The Africa and Middle East Working Group of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative includes 23 financial institutions that are signatories of the UNEP Statement of Commitment on Sustainable Development and/or the Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI).

The Group works with regional and local members and partners in Africa and the Middle East, and the subsidiaries of international organisations, to disseminate and communicate UNEP FI’s work, and contribute to delivering global projects such as tools and research to support sustainability in the financial sector.

The group works with local partners to deliver awareness raising and capacity building events around social and environmental risks and opportunities for financial institutions to help drive sustainable development in the real economy.

Further activities in the region include: Network-building in order to facilitate sharing of information and best practice between financial institutions; engagement with relevant stakeholders in the sustainable finance space in the region; providing access to UNEP FI industry and thematic outputs; workshops and online training courses.

UNEP FI engages with stakeholders that are relevant to sustainable finance in the region, including regulators, in particular central banks; banking associations; local sustainability networks and policy makers.

The Africa and Middle East Working Group was the first regional group within UNEP FI to be set up following the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development that took place in 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Training and professional development

UNEP FI has a range of training offerings, both online and in workshop format, covering several themes. For further information on each of these services, please visit the Sustainable Finance Training section.

Members

Financial institutions based in Africa and the Middle East which are UNEP FI Signatories

Supporting institutions

  • Association CAREDAS (Senegal)
  • Association of Banks (Jordan)
  • Banking Association South Africa (South Africa)
  • (South Africa)
  • Union of Arab Banks (Regional)
  • (South Africa)

Africa and Middle East Working Group Co-chairs
Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Access Bank Plc., Nigeria.
Vanessa.Otto-Mentz, Santam, South Africa

Regional Coordinator
Geeda Haddad ([email protected])

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  • BASA signs agreement to join UNEP FI as Supporting Institution

    On 27 May 2016, the Banking Association South Africa (BASA) signed an agreement to join UNEP FI as a supporting partner becoming the first Banking Industry Association in Africa and third globally, to achieve a Supporting Institution Status. This partnership comes in celebration of 15 years of collaboration between UNEP FI and BASA, a collaboration dating […]

  • Union of Arab Banks (UAB) first institution in the Arab region to join UNEP Finance Initiative as Supporting Institution

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  • Presentation and Launch of the Positive Impact Initiative, Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 November 2017

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