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F5 - Shaping a resilient and sustainable urban future: The insurance industry and cities agenda going forward

Session Description

Facilitator: Butch Bacani, Program Leader, UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative, Geneva, Switzerland

Invited Panelists:

  • Astrid Zwick, Head, G7 InsuResilience Initiative, Bonn, Germany 
  • Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jed Patrick Mabilog, Mayor, City of Iloilo, Philippines 
  • Youssef Nassef, Director, Adaptation Programme, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability

Organized in cooperation with UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI)


This session will summarize the key outcomes of the disaster risk reduction, insurance and investment sessions of the Summit to help shape the insurance industry and cities agenda going forward. In this context, it will also discuss:

  • Opportunities in the context of the intergovernmental initiatives such as the G7 Climate Risk Insurance Initiative (InsuResilience), Vulnerable Twenty Group of Ministers of Finance (V20), UN Environment’s Sustainable Insurance Forum for Supervisors, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clearinghouse for Risk Transfer;
  • Next key steps on how the insurance industry and cities can work together and raise ambition in shaping a resilient and sustainable urban future, in line with the aims of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the New Urban Agenda.