Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds Dialogue

24 Oct 2018
15:30 – 18:00

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, these funds play a growing role as investors in SDG sectors, particularly in infrastructure, renewable energy, public health and education. However, only a small portion of their financial assets is currently dedicated to direct investment. This roundtable will bring together ministers, executives of SWFs and PPFs, other development financing partners, and investment experts to examine collaboration opportunities to mobilize more investment into SDG sectors.

Issues for the debate:

  • What role can SWFs and PPFs play in promoting sustainable development through investment, particularly in infrastructure?
  • How can governments create a more conducive environment to encourage sustainable investment by these funds and maximize development benefits?
  • What role can international organizations such as UNCTAD play in facilitating investment by SWFs and PPFs in sustainable development?