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Volz, Ulrich (2020) Climate-proofing the Global Financial Safety Net. London, Rotterdam, and Bonn: SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, German Development Institute. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Although climate change poses a serious threat to macrofinancial stability and economic development, the global financial safety has so far failed to address this challenge. This paper reviews the extent to which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has started to integrate climate change in its analytical and operational frameworks, showing significant shortcomings in addressing the risks emanating from climate change. Regional financing arrangements (RFAs) have to date not engaged or only very little in addressing climate-related risks. Against this backdrop, this paper argues that the IMF and also RFAs need to climate-proof their policies and frameworks and puts forward seven recommendations: (i) mainstream systematic and transparent assessments of climate-related financial risks in all operations; (ii) introduce consistent, systematic, and universal appraisal and treatment of physical climate risks and transition risks in surveillance and monitoring for all countries; (iii) advance disclosure of climate-related financial risks and promote sustainable finance and investment practices; (iv) support member countries in mainstreaming climate risk analysis in public financial management; (v) support climate-vulnerable countries in dealing with debt sustainability problems; (vi) develop lending instruments for climate emergency financing; and (vii) in the case of the IMF, explore options to use SDRs to support climate vulnerable countries.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Global financial safety net, International Monetary Fund, climate-related, macrofinancial risks.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
School Research Centres > Centre for Sustainable Finance
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 16:52
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/35084

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