Attending IFC Sustainability Exchange 2017 in Cartagena

After attending IFC’s flagship annual Sustainability Exchange in 2016 , I was pleased to be invited once more to attend the upcoming IFC 2017 Sustainability Exchange which – for the first time – will not be held in IFC’s HQ in Washington DC. It will be interesting to see how this format change may engage a new set of stakeholders, create new angles and insights, and further leverage knowledge sharing.

The meeting agenda and line-up of speakers continues to be both impressive and global in scope. Extractives and infrastructure continue to be core themes. Climate, gender, engagement and peace building receive top billing. Competing peer learning sessions on transparency, renewables, and urban boom will pull attendees in different directions. And this is only day one of the two-day event, which is flanked by a series of side events and side meetings.

Other sessions scheduled for the second day which got my attention revolve around project-level grievance mechanism, livelihood restoration, and conflict and cooperation. These are all critical elements in the context of developers pursuing, securing and maintaining their social license to operate, which is also growing in importance in the context of investor-state dispute settlements (ISDS).

Hope to be able to post a blog or two (keeping in mind the need to respect Chatham House Rule) during or after attending the event.

Will you be attending the IFC 2017 Sustainability Exchange in Cartagena? What is attracting you to this event?

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