Switzerland – with its multilateral hub and world-renowned financial centre – is the perfect ecosystem to connect finance and the SDGs.

Tatiana Valovaya

Director General – UN Geneva

A joint initiative

Building Bridges was launched in 2019

Building Bridges is a joint initiative, launched in 2019 by Swiss public authorities, the finance community, the United Nations, NGOs and other International partners. It aims to accelerate the transition to a global economic model aligned with both social and environmental sustainability principles, as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the core of the initiative is the recognition that the scale and complexity of the sustainability transition require “building bridges” between multiple stakeholders in the finance, government, and  international development communities.

The first edition of Building Bridges took place in October 2019 in Geneva.

Finance Community
International Geneva
Public authorities
Building Bridges 2022 © Mark Henley

A powerful movement

Top down and bottom up, Building Bridges brings together high-level support from notable leaders and institutions, and broad engagement from the community.  This enables the creation of a true movement and collective ownership, rather than one-way dialogue.

The Building Bridges community meets every year around its flagship event in Geneva., All relevant decision makers and experts from the finance and corporate sectors, government, civil society, academia and sustainable development communities gather around a common agenda. This 4 day event provides a unique platform to share, learn and act, in a collective way. In 2023, the 4th edition of Building Bridges gathered more than 2500 participants from 110 countries, featuring a total of 70 events.

A shared vision

Building Bridges aims to shape the global sustainable finance agenda, through leveraging the unique ecosystem of the international Geneva and Switzerland.

Our mission is to create the right conditions to optimally channel public and private capital into prosperity-generating activities, while preserving or restoring the delicate balance of our planet.

Building Bridges 2022 © Mark Henley
Building Bridges 2022 © Mark Henley

A multi stakeholder community

To create solutions to complex issues, Building Bridges aims to bring all relevant decison makers and players to the same table.

It notably leverages the unique ecosystem of Switzerland with its global hub for multilateralism and its world-class financial centre to foster collaboration among people from a variety of backgrounds to act together.

Building Bridges Leaders

A committed organisation

The Building Bridges yearly event in Geneva is organized by the Building Bridges Foundation in collaboration with Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) on behalf of a unique alliance of institutions from the financial sector, public authorities and Geneva-based international organizations.