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Sustainable Financing of Cities

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How do we close the urban infrastructure gap through Sustainable Finance?

Countries have agreed to fund climate-related loss and damage to assist vulnerable communities. However, there continues to be a large gap in the financing of sustainable urban infrastructure. How can cities move from the rhetoric of ESG strategies to action and implementation?

Plenary I: Financing Trends and Innovations in Reaching Net Zero

Over the next decade, infrastructure financing is expected to undergo transformative shifts with the development of new financing tools. The intersection of digitalisation and technology will be crucial in sustainable finance and infrastructure development. How can we enable sustainable investments and what are some of the challenges of infrastructure digitalisation? This plenary will explore financing trends and innovations, including the role of digitalization in achieving net zero; and highlight the pivotal role that financial institutions play in shaping a low-carbon economy, such as through the provision of green frameworks and transition financing.


Isabel Chatterton
Regional Industry Director for Global Infrastructure, Asia Pacific, IFC


HE Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh
Mayor, Dhaka South
Dr Sadek Wahba
Chairman and Managing Partner, I Squared Capital
Sylvi J. Gani
Financial and Investment Director, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero)
Luca Tonello
Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance Asia Pacific,
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Plenary II: Innovative Approaches to Optimise Cities’ Potential for Sustainable Finance

Closing the financing gap sustainably requires cities to explore and urgently adopt innovative approaches, such as blended finance and land value capture.

How can we optimise cities’ potential for sustainable finance? This plenary seeks to discuss innovative approaches that optimise cities’ potential for sustainable finance while incorporating ESG into risk management and infrastructure planning, to improve the cities’ credit worthiness and drive sustainable financing of infrastructure.

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji
Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid

Minister of Development, Brunei Darussalam


Professor Greg Clark
Global Advisor on Cities, Transport, and Innovation


Koen Kennis
Vice Mayor, Antwerp
Sally Capp
Lord Mayor, Melbourne
Datuk Zulkurnain Bin Hassan
Vice Mayor, Kuala Lumpur
Professor Richard Kent Green
Director and Chair, USC Lusk Centre for Real Estate
Jim Hempstead
Managing Director of Global Project & Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s Investors Service
Abdoulaye Seck
Country Director, Bangladesh and Bhutan, World Bank