2018 Programme

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Preliminary programme. Session times and venues are subject to change.
Day 1
22 Oct 2018

Official Opening of the Investment Village

The official opening of the Investment Village, involving high-level UN and partner country officials, will take place on 22 October at 14:00.   Event Manager: Mr. Massimo Meloni Contact email:...
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Grand Opening

The opening ceremony will take place in the presence of the highest-level representation from the host country, Switzerland, UNCTAD member States, the global business community, as well as other investment...
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2018 UNITED NATIONS INVESTMENT PROMOTION AWARDS

Investment for the Sustainable Development Goals Held since 2002, the United Nations Investment Promotion Awards celebrate the exchange of best practice in investment promotion. The Awards will be presented to...
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GLOBAL INVESTMENT GAME CHANGERS SUMMIT: Pioneering solutions for a better world

Global Investment Game Changers Summit: Pioneering solutions for a better world New ideas can transform the world we live in and rewrite the rules and policies that govern it. Mobilizing...
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18:30

Welcome Reception and Cultural Performance

Day 2
23 Oct 2018

Global Leaders Investment Summit I: Investment in a new era of globalization

The Summit convenes Heads of State and Government and CEOs of global companies to share their vision for the future. Their insights will set the tone for the rest of...
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Talking Business Eastern Europe and Central Asia

“Talking Business” are interactive sessions between governments and business. They provide a platform to showcase investment opportunities in countries, explore new investment horizons and interact with high-level country representatives. Participant...
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LEADERS LUNCHEON: MEETING OF THE INVESTMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (by invitation only)

Launched in 2001, the UNCTAD-International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Investment Advisory Council brings together global leaders from the public and the private sphere to brainstorm on innovative means to increase...
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FOSTERING INVESTMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ANTIBACTERIAL TREATMENTS

Antimicrobial resistant infections (AMR) are on the rise and pose a significant global risk. Developing countries, in particular, are vulnerable because they often lack key medical resources. The development of...
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Investment and the Digital Economy

The rapid rise of digital economy – the application of internet-based technologies to the production and trade of goods and services – has reshaped how we consume, produce and trade....
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Investment Promotion Conference 2018

Session 1: Promoting Investment in the SDGs – Connecting the Actors Bridging the enormous SDG financing gap (estimated at $2.5 trillion annually in developing countries) will require increased private investment....
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THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC (ACP) GROUP OF STATES MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE ON INVESTMENT POLICY COORDINATION

Strengthening investment policy coordination for development Ministers and ambassadors from ACP countries will share their views on the global policy environment and how it can effectively mobilize investment for sustainable...
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INVESTING IN SPORTS FOR SDGs

The United Nations have long recognized the contribution of sport to human and social progress and its member states reaffirmed the role of sport in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...
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Legislating for Sustainable Development

Tripartite between Parliamentarians, Government and Business Leaders As national legislators, parliaments have a vital role to promote investment in sustainable development and set appropriate regulatory frameworks. This role extends to...
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Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Global Dialogue

The Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) initiative – launched by UNCTAD, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) –...
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Empretec Director’s Meeting (by invitation only)

Representatives from the Empretec network will meet to review the activities carried out in the past twelve months and present their plans for the coming year. The meeting will also...
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MAIN OBSTACLES AND SOLUTIONS TO INVESTMENT IN AFRICA

Accelerating private sector engagement and investments in Africa is a priority to achieve sustainable development and inclusive growth in the continent. There is a need to develop new strategic ties...
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18:30

Reception

Day 3
24 Oct 2018

Talking Business Africa I

“Talking Business” are interactive sessions between governments and business. They provide a platform to showcase investment opportunities in countries, explore new investment horizons and interact with high-level country representatives.  ...
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INTERACTIVE BREAKFAST ENCOUNTER (by invitation only)

Investment Policies and Practices for Global Value Chain Upgrading Connecting to global and regional production networks can provide SMEs and developing country firms significant opportunities to cater to new markets...
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GLOBAL LEADERS INVESTMENT SUMMIT II: Investment in a new era of industrialization

The second Summit will look into the impact of new industrialization. New industrialization (based on digitalization, robotics and big data) is bound to affect all aspects of the way in...
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THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS ON INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING (ISAR)

The Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) promotes high quality and internationally comparable financial and environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting by enterprises....
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Blockchains for Sustainable Development

Blockchain technologies may have a profound impact on development-oriented investment, not only by revolutionizing global payment systems but also through improvements to access to finance, supply chain management, digital identities...
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THE GLOBAL I-GUIDES MEETING: How the Online Investment Guides Can Help Promote and Facilitate Investment

The online investment-guides have proven to be helpful tools for investment promotion agencies to attract better quality investment to these countries and develop their capacity for investment promotion. At the...
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Talking Business Africa II

“Talking Business” are interactive sessions between governments and business. They provide a platform to showcase investment opportunities in countries, explore new investment horizons and interact with high-level country representatives. Participant...
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LEADERS LUNCHEON (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Event Manager: Mr. Alexandre Dabbou Contact email: alexandre.dabbou@unctad.org

NORDIC IPAs LUNCHEON (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Organized in collaboration with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies   Event Manager: Ms. Natalia Guerra Contact email: natalia.guerra@unctad.org

Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds Dialogue

Partnering for Long-term Sustainable Development Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) manage assets of over $6 trillion, and public-sector pension funds (PPFs) worldwide almost triple this figure. With a long-term investment horizon,...
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High-level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference 2018

Going beyond IIAs: Fostering Coherence through Phase 3 of Reform Mobilizing investment and channelling it towards the SDGs require adequate policy frameworks, at both the international and national levels, and...
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Responsible Agricultural Investment

Achieving Zero Hunger (SDG2) requires significant increases in investment in agricultural value chains. At the same time, international investment in agriculture comes with a broad range of social, economic, and...
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MIGRATION AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

Promoting the social and economic inclusion of migrants and refugees in host countries  Entrepreneurship can be a means to integrate migrants and refugees into local economies and bolster their positive...
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THE INVESTMENT, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT NEXUS

Organized together with the World Trade Organization (WTO), the high-level event will shed light on the evolving relationship between trade, investment and development in the new era of globalization and...
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MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE: LDCS & BUSINESS EXECUTIVES

Mobilizing Investment in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Organized in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island...
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SUSTAINABILITY, COMMODITIES AND DERIVATIVES

Commodity producers and users are increasingly focused on specific sustainability aspects of commodities and are exploring ways to address these across the value chain, including in the products they use...
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ISAR Honours 2018

The ISAR Honours ceremony will award key new developments in the area of sustainability reporting and the SDGs, while celebrating 35 years of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts in...
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18:30

Hospitality and Cultural Event

Global Enterprise Registration (GER) Award

During the Hospitality and Cultural Event, the Global Enterprise Registration (GER) Awards will be presented. The Global Enterprise Registration portal (GER.co) is a world index of online business registration sites...
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Day 4
25 Oct 2018

INTERACTIVE BREAKFAST ENCOUNTER (by invitation only)

Sustainable Investment Facilitation Policies and Practices In order to attract foreign direct investment, many countries have recognised the importance of focusing on domestic reforms in the area of investment facilitation...
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Ministerial Roundtable: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Part I: Entrepreneurship Policy: Challenges and Results Developing entrepreneurship is a key element of strategies that support the attainment of the SDGs, particularly SDG9, to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive...
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SUSTAINABILITY BONDS: INNOVATIVE TOOLS FOR FINANCING THE SDGs

Sustainability bonds, or “SDG bonds”, are fixed-income investments that can help bridge the SDG financing gap in developing countries. Specifically developed (and explicitly labelled) to fund projects that have positive...
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PEOPLE-FIRST PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (PPPs)

PPPs are an innovative financing mechanism to close the SDG investment financing gap in infrastructure and public services. Increasing the involvement of private investors in SDG-related infrastructure and public services...
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Roundtable on Regional Integration and Investment Policy

Promoting FDI for regional integration Most regional economic cooperation organizations consider FDI an important factor for sustainable economic development and regional integration. Some regional organizations and cooperative frameworks have been...
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Talking Business Middle East and North Africa

“Talking Business” are interactive sessions between governments and business. They provide a platform to showcase investment opportunities in countries, explore new investment horizons and interact with high-level country representatives. Participant...
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Ministers Meeting: Promoting Foreign Investment to LLDCs (by invitation only)

Organized in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries,Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) , this high-level event of...
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Mobilizing investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in Africa

The 2018 World Investment Report identifies the challenges that developing countries will be facing to attract international investment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. These challenges – as the report...
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WOMEN FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Women economic empowerment to transform the investment and entrepreneurship landscape Women’s economic empowerment has been identified as a key means for development and attaining the SDGs. Investment by MNEs can...
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MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE: 21st Century Global Investment Policymaking

A global policy environment that effectively mobilizes investment in sustainable development is more important than ever. In response to this challenge, more than 160 countries have used UNCTAD policy tools...
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FAMILY BUSINESSES AS A FORCE FOR LONG-TERM GOOD

Preceded by welcome refreshments 14:30 – 15:00 Business can be a force for good, creating employment, investing in development and bringing value to communities. Worldwide, family businesses account for two...
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Smart Beta: Passive Investment Strategies for Sustainable Development

Portfolio investment that track one or more market indices is expected to cover 22 per cent of global assets by 2020. Within this “passive investment” space there is increasing talk...
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Empretec Women in Business Awards 2018

Organized together with UN Women and the Commonwealth Women Business Forum, the Empretec Women in Business Award are granted to women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services...
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19:00 - 21:00

Reception

Day 5
26 Oct 2018

INTERACTIVE BREAKFAST ENCOUNTER (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Blended Capital: SDG Aligned Investment Opportunities in Developing Countries SDG aligned investing, a form of impact investing, incorporates social and environmental considerations front and centre in the decision-making criteria for...
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MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

Setting the Future Investment Research Agenda The UNCTAD Academic Network on Investment convenes scholars of international business, economics, law and other relevant fields for a day-long multi-disciplinary academic conference. Co-organized...
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SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) can be regarded as an investment in industrial infrastructure and a services provider to attract and facilitate foreign investment, integrate local firms into global value chains, promote export-oriented growth and generate employment. For many countries, these zones are an important instrument...
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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE SDGS

This interactive session, organized in collaboration with UN Women, shares views on policies and good practices to develop an effective ecosystem to support women entrepreneurship, which is an essential part...
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Creating more and better jobs through investment

Investment contributes most effectively to sustainable development when it maximizes the creation of high quality jobs in which the human rights of workers, the local community and consumers are respected....
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USING BLENDED CAPITAL TO FINANCE THE SDGS

Blended finance uses a mix of public and private finance to fund projects with high development impact. Public finance is used to crowd in private sector financing that would otherwise...
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Forum Closing: Investment Village Award and Ambassadors’ Roundtable on Investing in the SDGs

Investment is a key driver for sustainable development: attaining the SDGs will not be possible without investment. At the same time, investment is a matter that cuts across various issues,...
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ROLE OF CENTRAL BANKS IN GREENING THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM

Central banks are becoming increasingly involved in green finance. Indicators of this growing interest include the creation of the Central Bank and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (established...
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18:00

Reception

Investment Village

09:00 – 18:00, Tuesday, 23 – Friday, 26 October

Country and Organization Exhibition

The World Investment Forum will offer member States the possibility to showcase their countries’ investment opportunities in the Investment Village. The Village, located in the proximity of the main meeting rooms of the Forum, will feature public investment exhibitions, ensuring visibility and interaction.
The official opening, involving high-level UN and partner country officials, will take place on 23 October at 13:00.

Private Sector Solutions for Sustainable Development

3rd Floor, Bulding E, Exibition Area

The private sector will be a vital partner to public efforts to direct more investment effectively towards sustainable development. This session, organized in the format of investment stakeholders networking breakfasts or luncheons, will be the opportunity for private sector entities – global TNCs, SMEs and Foundations – to present their existing programmes and initiatives in support of sustainable development to the international community.

Tuesday, 23 October

13:30-14:30

ISO standards: Helping to make the 2030 Agenda a reality

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
refreshments provided

Wednesday, 24 October

09:00-10:30

Introduction to Blockchain for Sustainable Development

Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), University of Cumbria
refreshments provided

10:30-11:00

The 3Ms Model as Championed in the Agriculture Industry

Amru Rice, Cambodia

13:00-15:00

Investing in sustainable communities. LIV – A multi-stakeholder partnership to deliver on the Goals

LIV, South Africa
refreshments provided

Thursday, 25 October

09:00-10:00

Climate-Smart Agriculture is Business-Smart, cases from Latin America

ALIMI Impact Ventures, Brazil
refreshments provided

13:00-14:00

A sustainability success story on Mount Kilimanjaro

Nature Discovery, Tanzania

14:00-15:00

Our Legacy of Good Imperative

Dell Technologies

Friday, 25 October

12:00-13:00

Investment in Sustainable Energy Solutions for Refugees and Migrants

UNITAR on behalf of The Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement – Initiative

13:00-14:00

Implementing SDGs in private investment funds

Symbiotics

IIA-related Break-Out sessions by external partners


Tuesday, 23 October

08:30-10:00, Room XXV

ESCAP and ITD : IIA Reform and sustainable development: sharing Asia-Pacific experiences

12:30-14:30, Room XXVI

UNECA : Promoting transformative investment in Africa through regional integration

12:30-14:30, Room XXII

South Centre: Reforms and alternatives for the future of the international investment treaty regime: views for the way forward


Wednesday, 24 October

08:30-10:00, Room XXVI

ICSID: Designing the next generation of the ICSID rules

09:00-10:00, Room XXV

CCSI: Rethinking international investment governance: principles for the 21st century

13:00-14:30, Room XXVI

FES, ICJ and IISD: Investment for sustainable development: incorporating investor obligations in trade and investments agreements


Thursday, 25 October

08:30-10:00, Room XXVI

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nyenrode Business University andUtrecht University: Towards realization of the SDGs on the national level: challenges posed by international investment law

13:00-14:30, Room XXVII

FES, ICJ and IISD : The future of investment-related dispute settlement: options and models


Friday, 26 October

08:30-10:00, Room XXV

OHCHR and Heinrich Böll Foundation: The right and duty to regulate in the context of mega-infrastructure investment

08:00-09:30, Room XXVI

CUTS International: Improving policy coherence to attract export oriented FDI for sustainable development: taking forward phase 3 of IIA reform

The break-out sessions are organized under the sole responsibility of the above-mentioned organizers. The UNCTAD secretariat is not responsible for the content of the discussions or for the material provided during the break-out session.

Side Events

Monday, 22 October; 09:30–13:00, 16:00-18:00; Room XI

Financing the SDGs: How can parliaments bridge the gap?
Symposium for parliamentarians


Monday, 22 October; 10:00–13:00; Room XXIII

Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA) Workshop
Showcasing Investment in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Projects


Monday, 22 October; 10:00 – 13:00; XXVI

International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) Workshop
Accounting for Bitcoin


Wednesday, 24 October; 9:00 – 10:30; Room XXVII

Presentation of Report: Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2018
Energy Charter Secretariat


Wednesday, 24 October; 10:00 – 13:00; Room XI

Hearing on SDG Financial Products


Thursday, 25 October; 18:15 – 19:45; Off Site

The Future of Corporate Income Taxes: Lessons for the Emerging and Low Income Countries


Friday, 26 October; 10:00 – 14:00; Room E-1014-16

Regional commissions and UNCTAD: collaboration on FDI statistics and investment reports (by invitation only)


Friday, 26 October; 13:00 – 14:30; Delegates Restaurant

Inter-Agency Technical Committee Meeting on LDCs (by invitation only)