Sustainable Infrastructure: Valuing the cost of risks

Organization: UN Environment, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the MAVA Foundation, Sustainable Finance Geneva, and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

Location: International Environment House II


Governments, investors and citizens continue to debate the added value of
sustainable infrastructure. Some of the core questions they consider are the following:

- Does sustainable infrastructure systematically bring more value-for-money than business-as-usual alternatives?
- How can risks be reduced across an infrastructure project’s life cycle by incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations? How can we calculate the costs of these risks?

IISD and the MAVA Foundation built the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) to respond to these questions. SAVi calculates the costs of environmental, social, economic and governance risks. SAVi also places a dollar value on externalities that arise as a direct consequence of infrastructure development. SAVi is therefore able to show why sustainable infrastructure can deliver better value-for-money for citizens and investors alike. 

You are cordially invited to attend an event at International Environment House II on 19 March 2019, to debate SAVi’s early track record.

The meeting is organised by UN Environment, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the MAVA Foundation, Sustainable Finance Geneva, and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP). The event is being held within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network.

The new SAVi website will be launched and live from 19 March:

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Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

Organization: UNECE

Location: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

Description: The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region will be held on Thursday, 21 March, and Friday, 22 March 2019, at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). The Regional Forum will be aligned with the theme of the 2019 High-level Political Forum: "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality".

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Clean Energy in Africa

Organization: Co-organised with IHEID Africa Summit and Green Growth Knowledge Plateform (GGKP)

Location: Maison de la Paix, Room A2


How can Africa best harness the clean energy transition while meeting the energy needs and growth aspirations of its people?

Universal energy access is essential for economic development. Despite this,   600 million -  48% of Africa’s population - still lack access to electricity with the majority living in rural areas.  Expanding Africa’s access to electricity through grid, mini-grid, and off-grid solutions is key to create shared prosperity for all people of the continent.  Furthermore, by meeting electricity demand with clean energy  – hydro, geothermal, solar and wind – Africa can grow in an environmentally sustainable manner with minimal additions to overall carbon emissions and minimal impacts to biodiversity. 

At the initiative of the IHEID Africa Summit and jointly organized by the CIES and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, this event will discuss the opportunities and obstacles to develop clean energy through the African continent.

Welcome address:

  • John Maughan, Research Programme Manager, Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

  • Dr Joëlle Noailly, Head of Research, Head of Research, Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES)


  • Lucy Hunt, Renewable Energy Associate at World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

  • Prof. Malick Kane, Head of the Laboratory for Thermal Energy Systems (LTE), Haute école d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Fribourg

  • Youba Sokona, Senior Adviser, Sustainable Development, South Centre

This panel discussion is co-organised by IHEID Africa Summit and the Green Growth Knowledge Plateform(GGKP).

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Day of Cities

Organization: UNECE

Location: Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Description: The Day of Cities will bring together Mayors, urban managers and other key municipal practitioners for an exchange of views and knowledge sharing of good practices and successful planning strategies. In two roundtables, Mayors and Deputy Mayors will discuss approaches on how to create smart sustainable cities, focusing on ways to improve the quality of life of people and on improving efficiency of urban operations, services and competitiveness. 

Please see provisional programme here: English   French   Russian

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World Summit on the Information Societies Forum 2019

Organization: It is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNITAR, UNICEF and UN Regional Commissions).

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Description: The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is a global United Nations (UN) multistakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNITAR, UNICEF and UN Regional Commissions). It represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies. In follow up to the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes (Res. A/70/125) and with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Res. A/70/1), the WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2019, WSIS will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the establishment of WSIS Forum from April 8 to 12, under the theme “Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. WSIS Forum thereby continues to provide a platform for a “just and equal information society” for all WSIS Stakeholders as set by the Geneva Plan of Action.

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GIS for a Sustainable World Conference

Organization: Esri

Location: Geneva, Switzerland | InterContinental Geneva Hotel


Collaborating for a better world

This year's conference drives peer collaboration and confronts global issues - like social accountability. Start leveraging powerful GIS technology in new ways to build a better world by ending poverty, inequality, climate change, improving health, and more.

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Social Impact Investment: The Impact Imperative for Sustainable Development

Organization: Graduate Institute, the Centre for Finance and Development

Location: Maison de la paix, in auditorium A2


The Centre for Finance and Development has the great pleasure to welcome Karen Wilson, who has been leading the OECD work on Social Impact Investment (SII) as part of the Financing for Sustainable Development team in the Development Co-operation Directorate.

Karen Wilson will present the new  OECD report “Social  Impact  Investment 2019: The Impact Imperative for Sustainable Development”. This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report  "Social Impact Investment: Building the Evidence Base", bringing new evidence on the role of SII in financing sustainable development. It depicts the state of play of SII approaches globally, comparing regional trends, and assesses its prospects, with a special focus on data issues and recent policy developments. Importantly, it provides new guidance for policy makers in OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as providers of development co-operation, development financers, social impact investment practitioners and the private sector more broadly, to help them maximise the contribution of social impact investing to the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it provides four sets of recommendations on financing, innovation, data and policy for delivering on the “impact imperative” of financing sustainable development.

Karen has been working with the OECD since 2009 on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, innovation and finance to impact investment and sustainable development. She is also an Associate Fellow at Oxford Said Business School and visiting lecturer at other institutions, including in the Geneva Graduate Institute's new SDG Investing Executive Education programme

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AI for Good - Global Summit

Organization: ITU in partnership with UN Sister agencies, XPRIZE Foundation and ACM.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Description: Connecting AI innovators with problem owners for sustainable development

Influential audience

Leading minds in AI, business, government, civil society and international cooperation. Global coverage in world-renowned media.  

Exhibits and Demos

Latest innovations in AI on show, demonstrated by their supporting companies, governments and UN agencies.  

Action oriented

Project pitches by ‘AI Breakthrough Tracks’ mentored by expert audience. Projects aim for global impact in the near term. 

Join the movement

Network with like-minded innovators in search of global impact. Meet your partner for the next wave of innovation in AI.