Beyond Covid-19: Rebuilding SDG-Aligned Business and Investment

Date: Thursday 28 January 2021

Time: 2 sessions to account for time zone differences

  • 1st at 09:00-11:00 Geneva (CET, GMT+1)

  • 2nd at 16:00-18:00 Geneva (CET, GMT+1)

A dynamic, moderated roundtable of policymakers, investors and thought-leaders making recommendations to rebuild SDG-aligned business and investment beyond Covid-19 with a focus on accelerating emerging market impact at scale.

The focus of this UNCTAD WIF Satellite Event will be how to scale up impact and sustainability-aligned investment into emerging and frontier markets post Covid-19. The event will feature examples of break-through impact investing projects, including innovative business models where private and public capital is fusing to drive social purpose, drawn from, amongst others, Brazil, Kenya, India, Nigeria, and South Africa

Clear recommendations will be delivered directly by the WIF Satellite Event Panel. The recommendations follow a six-month global discussion exploring what the best practice business and investment approach has been to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 and also to paint a vision for business/investment action beyond the Pandemic.

Registration

Please click here to register for Session 1 at 09:00 (Geneva time).

Please click here to register for Session 2 at 16:00 (Geneva time).

Issues to be addressed

> Getting the blend right: Post Covid-19 mobilizing blended finance towards businesses and projects that are replicable, scalable, and can achieve the UN SDG objectives of localization based on robust governance and collaboration along the whole investment chain. Good practice examples of SDG 17 “Partnerships” will be presented.

> Systemizing impact: Post Covid-19 we have an opportunity to escape the “project by project” mentality to forge new pathways that systemize and accelerate impactful business models, social purpose as well as fully commercial, to scale. Align investable impact models and businesses with the SDGs and make them fit for purpose for larger asset owner investment appetites (institutional, family office and sovereign wealth funds).

> ESG and the law: The headline results of a global survey exploring how 50 of the world’s leading legal companies are re-inventing their approach to ESG (environmental, social, governance) to speed better business and investment decisions will be unveiled during the Panels.

> Reinventing private-public collaboration: Post Covid-19 how can we bring multilateral, developmental and broader ODI public finance together with private families, institutional asset owners and sovereign entities to deliver in the final decade on the promise of the SDGs?

Provisional programme

Speakers for Session 1: Thursday 28 January at 09:00-11:00 GVA time

Opening Comments:
> James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division (UNCTAD)

Moderator:
> Paul Clements Hunt, CEO, The Blended Capital Group

Panelists:
> Nardos Bekele-Thomas, Resident Co-ordinator, UN South Africa
> Judge Prof. Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus GRI/ Founder Good Governance Academy (South Africa)
> Prof. Paul Q. Watchman, Professor of Law, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
> Takejiro Sueyoshi, CEO, Green Finance Organization (Japan)
> Wendy Lucas-Bull, Chair ABSA
> Archana Hingorani, CEO, SIana Capital (India)
> Matt Whineray, CEO, NZSuperFund (New Zealand)
> Geoff Kendall, Co-Founder, Future-Fit Foundation

Audience Q&A
Closing Comments by the Moderator and UNCTAD

Speakers for Session 2: Thursday 28 January at 16:00-18:00 GVA time

Opening Comments:
> James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division (UNCTAD)

Moderator:
> Paul Clements Hunt, CEO, The Blended Capital Group

Panelists:
> Judge Prof. Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus GRI/ Founder Good Governance Academy (South Africa)
> Prof. Paul Q. Watchman, Professor of Law, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
> Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation (Nigeria)
> Pierre Thiam, SOS SAHEL International Board ( Senegal/USA)
> Luiz Maia, Senior Advisor to the Board, BRK Ambiental (Brazil)
> Mike Sherry, Founder, Mwezi Co., Ltd (Kenya)
> Martin Rich, Co-Founder, Future Fit Foundation (UK)

Audience Q&A
Closing Comments by the Moderator and UNCTAD