation of humanity. To achieve them we need to unite efforts of different countries, as well as to build positive cooperation between government, business and civil society. An important factor in this process is creating and shaping universal, unanimous rules of the game for the new economic reality.
Russia plays a crucial role in achieving the world climate balance, acting as a global environmental donor.
It is one of the main players of the global economic agenda, that is reflected in the substantial volume of its business contacts, trade and financial flows with developed and developing countries.
At the same time, the lack of a systematic dialogue between Russian business and representatives of the international community on the development and achievement of sustainable development goals creates a serious communication gap and leads to significant risks for business.
The mission of the congress
is to include Russia's position in the global agenda of sustainable development.
09:50 – 11:30
Plenary Session. Global Transition to a Sustainable Future and Russia’s Place Within it
12:00 – 13:00
Finance Initiatives of a Sustainable Future: How the UN is Changing the World of Finance
14:00 – 15:00
Sustainable Development and Capital Flows: Bridging Climate and Finance
15:30 – 16:30
Role of Asset Owners, Asset Managers and Financial Intermediaries in Sustainable Development
17:00 – 18:15
Economics and Finance of Biodiversity
10:00 – 11:00
Present and Future of Sustainable Finance Regulations
11:30 – 12:30
Energy Industry in the Age of Energy Transition
13:00 – 14:00
Sustainability Disclosure: Best Practices from an International Investor Perspective
15:00 – 16:00
Sustainable Economy and Responsible Finance in the Arctic
16:30 – 17:30
Blue Economy: Financing Life Below Water
18:00 - 19:00
Reaching UNSDGs by 2030: Next Steps
* The Programme may be subject to change
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
CEO, Gazprombank-Asset Management
Chairman of INDEPENDENT ENERGY LLC, Russia, Co-Founder of DN Platform
Global Head of Structured Trade & Export Finance, UniCredit
Head of the Center for Bioeconomics and Eco-Innovation, Faculty of Economics at MSU
Deputy Chairwoman of the Management Board, Gazprombank JSC
Senior Vice President for Sustainable Development, PJSC 'MMC 'Norilsk Nickel'
European Coordinator, UNEP FI
Representative of the Deutsche Bundesbank in Moscow
First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of SberBank
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Shanghai Treasure Carbon
Director, WWF Russia
Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge
Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG Climate Action
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainalytics
Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations
Urban Economy Consultant, World Bank, Rwanda
Team Lead (Climate Finance), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Director of Luxembourg Treasury
Leading Expert of the TASS Press-Center
Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Head of Sustainable Development Department, International & Comparative Law Research Center; Former Ambassador of Luxembourg
Director CIIC UNIDO Russia
Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Ambasssado...
Director of United Nations Information Centre in Moscow, Chairman of the UN Country Team in Russia
General Director, Russian Energy Agency (REA) of the Ministry of Energy of Russia
Advisor on Complexity, Resilience and Energy Transition, Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Amsterdam, Professor of P...
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Russian Federation
Managing Director of Kumi Analytics Pte Ltd
Senior Adviser (Russia as a Sustainable Finance Market Division), CICERO
Member of the Management Board, First Deputy Director General, PJSC RusHydro
EU’s Ambassador at Large for the Arctic, Special Envoy for Arctic Matters
Director of the Office of Climate Change at the Biodiversity and Environment (OCB), Officer in Charge of Land and Water Division (...
Founder and Executive Director, The European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST)
First Vice President, VEB.RF — Member of the Management Board
Chief Executive Officer, European Banking Federation
CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact
Managing Director, Sovcombank
Head of Cabinet to Ms McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union
Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
SDG Finance Advisor, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (Europe and CIS Region)
Adviser to the Head of the Federal Agency for Water Resources (Rosvodresursy)
Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Planet
Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Explorer in Residence, Pristine Seas Founder and Leader, National Geographic Society
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation
General Director, International and Comparative Law Research Center
Practice Manager of the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice in the Europe and Central Asia region, World Bank
The Sixth UN Environment Executive Director, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
First Vice President, Gazprombank JSC
Chairman of the Energy Committee, Association of European Businesses
UN Goodwill Ambassador, Chair of All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation
Music Adjunct Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Director, Arctic Economic Council
Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action, Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team
CEO of the Nobel Foundation, Formerly Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Programme Officer, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Director of the Department of Financial Policy, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation
Director, Head of Sustainable Finance Division, University of Cambridge
Former Director of Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division, UNCBD
CEO of the Association of European Businesses (AEB)
Sustainability Ratings Officer, DZ Bank
Director, IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (IUCN ECARO)
Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia
Head of Corporate Affairs Development Division of the Corporate Affairs Department of the Central Bank of Russia
Countries – Congress Participants
United States of America
United Arab Emirates
Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation
Agency for Strategic Initiatives
Ak Bars Bank PJCS
All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation
Arctic Economic Council
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Aton Capital Ltd.
Baltic Chemical Complex Ltd
Bank of Russia
Cherkizovo Group CJSC
Citibank Russia JSC
Climate Policy Initiative
Composite cluster of Saint-Petersburg
Convention on Biological Diversity
Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic
Credit Bank of Moscow
Embassy of Canada
Embassy of Germany
EU Delegation to Russia
Eurasian Development Bank
Eurasian Economic Commission
Federal Agency for Water Resources (Rosvodresursy)
Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation
Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System PJSC
Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources
Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Forum Analytical Center
Gazprom Neft PJSC
Henkel Rus Ltd.
Ile de Beauté
Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (IPACS RANEPA)
Inter RAO PJSC
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
Irkutsk Oil Company
Krasnaya Polyana Resort
Kumi Analytics Pte Ltd
Lomonosov Moscow State University
LSR Group CJSC
Mann Ivanov and Ferber
Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC
Moscow School of Management Skolkovo
National Chamber of Technology
National Geographic Society
National Rating Agency
National Technology Initiative Platform JSC
NK Rosneft PJSC
NK RussNeft PJSC
Northwest Peat Company, Ltd.
Power Machines JSC
Project Office for Arctic Development
Prosperity Capital Management
River Capital Club
Rockefeller Capital Management
Rosatom Technical Academy
Rusatom Energy International JSC
Russian Agricultural Bank JSC
Russian Energy Agency
Russian Export Center JSC
RUSSIAN RAILWAYS JSC
Russian Water and Wastewater Association
SBER Legal Ltd.
Siberian Bio Coal Ltd.
Sistema Public Joint Stock Financial Corporation
SOYUZEXPERTIZA CCI RF (SOEX)
St. Petersburg State University
St. Petersburg State University of Economics
State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (ROSATOM)
State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency
State Corporation Rostec
T Plus PJSC
The Central Bank of the Russian Federation
The Earth Institute at Columbia University
The Far East High Technology Fund Ltd.
The Government of Moscow
The Industrial Development Fund
The Internet Initiatives Development Fund
The Russian Direct Investment Fund
The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
The Sapienza University of Rome
The Skolkovo Foundation
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)
Tinkoff Bank JSC
United Company RUSAL
United Metallurgical Company JSC
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
United Wagon Company (RPC UWC) PJSC
Universite Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne Sorbonne
University of Amsterdam
University of Cambridge
US - Russia Business Council
VTB Bank PJSC
World Wildlife Fund Arctic Programme
X5 Retail Group
Terms of Participation
Congress participant package
Participation in the Congress in the online format is free of charge for registered participants.
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UN Goodwill Ambassador Viacheslav Fetisov and the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry discussed the importance of bringing climate and nature issues together.
Within the Business Program of the Congress there will be a theme-based section under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).
UN Goodwill Ambassador Viacheslav Fetisov and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Russian Federation His Excellency Omar Saif Saeed Ghobash discussed opportunities for cooperation in preparation for the Congress.
COP President Designate the Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP noted the leading role of Congress organizers in mobilising finance in Russia in support of climate goals and said that the British Embassy will work to ensure senior UK participation in the event.
The Congress’s Venue
Congress Hall, SKOLKOVO Campus, 100 Novaya Street, Skolkovo, Odintsovsky District, Moscow Region