Our most precious resources, in our backyard, are in danger.
"It is an opportune time, for the Islamic Development Bank to discuss not only Paris but broader notions of sustainability and how Islamic finance can play a part."
2015 was the year of building a new set of foundations for the global economy, and signaling new directions for the financial system. It's our task in 2016 to take the practical steps in delivering the shift - and nowhere is this agenda more exciting than in the field of finance.
"At the Meeting Organized by Inter-Parliamentary Union and French Parliament"
Over the next decades, some $37 trillion will be invested in energy infrastructure and projects anyway. So why not use innovative policies and financial frameworks to redirect those investments, reduce costs and expand markets for clean, renewable energy?
For decades, North-South cooperation was seen as essential in helping developing countries. Today, it is South-South cooperation that is on the rise, with interregional trade expected to overtake that in the North.
If ever something demanded the absolute need for human solidarity across borders, then it is climate change. It underpins every element of peace, prosperity and progress.
We need strong environmental laws to make our global agreements work, while taking care of the myriad of issues related to the crippling effects of global warming.