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Global Sustainable Finance Observatory

A hub for data and resources on sustainable finance

About the Observatory

The Global Sustainable Finance Observatory (GSFO) is dedicated to promoting the full and effective integration of sustainable development into the global financial ecosystem by engaging all stakeholders along the investment value chain, including institutional investors, stock exchanges, standard-setters, and regulators to bring more credibility, consistency and transparency to the market.


The UN Global Sustainable Finance Observatory (GSFO) envisions a future global financial ecosystem in which sustainable development - as defined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is fully embedded into the business model and investment culture.


The Observatory promotes credibility, transparency, and consistency in the market. It addresses the challenges of fragmentation in standards, proliferation in benchmarking, complexity in disclosure, and sustainability washing concerns.

We work with

We work in tandem with the standards setting processes of the financial industry and regulatory bodies, and seek to leverage and partner with leading sustainable finance-related initiatives. We also work with institutional investors, stock exchanges, data providers and accounting and reporting bodies.

Partner organizations

The Observatory seeks to leverage and partner with leading sustainable finance-related initiatives, such as the UN Global Compact, the Principles for Responsible Investment, UNEP Finance Initiative, International Organization of Securities Commissions and the World Federation of Exchanges, among other stakeholders.

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All enquiries about the Observatory’s activities and about becoming a member of the Sustainable Investment Council can be directed to UNCTAD's Division on Investment and Enterprise: Contact us