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The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international company limited by shares owned by central banks which "fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks". The BIS carries out its work through subcommittees, the secretariats it hosts and through an annual general meeting of all member banks. It also provides banking services, but only to central banks and other international organizations. It is based in Basel, Switzerland, with representative offices in Hong Kong and Mexico City.

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The BIS Innovation Hub

In a speech to the 91st BIS AGM, Agustín Carstens and Benoît Cœuré updated governors on the work of the Innovation Hub two years after it was created, and the ongoing work on Central Bank Digital Currencies.

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Central bank digital currencies for cross-border payments

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) have the potential to enhance the efficiency of cross-border payments, as long as countries work together. This is the main conclusion of a joint report released by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures, the BIS Innovation Hub, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. https://www.bis.org/publ/othp38.htm

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Pandexit challenges

Agustín Carstens lays out the issues for policymakers in exiting the pandemic and ensuring sustainable growth. https://www.bis.org/speeches/sp210629.htm

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A year in review – 2020/21

In the year that marked the BIS’s 90th anniversary, the BIS and its staff kept innovating to meet central banks’ evolving needs – despite the headwinds of the global pandemic.
Read the Annual Report 2020/21: https://www.bis.org/about/areport/areport2021.pdf

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Covid and beyond

Agustín Carstens explains the challenges thrown up by an uneven economic recovery and the complications on the path to sustainable growth, as outlined in the 2021 Annual Economic Report. https://www.bis.org/publ/arpdf/ar2021e1.htm

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The distributional footprint of monetary policy

Claudio Borio discusses the nexus between inequality and monetary policy, as outlined in Chapter II of the BIS Annual Economic Report. Long-term trends in inequality are not a monetary phenomenon, but there is a lot that monetary policy can do to foster a more equitable distribution over business cycles. https://www.bis.org/publ/arpdf/ar2021e2.htm

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Panel discussion: "Women in central banking"

Moderated by Cecilia Skingsley, First Deputy Governor, Sveriges Riksbank
Panellists: Andréa M Maechler, Member of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank; Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, Governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia; Claudia Buch, Vice President of the Deutsche Bundesbank

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CBDCs – an opportunity for the monetary system

Hyun Song Shin discusses how central bank digital currencies are moving from concept to practical design, renewing the institution of money for the digital age, as outlined in Chapter III of the BIS Annual Economic Report. https://www.bis.org/publ/arpdf/ar2021e3.htm

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Panel S | Green Swan Conference 2021

Concluding panel

Central banks and climate change: how to manage expectations, balance actions and communication and contribute to coordinate with other important actors?

Panellists: Agustín Carstens (BIS), Christine Lagarde (ECB), Yi Gang (People’s Bank of China), Jerome Powell (Federal Reserve Board of Governors), François Villeroy de Galhau (Banque de France; NGFS). Moderator: Gillian Tett (Financial Times)

For more information visit the Green Swan Conference page: https://www.bis.org/events/green_swan_2021/overview.htm

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The state of the global economy

Agustín Carstens speaks at the BNP Paribas 2021 Global Official Institutions conference and says the global economy has rebounded strongly after Covid-19, but the recovery is uneven and incomplete. https://www.bis.org/speeches/sp210609.htm

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Panel S | | Green Swan Conference 2021

Concluding panel

Central banks and climate change: how to manage expectations, balance actions and
communication and contribute to coordinate with other important actors?

Panellists: Agustín Carstens (BIS), Christine Lagarde (ECB), Yi Gang (People’s Bank of China), Jerome Powell (Federal Reserve Board of Governors), François Villeroy de Galhau (Banque de France; NGFS). Moderator: Gillian Tett (Financial Times)

For more information visit the Green Swan Conference page: https://www.bis.org/events/green_swan_2021/overview.htm

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Panel P | Green Swan Conference 2021

How can central banks, supervisors and regulators help to mobilise and coordinate with other actors (Treasuries, private sector) in the fight against climate change?

Panellists: Lesetja Kganyago (SARB), HaruhikoKuroda (Bank of Japan), Ravi Menon (MAS), Eddie Yue (HKMA), Nor Shamsiah Yunus (Bank Negara Malaysia). Moderator: Haizhou Huang (CICC).

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Panel Q | Green Swan Conference 2021

How are new investments adapting to integrate biodiversity loss risks? How are the impacts of these investment measured?

Panellists: Claudia Kruse (APG Asset Management), Matthieu Maurin (Iceberg Data Lab), Alexandre Rambaud (AgroParisTech-CIRED), Olaf Sleijpen (DNB). Moderator: Irene Heemskerk (DNB; appointed ECB)

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Panel R | Green Swan Conference 2021

How can Development Banks address the massively increased financing needs for green projects? What kind of innovative solutions can be developed?

Panellists: Erik Berglof (AIIB), Ambroise Fayolle (EIB), Anshula Kant (World Bank), Xavier Musca (Crédit Agricole), Nandita Parshad (EBRD), Rémy Rioux (AFD). Moderator: Siddharth Tiwari (BIS)

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Special guest speech by Nicholas Stern | Green Swan Conference

Economic leadership for transformation in a critical decade: managing risks and fostering investment

Special guest speech by Nicholas Stern (IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics) at the Green Swan Conference, 4 June 2021

To read online or download the book "The green swan. Central banking and financial stability in the age of climate change", follow the link: https://www.bis.org/publ/othp31.htm

For more information visit the Green Swan Conference page: https://www.bis.org/events/green_swan_2021/overview.htm

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Special guest speech by Zhou Xiaochuan | Green Swan Conference

Special guest speech by Zhou Xiaochuan (President, China Society for Finance and Banking; Vice Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia; former Governor, People’s Bank of China)

To read online or download the book "The green swan. Central banking and financial stability in the age of climate change", follow the link: https://www.bis.org/publ/othp31.htm

For more information visit the Green Swan Conference page: https://www.bis.org/events/green_swan_2021/overview.htm

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Panel M | Green Swan Conference 2021

What are the policies currently considered by central banks, regulators and supervisors – and their challenges – to address climate change?

Panellists: Pablo Hernández de Cos (Bank of Spain; BCBS Chair); Thomas Jordan (Swiss National Bank); Sabine Mauderer (Deutsche Bundesbank); Simone Robbers (Reserve Bank of New Zealand). Moderator: Morgan Després (Banque de France).

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Panel N | Green Swan Conference 2021

How can innovations in market-based approaches using consumer carbon tracing influence consumers’ lifestyle choices?

Panellists: Chen Long (Luohan Academy), Brune Poirson (Accor), Massamba Thioye (UNFCCC). Moderator: Benoît Cœuré (BIS)

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Panel O | Green Swan Conference 2021

Can we provide concrete green investment opportunities for the current abundance of savings? How to structure implied Temperature/ 1.5-degree Celsius Portfolios?

Panellists: Jean-François Coppenolle (Aviva), Niklas Ekvall (AP4), Marcin Kacperczyk (Imperial College London), Johanna Koeb (Zurich Insurance), Isabelle Mateos y Lago (BlackRock). Moderator: Frédéric Samama (CPR)

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Special guest speech by Andrew Bailey | Green Swan Conference

Tackling climate change for real: progress and next steps

Special guest speech by Andrew Bailey (Governor, Bank of England) at the Green Swan Conference, 3 June 2021

To read online or download the book "The green swan. Central banking and financial stability in the age of climate change", follow the link: https://www.bis.org/publ/othp31.htm

For more information visit the Green Swan Conference page: https://www.bis.org/events/green_swan_2021/overview.htm

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