Guernsey Finance Announces Keynote Sustainability Speaker

Guernsey Finance is delighted to announce that the Rt Hon. Claire O’ Neill has confirmed her attendance as a keynote speaker and moderator at this year’s Sustainable Finance Week. The former Member of Parliament will deliver the opening speech on Tuesday 8 June, where she will set the scene, discussing the global picture in the year of COP26.

Green Finance Manager at Guernsey Finance, Stephanie Glover, said she was pleased to welcome a speaker of Claire’s calibre at the second Sustainable Finance Week event, which takes place in Guernsey 7-11 June.

“As a former UK Minister for Climate Change and Energy, who is widely credited with driving the acceleration and expansion of the Government’s decarbonisation and Clean Growth plans, Claire O’Neill will be a great addition to the lineup of internationally renowned experts and policy makers who are taking part this year,” she said.

“As the author and implementor of the UK’s Clean Growth and Green Finance Strategies and a former COP26 President delegate, she is an expert in the field of sustainability and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her, albeit virtually, to Guernsey.”

Claire O’Neill said: “Sir Roger Gifford was a gifted and passionate champion of green finance. His legacy will live on in the pioneering work the UK is doing in the important area of climate-linked financial services. As the UK prepares to host the COP26 international climate summit in Glasgow later this year, there is a consensus emerging that far more effort is needed―and fast. That is why Guernsey Green Finance’s Sustainable Finance Week is a welcome stop on the road to COP. It will explore key themes and provide actionable insights on how to prepare for a low-carbon future. I am very much looking forward to being involved in the debate.”

Guernsey Finance chairman, Deputy Lyndon Trott, said: “We are enormously grateful to have Claire O’Neill as our keynote speaker, and for agreeing to step in at short notice following our friend and colleague Sir Roger Gifford’s illness and very sad and unexpected passing on 25th May.

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