Economy

Mexico issues world's first sovereign bond linked to U.N. sustainability goals

Reducing inequality, financial inclusion and the gender gap are among the United Nations sustainable development goals

Mexican Deputy Finance Minister Gabriel Yorio speaks during an interview with Reuters at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero
  • The issuance raised 750 million euros ($889.73 million);
  • The Mexican government did not specify how it would spend the money raised.

Mexico issued what it described as the world’s first sovereign bond linked to the sustainability development goals set by the United Nations, raising 750 million euros ($889.73 million).

Deputy Finance Minister Gabriel Yorio said reducing inequality, financial inclusion and the gender gap were among the U.N. goals.

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“Mexico is the first country to issue a sovereign bond that is linked to the sustainable development objectives of the U.N.,” he wrote on Twitter. “Our country starts its sustainable finance program as a pioneer.”

The government did not specify how it would spend the money raised. The bond’s preliminary investment prospectus cautioned that there was no guarantee Mexico would make disbursements for projects that meet the U.N. characteristics.

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The bond is part of an emerging trend of debt issuance aimed at raising funds that attempt to tackle social, environmental and other issues. It was more than six times oversubscribed.

The Finance Ministry added that the euro bond allowed Mexico to tap into international investment funds, many of them in Europe, that are committed to financing sustainable economic development.

Mexico presented a tight budget last week that envisages cuts to most sectors.