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.

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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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 channeling it towards the SDGs require above all new...
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Sophia
Mr. Tadahiro Kawada
Mr. Jurgi Camblong
Mr. David Hanson
Mr. Sacha Poignonnec
Mr. Bertrand Piccard

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 by...
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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.

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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Tripartite Dialogue of Parliamentarians, Policy Makers and Business Leaders

Channeling Investment into Sustainable Development As national legislators, parliaments have a vital role to promote investment in sustainable development and set appropriate regulatory frameworks. This role extends to a broad...
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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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Dr. Clemens Martin Auer
Mr. Tomotaka Goji
Dr. Niresh Bhagwandin
Mr. Kees de Joncheere
Mr. Christopher Egerton-Warburton
Dr. Anand Anandkumar
Dr. Marc Gitzinger
Mr. Thomas Cueni
Ms. Jenny Hellman
Prof. Kevin Outterson
Dr. Ranieri Guerra
Mr. Virander Paul

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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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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Ms. Didem Nisanci
Ms. Nezha Hayat
Mr. Ethiopis Tafara
Ms. Monica de Greiff
Ms. Renosi Mokate
Mr. Moremi Marwa
Ms. Nicky Newton King
Mr. Adrian Tanase
Mr. Karim Hajji
Mr. Sunil Benimadhu
Mr. Mohamed Farid
Mr. Shaifur Rahman Mazumdar
Ms. Eva Halvarsson
Mr. Pakorn Peetathawatchai
Mr. Lauri Rosendhal
Ms. Alina Aldambergen
Mr. Wang Jiangung
Mr. Sethurathnam Ravi
Mr. Robert Scharfe
Ms. Bente Landsnes
Ms. Nandini Sukumar
Mr. Tim Mohin
Ms. Fiona Reynolds
Ms. Lise Kingo
Mr. Mark Wilson
Mr. Sandy Frucher
Mr. Eric Usher
Mr. Paul Andrews
Mr. Mohamed Omran

Investment Promotion Conference

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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Mr. Michael Koh
Mr. James Roberts
Mr. Ryan Brennan
Ms. Diana Edwards
Mr. Roland Chalons-Browne
Mr. Bostjan Skalar
Ms. Yewande Sadiku

MAIN OBSTACLES AND SOLUTIONS TO INVESTMENTS 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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Mr. Nabil Marc Abdul-Massih
HE. Amb. Mr. Musa Kulaklikaya
Mr. Oussama Kaissi
Mr. El Hassane Hzaine
18:30

Reception

Day 3
24 Oct 2018

INTERACTIVE BREAKFAST ENCOUNTER: 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 and improve quality and productivity. To enable firms to...
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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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Ms. Marta Piekarska
Ms. Ariana Fowler
Mr. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao
Ms. Galia Benartzi
Prof. Dr. Jem Bendell
Mr. Louis de Bruin
Dr. Günther Dobrauz

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

“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.

NORDIC IPAs LUNCHEON (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Organized in collaboration with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies

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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Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi
Mr. Marc Proksch
Mr. Stephen Karingi
Mr. Shaun Donnelly
Ms. Anna Joubin-Bret
HE. Amb. Mr. Musa Kulaklikaya
Mr. Carlos M. Correa
Mr. Yacoub Aloueimine
Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta
Mr. El Hassane Hzaine
Mr. Urban Rusnák
Ms. Meg Kinnear
Mr. Thierry Kalonji
Ms. Gail Mathurin
Ms. Treasure Maphanga
Mr. Ahmad Mousa Aljaghbeer
Mr. Hasan Aslan Akpinar
Mr. Lukas Siegenthaler
Ms. Champika Malalgoda
Ms. Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter
Ms. Jasmina Roskić
Mr. Ricardo De Urioste Samanamud
Ms. Yewande Sadiku
Ms. Angela Dau-Pretorius
Mr. Bayarsaikhan Banzragch
Ms. Jovana Krunić
Mr. Fernando Mayer de Leeuw
Ms. Lantonirina Erika Ramananarivo
Mr. Manothong Vongsay
Mr. Boaz Fleischman-Alaluf
Ms. Muriel Lacoue-Labarthe
Ms. Maria Martin-Prat
Mr. Marcelo Salazar
Mr. Nicolas Palau van Hissenhoven
Mr. Vernon MacKay
Mr. Sar Senera
Mr. Mahamady Koussoube
Mr. Abrão Miguel Árabe Neto
Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic
Mr. Simon Farbenbloom
Ms. Patricia Holmes

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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Mr. Saran Song
Ms. Gerda Verburg
Ms. Marcella Villareal
Mr. Martien Van Nieuwkoop
Mr. Daniel Hulls
Ms. Iris Krebber
Mr. Eytan Stibbe
Mr. Carl Heinrich Bruhn
Mr. Shenggen Fan
Mr. Scott Vaughan
H.E. Mr. Veng Sakhon

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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Mr. Wang Yanzhi
Ms. Fiona Reynolds
Mr. Kevin Lu
Ms. Cate Ambrose
Ms. Renosi Mokate
Mr. Christopher Egerton-Warburton
Mr. Deepak Bagla
H.E. Mr. Belachew Mekuria
Ms. Eva Halvarsson
Mr. Uche Orji
Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Sinha
Mr. Torben Möger Pedersen
Mr. Shahmar Movsumov
Mr. Magnus Biling
Mr. Eugene O’Callaghan
Mr. Laurent Zylberberg

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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Mr. Roberto Azevêdo
Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi

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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H.E. Mr. Guy Célin Rivoniaina Randrianarisoa
Mr. Chen Zhou
Mr. Bruce Cleaver
Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu
H.E. Mr. Charles J.P. Mwijage
H.E. Ms. Amelia Kyambadde
H.E. Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh
H.E. Mr. Aurélien Agbenonci

SUSTAINABLE COMMODITY DERIVATIVES: THE WFE’S NEW FRAMEWORK

Commodity producers and users of commodity derivatives markets are increasingly concerned with specific sustainability aspects of commodities. Organized with the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the session will bring together...
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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) Award will be presented.
Day 4
25 Oct 2018

INTERACTIVE BREAKFAST ENCOUNTER: 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 – including regulatory transparency, streamlining administrative...
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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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Mr. Alejandro Delgado Ayala
H.E. Ms. Armgard Wippler
H.E. Mr. José Ramón Valente
Ms. Heloisa Menezes
H.E. Mr. Matia Kasaija
H.E Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori
H.E. Mr. Pat Breen
H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani

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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Mr. Jaime Buriticá
Ms. Julie Becker
Ms. Julia Haake
Ms. Libby Bernick
Ms. Rebecca Self
Mr. Gavin Power
Ms. Nezha Hayat
Mr. Sean Kidney

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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High-Level 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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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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Talking Business: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

“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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Ms. Bisila Bokoko
Ms. Michaëlle Jean
Ms. Cate Ambrose
Ms. Francesca Lavazza
Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Ms. Isabelle Durant

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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H.E. Mr. Guy Célin Rivoniaina Randrianarisoa
Ms. Charlotte Petri Gornitzka
H.E. Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool
H.E. Mr. Malik Samarawickrama
H.E. Mr. Rob Davies
H.E. Ms. Sigrid Kaag
H.E. Mr. Harouna Kabore
H.E. Ms. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo
H.E. Mr. Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo

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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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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Ms. Shameela Soobramoney
Ms. Linda-Eling Lee
Mr. James Lockhart Smith
Ms. Hannah Skeates
Mr. David Harris
Mr. Hendrik Garz
Ms. Theresa Fogelberg

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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Ms. Rina J. Arráez Mogollón
Ms. Ana De León
Ms. Barbara Ofwono Buyondo
Ms. Uneiza Ali Issufo
Ms. Lama Sha’sha’a Abu Dahab
Ms. Chandra Vadhana R
Ms. Ndeye Fatou Njie
Ms. Rocio Castro Fernandez
Ms. Rosana Marques
Ms. Leah Diana Mitaba
19:00 - 21:00

Reception

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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Professor Peter J. Buckley
Professor Tomas Hult
Professor Jeffrey Owens
Professor Lorraine Eden

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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H.E. Dr. Khazaee
Mr. Paban Chowdhury
Ms. Lelise Neme Sori
Mr. Timipre Sylva
Mr. Sultanaliyev Nurzhan Tokanovich
Mr. Helson Braga
Mr. Freddy Opsomer
Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Mr. D.S. Rawat

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 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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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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Ms. Tenke Andrea Zoltani
Mr. Sam Choritz
Ms. Giselle Leung
Mr. Richard Amor
Mr. James Gifford
Ms. Maria Teresa Zappia
Mr. Paul Clements-Hunt

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.

Ambassadors Roundtable on Investing in the SDGs

Investment is a key driver for sustainable development: attaining the SDGs will not be possible without investment. As 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

In partnership with the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Central banks are becoming increasingly involved in green finance. Indicators of this growing interest include the creation of the...
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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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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

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.