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Confirmed Speakers include António Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF and Denis Duverne, Chairman, AXA and Insurance Development Forum, to discuss Building Resilience in a Risker world: Actions towards a climate resilient future

London, Wednesday 19th May 2021:

Register for the IDF Summit here.

The Insurance Development Forum (IDF), a public-private partnership led by the insurance industry and supported by international organisations, announces today the inaugural IDF Summit 2021 taking place virtually on 7th – 8th June 2021. Under the headline “Building Resilience in a Risker world:  Actions towards a climate resilient future”, the event will feature high profile speakers and panelists from the re/insurance, development and governmental sectors sharing insights into the insurance industry and the public sector’s global response to Climate Change.

The free-to-attend IDF Summit 2021 is accessible for all professionals from the public or private, insurance and media sectors and will include keynote speakers and knowledge-sharing breakout sessions. Among the participants sharing their views and addressing key issues are:

H.E. António Guterres
United Nations Secretary General

Denis Duverne
Chairman, AXA
& Chair of the IDF Steering Committee

Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

David Malpass
President, World Bank Group

Mark Carney
UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance
& UK Prime Minister’s COP26 Finance Advisor

Waldo Mendoza Bellido
Minister of Economy & Finance, Republic of Peru

Achim Steiner
Administrator, UNDP
& Co-Chair of the IDF Steering Committee

Michel Lies
Chairman, Zurich Insurance Group
& Deputy Chair of the IDF Steering Committee


IDF Secretary General Ekhosuehi Iyahen, said:

“The IDF is delighted and very grateful that so many dignitaries and prestigious experts in their fields have agreed to be part of this engaging and important event to discuss how we will address some of the greatest challenges of our time, such as climate change. This will require considered partnership between the public and private sector, to help steer the necessary transition and guide the trade-offs and also opportunities that will emerge as governments, communities, organisations seek to strengthen their resilience.

We purposely planned our event to take place ahead of the 47th G7 summit and COP26, so that IDF and its members and supporters from the broader insurance development community and further afield can add to the groundswell towards a global shift as we look to combat climate change. For insurance professionals, this is a great chance to be part of the conversation addressing climate-related risk and to see how the IDF is driving action within the industry in tandem with our public sector partners. For the public sector, academia and civil society, it is an important chance to gain insights into the contributions that the insurance industry can make and the avenues for collaboration in this area.”

To register for this event and view the full agenda, please click here


17th May, 2021