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Aligning Finance with the Paris Agreement: Lessons from Public and Private Banks

2020 is a critical year for climate action. A growing number of voices are calling on banks to align their activities with climate goals.

Join the conversation: #climatefinance and #fridaysforfinance

WRI is proud to host a conversation with leaders, Emma Navarro and Ivan Frishberg, from two very different types of banks.

What both institutions have in common is a commitment to align their portfolios with the Paris Agreement. Navarro and Frishberg will discuss the steps their institutions have taken to align with the Agreement’s climate goals, the challenges they faced, what they plan next, and how other financial institutions can follow in their footsteps.

UPDATE: A very special guest, Ms. Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission, will provide closing remarks.

This will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the World Resources Institute.


  • Emma Navarro, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (largest multilateral development bank in the world)
  • Ivan Frishberg, First Vice President of Sustainability Banking and Director of Impact Policy of Amalgamated Bank (largest union-owned bank in the United States)
  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute
  • Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General for Energy, European Commission

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