A fisherman on a banca, a native boat in the Philippines, manoeuvres next to a railroad construction project in Paranaque city, south of Manila, on May 3. Asia has an annual infrastructure investment gap of US$900 billion. Photo: EPA-EFE A fisherman on a banca, a native boat in the Philippines, manoeuvres next to a railroad construction project in Paranaque city, south of Manila, on May 3. Asia has an annual infrastructure investment gap of US$900 billion. Photo: EPA-EFE
A fisherman on a banca, a native boat in the Philippines, manoeuvres next to a railroad construction project in Paranaque city, south of Manila, on May 3. Asia has an annual infrastructure investment gap of US$900 billion. Photo: EPA-EFE
Mathias Lund Larsen
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Mathias Lund Larsen

Why a world awash in green investments can’t find the money for sustainable development goals

  • Funding for UN SDGs are short of US$2.5 trillion every year despite global green investments topping US$30 trillion
  • More clarity is needed on what counts as ‘sustainable investment’ as well as greater transparency on the activities of financial institutions

A fisherman on a banca, a native boat in the Philippines, manoeuvres next to a railroad construction project in Paranaque city, south of Manila, on May 3. Asia has an annual infrastructure investment gap of US$900 billion. Photo: EPA-EFE A fisherman on a banca, a native boat in the Philippines, manoeuvres next to a railroad construction project in Paranaque city, south of Manila, on May 3. Asia has an annual infrastructure investment gap of US$900 billion. Photo: EPA-EFE
A fisherman on a banca, a native boat in the Philippines, manoeuvres next to a railroad construction project in Paranaque city, south of Manila, on May 3. Asia has an annual infrastructure investment gap of US$900 billion. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Mathias Lund Larsen

Mathias Lund Larsen

Mathias Lund Larsen is senior research consultant at the International Institute of Green Finance at the Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing and dual PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.