Sustainable Finance Forum is an annual forum for banks, microfinance institutions, asset managers, project sponsors, investors & financiers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that are committed to creating a social and environmental impact in the region. The forum aims to catalyze investments for sustainable infrastructure and development in the region, through innovative financing models.
The second edition of SusFinForum took place on 11-12 March 2020 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine Oleksiy Ryabchyn kicked off the forum on behalf of the Ministry highlighting the importance of the forum for Ukraine and the region. Andrii Stoliar, Investment Manager also welcomed the participants on behalf of our partner Finance in Motion representing Green for Growth Fund. The opening ceremony followed by a discussion with Matteo Patrone, the EBRD Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, who emphasized how EBRD is helping the region to build low carbon and resilient economies.
The inaugural edition of the forum took place on 22-23 May 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. Nearly 150 international and local financial organizations were involved in the conference. Topics such as improving the infrastructure investment environment, cooperation between private and public sectors, green economy financing opportunities and others were included in the agenda of the forum.
The Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia Erik Grigoryan and UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Dmitry Mariyasin had a welcome speech at the forum. The second day of the forum was kicked off by Marcos Athias Neto who is the Director of newly formed Finance Sector Hub in UNDP.
Finally, six start-ups pitched their business ideas in front of jury members. The winning start-up selected by the jury was Forest Berg with a mission to save forests from illegal logging activities and fire accidents by creating sustainable forest management, monitoring, protection, and governance system.