Building Bridges 2023

  • 2 October 2023
  • Centre International de Conférences Genève
  • Online

Event Overview

Building Bridges is back with its fourth edition, the high-level Summit and Action Days will offer ground- breaking discussions on sustainable finance, explore concrete ways to achieve the SDGs with renowned experts, and launch new initiatives. The event aims to create synergies, support new initiatives and make finance a key catalyst for change.  Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of The Club of Rome and Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Vice-President of The Club of Rome will participate in several sessions exploring the need for COP reform, rethinking finance for a post-growth economy and the implications and possibilities of digital money.

RETHINKING FINANCE FOR A POST-GROWTH ECONOMY

5 October, 10:00 to 11:00 (CET)
Centre International de Conférences Genève – Room E

This session will explore the concept of post-growth economics and its implications for the finance sector. Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of The Club of Rome will join industry experts and creative minds to ask the following questions: What are the opportunities in the post-growth economy? What does it mean for finance? How can we build sustainable business models for a post-growth economy?

DIGITAL MONEY: EXPECTATIONS, REALITIES, PROSPECTS

5 October, 13:30 to 15:00 (CET)
Centre International de Conférences Genève – Room A
Livestream: https://www.buildingbridges.org/event/bb23-senbumo/

Fifteen years ago, blockchains and bitcoins highlighted the news, promising a new era of “free” currencies. Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Vice-President of The Club of Rome will be a speaker in this session which look at Where do we stand today? Do blockchain currencies match the more traditional credit card payment systems? How did the financial system react and what about digital currencies emitted by Central Banks?

Speakers include: Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Vice-President of The Club of RomeSabrina Boudefar, Founder and Web3 Strategist – NOMA Tokenomics, Nathan Sussman, Director – Center for Finance and Development, Anna-Riikka Kauppinen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology – Geneva Graduate Institute, Nadja Skaljic, Board Member – Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust and Arkan Akin, Co-Founder – Toronet.

THE ROAD TO COP28

5 October, 17:30 to 18:30 (CET)
Centre International de Conférences Genève – Room A

At the heart of the discussion is the recognition that the world’s first global stocktake, which will take stage at COP28, presents a pivotal moment in our collective efforts to combat climate change. While the Paris Agreements set forth ambitious goals and commitments to limit global warming to a 1.5 scenario, the metrics are depicting a disheartening reality: many countries and corporate strategies are falling short of what is required to keep us on track towards a sustainable future. Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of The Club of Rome will join experts to tackle these questions and explore the necessary steps for ensuring that the pace for climate action in the coming years is on the right track and that the needle keeps moving in the right direction, especially in the Global South which trails far behind.

Speakers include: Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of The Club of Rome, Daniela Stoffel, State Secretary for International Finance – Federal Department of Finance, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President and Chief Executive Officer – UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators, Paul Polman, Business Leader, Climate and Equality Campaigner – Net Positive and Sebastião Salgado, Photographer & Activist.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of The Club of Rome shares her experience of #BuildingBridges23 and her insights on sustainable finance.

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