The Financial System We Need: From Momentum to Transformation


The Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has been initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to advance policy options to improve the financial system’s effectiveness in mobilizing capital towards a green and inclusive economy—in other words, sustainable development. Established in January 2014, it published the first edition of ‘The Financial System We Need’ in October 2015. The second edition is out now! The Inquiry’s mandate currently extends to the end of 2017, with work focused on deepening and taking forward its findings. 

The 2016 second edition of ‘The Financial System We Need’ is organized into three physical parts:

  1. Highlights: this stand-alone policy summary of the key messages, arguments, conclusions and recommendations.
  2. Main report: (a) key messages; (b) highlights of the overall report; followed by the (c) main body of the report comprising: An in-depth review of recent momentum,  An exploration of the significance of financial technology, or ‘fintech’,  The first iteration of a proposed performance framework, and  Key conclusions and recommendations.
  3. Working papers: a series of six technical papers covering each topic of the main report, authored by the UNEP Inquiry and partners, will be released separately.

In addition, it is recommend that the second edition be read in conjunction with a number of other recently published pieces, including:

Download the report (pdf)

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