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Dear reader,

As countries continue to reel from the social and economic fallout from the Covid-19 global pandemic, mobilising vast amounts of capital will be crucial to recovery. How to ‘build back better’ will largely be contingent on political will and the targeted financing of recovery programmes.

Tomorrow, at the annual Unlocking Capital for Sustainability event, Eco-Business, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, will convene high-level decision makers to discuss and commit to actionable initiatives that mobilise the capital markets for sustainable development in Asia Pacific.

We will debate some of the biggest quandaries facing governments and businesses, including how to scale sustainable finance, the risks associated with ESG and how government and the private sector can work closer together to deploy the vast sums needed to ensure a green recovery.

This year's event features a global set of speakers discussing the way forward in re-building our economies — we invite you to join us in this important conversation by registering here.

See you there.

Gillian Parker

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The end is in sight for coal as pressure builds on Asia to squeeze pipeline

The end is in sight for coal as pressure builds on Asia to squeeze pipeline

There has been a 76 per cent reduction in proposed coal power since 2015, according to a new report, bringing the end of new coal construction into sight. The pressure is now on Asia to end coal for good.

Attacks on environmental defenders hit record numbers

Attacks on environmental defenders hit record numbers

In 2020, 227 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2020—an average of more than four a week. In Asia, the Philippines is the most dangerous country for environmental activists.

Anti-environmental values revealed in Singapore’s history textbooks

Anti-environmental values revealed in Singapore’s history textbooks

Singapore’s history textbooks have presented the non-human environment as a reservoir of natural resources, something to be feared or something to be controlled and tamed in the service of progress, new research reveals.

'Sustainable' seafood certification boosts company share prices: study

'Sustainable' seafood certification boosts company share prices: study

The certification by Marine Stewardship Council leads to higher share prices for seafood companies. But the eco label overlooks an increasingly important factor for 'sustainable' seafood: how marine animals are treated before they're eaten.

'People power works': Malaysian peat forest regazetted after activist pressure

'People power works': Malaysian peat forest regazetted after activist pressure

Legal protection for the Kuala Langat north forest reserve in Selangor is to be reinstated following a public outcry over a planned property development.

Closing the gaps in the circular economy

Closing the gaps in the circular economy

Clarissa Morawski from non-profit Reloop tells the Eco-Business podcast why the circular economy is key to the post-Covid recovery.

Kickstarting Australia’s green hydrogen economy

Kickstarting Australia’s green hydrogen economy

In the global clean energy shift, Australia has a critical role to play. The continent boasts vast renewable energy potential, yet it is home to only a small population, offering opportunities to turn it into the world’s battery.

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