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The COP26 summit is now concluded after two-weeks of negotiations among world leaders to curb climate change. The result of these talks is the introduction of the Glasgow Climate Pact, officially agreed to by nearly 200 national signatories. Some are calling this agreement a success, others a failure, and many say it's somewhere in between. We outline the key takeaways from the Glasgow Climate Pact so you can decide for yourself.
For nearly three decades, the United Nations has brought together countries and world leaders at global climate summits called COP’s (“Conference of the Parties”) – in an effort to make the issue of climate change a global priority. As the 26th annual COP kicked off this week in Glasgow, countries are expected to update their plans for reducing emissions. Among the main topics to be discussed will be climate finance - local, national or transnational financing drawn from public, private and alternative sources that supports mitigation and adaptation actions to address climate change.
This year will be my 14th year of growing my MOustache (aka “MO) with Movember. I grow my MO to honor my father-in-law, who passed away from prostate cancer + our friend & teammate who we lost this year + the many friends who reach out when addressing their own health issues + to raise awareness and literally and figuratively change the face of men’s health. Movember is a fun approach to serious issues (testicular cancer for younger men + prostate cancer for older men + mental health for all of us), so I hope when you see our MOs that you will check yourself + remember to schedule your annual physicals + reach out if you need a friend.
Sovereign credit ratings are independent assessments of the creditworthiness of a country or sovereign entity. The Big Three credit rating companies—Moody’s Investors Service, S&P Global Ratings, and Fitch Ratings — are largely responsible for interpreting the level of investment risk associated with the debt of a particular country. However, a growing number of investors, academics, policymakers, and regulators question whether credit ratings are accounting for the impact of growing climate risks. If these risks materialize, they threaten to trigger climate-induced sovereign downgrades as early as 2030.
Roho the elephant is almost 3-years old now and he is doing well! Our journey began during an exploratory Zoom call, when I was asked about my 'elephant' logo. I shared my respect and concern for elephants and how I simply wanted to honor them within my logo, so that it would serve as a reminder that we need to protect the world around us. My contact then told me that he was originally from Kenya and that he recently adopted an orphaned elephant through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT), and I immediately did the same. I'm proud to share that we've renewed our adoption and support of Roho for another year!
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) – a critical element of the historic Paris Agreement - has become the world’s largest climate fund, mandated to support developing countries raise and realize their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) ambitions towards low-emissions, climate-resilient pathways. Climate change offers businesses an unprecedented chance to capitalize on new growth and investment opportunities that can protect the planet as well.  
As part of the EU’s 10-step program titled “Fit for 55,” the commission introduced a controversial proposal for a carbon border adjustment mechanism ("CBAM"). If adopted, the commission will impose a levy on imports in carbon-intensive sectors with lower environmental standards than the EU. The proposal must now undergo the EU’s legislative process that requires the approval of both the European Parliament and the Council before it comes into effect.
Impact Capital Partners has joined The Ocean Foundation (TOF) in their effort to plant and protect coastal wetlands to fight climate change. This amazing non-profit organization has widely promoted the concept of Blue Carbon — the capacity of the natural ecosystems of seagrasses, tidal marshes and mangroves to sequester large quantities of carbon in both the plants themselves and the sediment below.
Blended Finance is a structuring approach aimed to strategically mobilize private capital alongside development funding to finance sustainable development in emerging and frontier markets. The approach reduces the riskiness of an investment for private investors, thus leveraging the developing funding provided to accomplish certain United Nations SDGs.
Impact Capital Partners was founded with the goal of connecting institutional investors with impact investments. To simplify the process, we created our proprietary ImpactBrowser™ so that institutional investors can find and choose impact opportunities that match their needs.