WIW 2023 TO FOCUS ON INVESTOR RESILIENCE, CRYPTO ASSETS, & SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

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World Investor Week (WIW) is a week-long, global campaign promoted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection and highlight the various initiatives of securities regulators in these two critical areas.

 

IOSCO is the international body that brings together the world’s securities regulators and is recognized as the global standard setter for the securities sector. In October, IOSCO securities regulators and other IOSCO members on six continents will provide a range of activities, such as launching investor-focused communications and services, promoting contests to increase awareness of investor education initiatives, organizing workshops and conferences, and conducting local/national campaigns in their jurisdictions.
 
WIW offers a unique opportunity for IOSCO members to work in collaboration with all investor education and protection stakeholders, at both the local and international level. WIW will officially take place the first week of October but will extend until the end of November. During this period securities regulators on six continents will promote investor education and protection through World Investor Week, an initiative of the International IOSCO.
 
Hereby the press release published on June 22, 2023 and a glimpse into the agenda for IOSCO WIW 2023 Webinars:

 

2023 PRESS RELEASE

 

Madrid, 22 June 2023

   

IOSCO World Investor Week to focus on Investor Resilience, Crypto Assets, and Sustainable Finance The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) will celebrate its seventh annual World Investor Week (WIW), from 2 to 8 October 2023, although participating jurisdictions may choose any other week in October and/or November to conduct their WIW-related activities.

 

As reflected in the IOSCO WIW Public Report 2022, published today, the participation of different jurisdictions, in both developed and emerging-market regions, keeps increasing. Hence, notwithstanding the challenging conditions experienced during the global pandemic, the number of WIW participating jurisdictions and stakeholders increased in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 campaigns, underscoring the need for financial education to enhance retail investor protection worldwide.

 

This year, the WIW campaign will focus on three main themes: Investor Resilience, Crypto Assets, and Sustainable Finance, which the IOSCO Board has identified as particularly relevant given current and expected global market conditions. Other themes cover Fraud and scam prevention, Basics of Investing, Technology, and Digital Finance.

 

Mr. Jean-Paul Servais, Chair of the IOSCO Board, and Chairman, of Financial Services and  Markets Authority, Belgium said:

 
“Investor protection is a key IOSCO objective. Securities regulators use different tools to promote and enhance investor protection, including policy, supervision, oversight, enforcement, and financial education. During the global pandemic, retail investors encountered new and bigger risks; some of these risks may continue into the future or evolve. In response, the IOSCO Work Program 2023-2024 will continue supporting investor education as a critical pillar of investor protection, together with other measures aimed at combating retail market misconduct and fraud, promoting investor confidence and financial inclusion, and protecting the investor interests.”

 

Please see additional information on the IOSCO World Investor Week and how to participate at worldinvestorweek.org and follow the WIW on Facebook (@worldinvestorweek), Twitter (@ioscowiw) and Instagram (@ioscowiw).

   

Notes to Editors

1. IOSCO is the leading international policy forum for securities regulators and is recognized as the global standard setter for securities regulation. The organization’s membership regulates more than 95% of the world’s securities markets in some 130 jurisdictions, and it continues to expand.

 

2. The IOSCO Board is the governing and standard-setting body of IOSCO and is made up of 35 securities regulators. Mr. Jean-Paul Servais, the Chair of Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) is the Chair of the IOSCO Board. The members of the IOSCO Board are the securities regulatory authorities of Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Ontario, Peru, Quebec, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (both the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). The Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority and the Chair of IOSCO´s Affiliate Members Consultative Committee are also observers.

 

3. The Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee is the largest committee within IOSCO, representing more than 75% percent of the IOSCO membership, including 10 of the G20 members. Dr Mohamed Farid Saleh, Executive Chairman of the Financial Regulatory Authority, Egypt is Chair of the GEM Committee.

 

The committee brings members from growth and emerging markets together communicates members’ views and facilitates their contribution across IOSCO and at other global regulatory discussions. The GEM Committee’s strategic priorities are focused, amongst others, on risks and vulnerabilities assessments, policy and development work affecting emerging markets, and regulatory capacity building.

 

4. IOSCO aims through its permanent structures:

  • To cooperate in developing, implementing, and promoting internationally recognized and consistent standards of regulation, oversight, and enforcement to protect investors, maintain fair, efficient, and transparent markets, and seek to address systemic risks;
  • To enhance investor protection and promote investor confidence in the integrity of securities markets, through strengthened information exchange and cooperation in enforcement against misconduct and in supervision of markets and market intermediaries; and
  • To exchange information at both global and regional levels on their respective experiences to assist the development of markets, strengthen market infrastructure, and implement appropriate regulations.

 

For Media Inquiries contact Carlta Vitzthum via email at carlta@iosco.org or phone at + 34 91 787 0419. 

   

IOSCO 2023 WORLD INVESTOR WEEK WEBINARS

 

Get Ready for IOSCO’s World Investor Week Webinars!

 

Mark your calendars for October 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th to dive into the world of investments, gain valuable insights from experts, and take your financial knowledge to the next level. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your investment journey, these webinars have something for everyone.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on the agenda:

 

🔹 Oct 2: Sustainable Finance in the Context of Investor Education and Investor Protection

Link to event details and online registration:

 

🔹 Oct 3: Investor Resilience

Link to event details and online registration:

🔹 Oct 4: World Financial Planning Day – FPSB & IOSCO Fireside Chat between FPSB CEO Dante De Gori, CFP and IOSCO Secretary General Martin Moloney

Link to video recording to be available on 4 October 2023 on www.worldinvestorweek.org

 

🔹 Oct 5: Crypto-Assets in the Context of Investor Education and Investor Protection

Link to event details and online registration:

 

🔹 Oct 6: Challenges for Investor Education and Investor Protection in the Context of Digitalization

Link to event details and online registration:

 

Ready to join this educational journey with IOSCO? Join the movement, spread the word, and let’s make #WorldInvestorWeek a celebration of financial education and empowerment. Together, we’ll pave the way for a brighter financial future!

 

WIW 2023 participating jurisdictions are on the jurisdiction list on worldinvestorweek.org. Each jurisdiction is represented by a lead organization that acts as coordinator for the jurisdiction’s activities. The Lead organization for Curaçao and Saint Martin is the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten

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