available until
3rd October 2020

This event took place on Thursday 3rd September 2020, 16:00 - 18:00 BST


Welcome to this convening hosted by Water Unite, with speakers from the United Nations Conference for Trade & Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

We brought together multiple stakeholders from the private, development, political and finance sectors to create a new, highly innovative, catalytic fund that addresses the global issues of plastic waste and lack of access to clean water and decent sanitation.

Hosted by Adam Shaw (journalist and broadcaster for the BBC), our speakers included:

Satya Tripathi - UN Assistant Secretary-General & Head of UNEP New York Office

Dr Chantal Line Carpentier - Chief, UNCTAD New York Office

Michael Fletcher - Commercial Director at The Co-op

Catherine Roe - Chief Executive Officer at Elior

Chris Sellers - CEO of Water Unite

Lord Malcolm Bruce - Chair of Water Unite

For more on any of our speakers visit our SPEAKERS' PAGE


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Opening & welcome

  Lord Malcolm Bruce - Chair at Water Unite

Keynote speeches

The Sustainable Development Goals, WASH and the role of Water Unite

  Satya Tripathi - UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of UNEP New York Office 

  Dr Chantal Line Carpentier - Chief of UNCTAD New York Office


A pioneer’s perspective - Co-op’s journey from retailer to impact investor

  Michael Fletcher - Commercial Director at The Co-op

Session 1

Why catalytic financing is the new frontier in financing the SDGs

  Dr Jeremy Gorelick - Strategic Advisor for Water Unite Impact 

  Sophie Tremolet - Water Security Director – Europe at The Nature Conservancy 

Session 2

Impact Investing - Bridging the missing middle; why it works & why it’s needed

 Usha Rao-Monari - Senior Advisor at Blackstone Infrastructure Group, & Vice-Chair at Water Unite

 Neil Sandy - CEO at Wellers Impact

Breakout 1 - Getting more bang for your CSR buck? The role of Monitoring & Evaluation in today’s retail reporting

   Cathryn Higgs -Head of Ethics & Sustainability at the Co-op

  Jessica Mullan - Monitoring & Evaluation Lead at Water Unite

Breakout 2 - A programme’s perspective - the model in action and the impact

   Martijn Proos - Investment Director at Ninety One, and Secretary & Treasurer at Water Unite

  Kate Bohnert - Business Development Manager at Sanivation

Session 3

Why we committed to Water Unite

 Catherine Roe - CEO at Elior

Closing ceremony

Commitments and conclusions

 Chris Sellers - CEO at Water Unite