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BNP Paribas supports the 12th Convergences World Forum

The Convergences World Forum will take place on 5 and 6 September 2019 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. This international event that is supported by BNP Paribas brings stakeholders together that are committed to fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development. The theme this year is “Inequalities – Transitions – Solutions”.

United against poverty in the world  

Since it first started in 2008, the Convergences World Forum each year attracts nearly 5,000 professionals to talk about innovative solutions for fighting poverty worldwide. The event is a unique meeting place for the public sector, the corporate world, civil society, academia and the media to join forces for a world of “Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty”

On the programme of this 12th edition: debates, workshops and networking to talk about the theme of “Inequalities – Transitions – Solutions”.

The Forum will offer participants the opportunity to co-build solutions to social and environmental challenges regarding 6 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Quality education
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Climate action
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals
  • See you at the Palais Brongniart for two days of discussion and co-building!

BNP Paribas at the Convergences World Forum 2019

For BNP Paribas, sponsoring the Forum means reasserting its own commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. As an international bank, BNP Paribas can play a decisive role in this joint effort. 

The Group will be present through several presentations.

By financing real economy in a changing world, BNP Paribas has the clout to make a direct impact on urgent current issues such as exclusion, poverty and climate change. The Group wants to integrate these new societal and environmental challenges in everything it does, whether in its actions in favour of social entrepreneurship and microfinance, its financing and investment policies, sponsorships, or reducing its direct and indirect environmental footprint.” Laurence Pessez, Head of CSR at BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas has the clout to make a direct impact on urgent current issues such as exclusion, poverty and climate change.

Thursday September 5th, 2019

  • from 11:30am to 1pm

    Microfinance Barometer kick-off: looking back on 10 years of microfinance. 
    « Notre-Dame des Victoires » room

    With Alain Levy - BNP Paribas, Blaine Stephens - Mix Market, Jean-Luc Perron - Yunus Center, Renée Chao Beroff - Pamiga, Anne-Laure Asboth - Advans International, Jurgen Hammer – SPTF.

  • from 4 to 5:30pm

    Round table: “Is microfinance (still) innovative?”
    Salon d’Honneur

    With Antoine Sire, Head of Corporate Commitment – BNP Paribas, Frédéric Lavenir, Chairman of Adie, Claudia Belli, Head of Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship – BNP Paribas, Cécile Lapenu, Managing Director of Cerise, Davide Forcella, Head of Development – Yapu, Azalea Carisch, Financial Inclusion Manager – Baobab, and Gaël Marteau, Manager: France – OikoCrédit.

Friday September 6th, 2019

  • from 9:30 to 11:00am

    The keys to succeeding in transitions towards a zero carbon world! 

    Salle des Engrenages

    With Sophie Demartini, in charge of Energy Transition – BNP Paribas, Gerald Maradan, co-founder & CEO – EcoAct, Ronan Dantec, Senator & Chair of Climate Chance – French Senate, Eric Soubeiran, General Manager & Vice-President Nature and Climate – Danone, Michèle Sabban, Chair of R20, Eric de Kermel, journalist and writer, editor of the magazine Terre sauvage, CSR Manager of the Bayard group, and environmental columnist at La Croix.

  • from 2 to 3:30pm

    Diversity and enterprise – acting in order to live better together. 
    Club du Palais
    With Caroline Courtin – Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas Group, Nathalie Komatitsch – Head of Human Rights – Total, Nicolas Cadène – General Rapporteur of the Observatoire de la laïcité (monitoring body of the separation between Church and State) to the French Prime Minister – General Secretariat of the Government, Valentine Zuber, Director of Studies, chair of “Religions and Global Relations” – Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (PSL), and Samuel Grzybowski, co-founder of Convivencia (moderator).

2019 Convergences World Forum


See you at the Palais Brongniart for two days of discussion and co-building!

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