2018 Programme

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

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  New ideas can transform the world we live in and rewrite the rules and policies that govern it. Mobilizing investment and channelling it towards...
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18:30

Welcome Reception and Cultural Performance

Day 2
23 Oct 2018

INVESTMENT VILLAGE: SHOWCASE INVESTMENT

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...
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Global Leaders Investment Summit I

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 investment and channelling it towards...
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LEADERS LUNCHEON: 13TH 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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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.

Investment and the Digital Economy

Tackling the development challenges arising from the digital economy will require proactive policies to engage the private sector. Investment policymaking needs to cater for digital development and vice versa. This...
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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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THE GLOBAL I-GUIDES MEETING (by invitation only)

Online investment-guides for Least Developed Countries have proven to be helpful tools for investment promotion agencies to attract better quality investment to these countries and develop indigenous capacity for investment...
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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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Investment Promotion Conference

Session 1: Promoting Investment in the SDGs – Connecting the Actors Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will require huge investments. UNCTAD estimates that SDG-related investment needs in...
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MAIN OBSTACLES AND SOLUTIONS TO INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and affiliated institutions and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) attach great importance to accelerating private sector engagement and investments in Africa to develop new...
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Day 3
24 Oct 2018

INVESTMENT VILLAGE: SHOWCASE INVESTMENT

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...
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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...
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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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Talking Business: 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.

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 SDG require adequate policy frameworks, at both the international and national levels, and...
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THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS ON INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING (ISAR) (cont.)

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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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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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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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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LDC MINISTERIAL AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE

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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Day 4
25 Oct 2018

INVESTMENT VILLAGE: SHOWCASE INVESTMENT

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...
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INTERACTIVE BREAKFAST ENCOUNTER

Investment Policies and Practices for Global Value Chain Upgrading Organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the interactive...
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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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Ministerial Roundtable on Entrepreneurship

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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ISAR Honours 2018: Celebrating 35 years of ISAR

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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Talking Business

“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.

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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FAMILY BUSINESSES AS A FORCE FOR LONG-TERM GOOD

The Sustainable Development agenda is deeply aligned with the raisons d’être of values-based, impact-driven family businesses. Through quality job creation, fair contracts and ethical investments, responsible family businesses have earned...
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MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE

21st Century Global Investment Policy Making 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...
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THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS ON INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING (ISAR) (cont.)

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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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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Day 5
26 Oct 2018

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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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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SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Special economic zones have mushroomed over the past decades. UNCTAD estimates that there are over 4800 SEZs worldwide. Free and Special Economic Zones can be important incubators for supporting the...
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Creating more and better jobs through investment

Investment contributes most effectively to achieving the SDGs when it maximizes the creation of more and better jobs. Investors can actively seek to expand their backward and forward linkages with...
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PEOPLE-FIRST PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (PPPs)

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been mooted as viable vehicles to involve private investment in advancing SDG objectives in public sectors. However, PPPs not only present opportunities but also risks for...
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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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THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS ON INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING (ISAR) (cont.)

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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Forum Outcome and Closing

The Forum’s Closing Session will bring together high-level officials from UNCTAD and the partner organizations to report on the outcomes of the various sessions, presenting the immediate deliverables list and...
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17:00

Reception

Side Events

Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA) Workshop

Monday 22 October; 10:00–13:00

Showcasing Investment in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Projects


International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) Workshop

Monday 22 October; 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 16:00

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