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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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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Ms. Juliet Anammah
Ms. Alexandra “Santu” Boëtius
Ms. Melissa Jun Rowley
Mr. Tadahiro Kawada
Mr. David Hanson
Ms. Barbara Kux

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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Ms. Alimaa Batchuluun
H.E. Mr. Daniiar Mukashev
Mr. Nurlan Zhaximbetov
Mr. Hayk V. Hovhannisyan
Ms. Alena Perminava
H.E. Mr. Jamshed Khamidow
Dr. Dorit Sallis
H.E. Mr. Amandurdy Ishanov


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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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. Yoshinori Yamano
Dr. Rich Lawson
Professor Laura Piddock
Dr. Andreas Sandgren
Dr. Clemens Martin Auer
Mr. Tomotaka Goji
Dr. Niresh Bhagwandin
Mr. Kees de Joncheere
Mr. Christopher Egerton-Warburton
Dr. Anand Anandkumar
Dr. Marc Gitzinger
Ms. Jenny Hellman
Ms. Isabelle Durant
Dr. Ranieri Guerra
Mr. Virander Paul

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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Nora K. Terrado
Mr. Javier Albares
Ms. Lexi Novistske
Mr. Magdi Amin
Mr. Kee Lock Chua
Mr. Fernando Loureiro
Mr. Dylan Piatti
Mr. Brian Wong
Mr. Houlin Zhao

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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Ms. Mpho Moloi
Mr. Kagiso Thutlwe
Mr. Marwan Aboudib
Mr. Bruno Charles
Mr. Parfait Busabizwa
Mr. Phillip Sithole
Mr. Roberto Jaguaribe
Mr. Hans Docter
Ms. Courtney Fingar
Mr. Jorge Lawson
Ms. Diane Edwards
Mr. Roland Chalons-Browne
Mr. Bostjan Skalar
Ms. Yewande Sadiku


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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Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Ms. Kayula SIAME
Ms. Betty Maina
H.E. Ms. Amelia Kyambadde
H.E. Mr. Tjekero Tweya
H.E. Mr. Henry Mussa
H.E. Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh
H.E. Mr. Halebonoe Setsabi
H.E. Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen
H.E. Mr. Marcel Ilunga Leu
H.E. Mr. Hassan Come
H.E. Ms. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo


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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Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch
Mr. Hans Reitz
Mr. Giovanni Di Cola
Mr. Francesco Ricci-Bitti
Ms. Stefany Hernandez
Ms. Samantha Murray
H.E. Ms. Rethabile Marumo
Mr. Michael Møller

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. Olga Cantillo
Ms. Nandini Sukumar
Mr. Kesiuke Arai
Mr. José Rafael Brenes Vega
Mr. Steve Waygood
Mr. Urs Rüegsegger
Mr. Rashid Ali Al-Mansoori
Ms. Mary Porter Peschka
Ms. Didem Nisanci
Ms. Nezha Hayat
Mr. Moremi Marwa
Ms. Nicky Newton King
Mr. Karim Hajji
Mr. Sunil Benimadhu
Mr. Mohamed Farid
Mr. Shaifur Rahman Mazumdar

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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Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter
Mr. Arif Zaman
Mr. Tadahiro Kawada
Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
H.E. Mr. Tefo Mapesela

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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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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H.E. Ms. Nassima Baghli
Ms. Patience Okala
Mr. Nabil Marc Abdul-Massih
HE. Amb. Mr. Musa Kulaklikaya
Mr. Oussama Kaissi
Mr. El Hassane Hzaine
Dr. Ayedh H. Alotaibi


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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Ms. Verena Utzinger
Mr. Thomas Seghezzi
Mr. Matongo Matamwandi
Mr. Geoffrey Idelphonce Mwambe
H.E. Mr. Tjekero Tweya


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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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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Dr. Abdalla Kablan
Ms. Vanessa Grellet
Mr. Hans Docter
Ms. Eva Kaili
Mr. Chris Fabian
Mr. Sander de Jong
Mr. Marius Jurgilas
Ms. Marta Piekarska
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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Event Manager: Mr. Alexandre Dabbou Contact email: alexandre.dabbou@unctad.org


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

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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Mr. Sheku Lexmond Koroma
Ms. Verena Utzinger
Mr. Mohato Seleke
Mr. Emmanuel Essis
Mr. Thomas Seghezzi
Ms. Yewande Sadiku
Ms. Betty Maina
H.E. Ms. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

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. Laurent Zylberberg
Mr. Rahul Agarwal
Mr. Michael Charlton
Mr. Jean Laville
Mr. Kevin Lu
Ms. Cate Ambrose
Ms. Eva Halvarsson
Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Sinha
Mr. Shahmar Movsumov
Mr. Magnus Biling
Mr. Eugene O’Callaghan

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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Mr. Kamalinne Pinitpuvadol
Ms. Kekeletso Mashigo
Mr. Kenan Bagci
Ms. Caroline Nicholas
Ms. Meg Kinnear
Mr. Shaun Donnelly
Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi
Mr. Dilip Chenoy
Mr. Pascal Kerneis
Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta
Dr. Christoph Sprich
Mr. Surya Deva
Mr. Stephen Karingi
Mr. Marc Proksch
HE. Amb. Mr. Musa Kulaklikaya
Mr. Vicente Paolo Yu
Mr. Chanchal Chand Sarkar
Ms. Kate Gilmore
Mr. David Gaukrodger
Mr. El Hassane Hzaine
Mr. Urban Rusnák
Mr. Thierry Kalonji
Ms. Kayula SIAME
Ms. Vu Thi Chau Quynh
Mr. Ahmad Mousa Aljaghbeer
Mrs. Vilawan Mangklatanakul
Mr. Lukas Siegenthaler
Hon. Mr. Jayantha Chandrasiri Jayasuriya
Ms. Champika Malalgoda
Mr. Pablo Martinez Segrelles
Ms. Miriama Kiselyová
Ms. Jasmina Roskić
Dr. Ayedh H. Alotaibi
Ms. Marya Baranova
Mr. Ricardo De Urioste Samanamud
Ms. Yewande Sadiku
Mr. Ronald Roosdorp
Ms. Angela Dau-Pretorius
Ms. Doljinsuren Jambal
Ms. Jovana Krunić
Mr. Fernando Mayer de Leeuw
Mr. Amadou Moctar Kane 
Ms. Lantonirina Erika Ramananarivo
Mr. Vilaysack Phonesay
Ms. Betty Maina
Mr. Sulaiman
Mr. Boaz Fleischman-Alaluf
Mr. Jens Benninghofen
Ms. Maria Martin-Prat
Mr. Marcelo Salazar
Mr. Nicolas Palau van Hissenhoven
Mr. Jiang Chenghua
Mr. Vernon MacKay
Mr. Mahamady Koussoube
Mr. Abrão Miguel Árabe Neto
Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic
Mr. Simon Farbenbloom
H.E. Mr. Carlos Mario Foradori

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. Alvaro Lario
Mr. Greg S. Garrett
Ms. Carin Smaller
Ms. Angelica Rotondaro
Mr. Saran Song
Ms. Gerda Verburg
Ms. Marcela Villarreal
Mr. Daniel Hulls
Ms. Iris Krebber
Mr. Eytan Stibbe
Mr. Martien Van Nieuwkoop
Mr. Shenggen Fan
H.E. Mr. Veng Sakhon


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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Mr. Usman Iftikhar
Mr. Nayef Z. Stetieh
Mr. Volker Turk
Mr. Alfonso Abdo Felix
Ms. Yanki Tshering
Ms. Heloisa Menezes
Ms. Laura Thompson


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. Hon. Benjamin E. Diokno
Mr. Osamu Onodera
Mr. Soaile Mochaba
Mr. Karl Brauner
Mr. Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz
Ms. Duangjai Asawachintachit
Mr. Sean Doherty
H.E. Mr. Zied Ladhari
H.E. Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen


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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Mr. Owain Johnson
Ms. Norma Tregurtha
Ms. Vera Blei
Ms. Siobhan Cleary
Ms. Nandini Sukumar


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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Mr. Ren Hongpeng
H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Fabiano
Mr. Thomas Seghezzi

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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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


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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Mr. Sanjay G. Mungur
Dr. Flavia Santoro Trujillo
Ms. Marthe Chantal Mbajon
Mr. Aditya Dash
Ms. Paola Barcellos Tucunduva
Dr. Xiang Bing
Ms. Busi Bango
H.E. Ambassador Kodjo Asimeng Wadee
H.E. Mr. James Alex Msekela
Mr. Geoffrey Mwambe
Mr. Jonathan Ortmans
Mr. Jorge Lawson
Mr. Alejandro Delgado Ayala
Ms. Armgard Wippler
Ms. Heloisa Menezes
H.E. Mr. Matia Kasaija
H.E. Ms. Clare Akamanzi
Ms. Rkia Derham
H.E. Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro
H.E. Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen
H.E. Mr. José Ramón Valente
H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani


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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Mr. Miquel Rodriguez Planas
Mr. Gavin Munro
Mr. Marek Waskiewicz
Ms. Anne Hornung-Soukup
Mr. Jos Verbeek
Ms. Sedef Yavuz-Noyan
Mr. Carlos Sallé Alonso
Mr. Hafiz Salikhov
Mr. Enrico Grassi
Mr. David Dombkins
Mr. Hans Docter
Ms. Isabelle Durant
Ms. Olga Algayerova
Ms. Lantonirina Erika Ramananarivo
H.E. Mr. Gabriel Curtis


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. Aldo Romani
Mr. Jaime Buriticá
Ms. Julia Haake
Ms. Libby Bernick
Ms. Rebecca Self
Mr. Gavin Power
Mr. Sean Kidney

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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Mr. Kenan Bagci
Mr. José Palacín
Mr. Goran Svilanovic
Mr. Fahad H. Khan
Mr. Emir Djikic
ms. cecilia plottier
Mr. Stephen Karingi
Mr. Marc Proksch
Mr. Chanchal Chand Sarkar
Mr. Thierry Kalonji

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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Mr. Bahaa El Attar
Dr. Sami Al Araji
H.E. Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal
Dr. Ahmed Al Ghassani
Mr. Nabil Itani
Dr. Ayedh H. Alotaibi

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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Ms. Helen Hai
Mr. Hans Docter
Mr. Li Yong
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Ms. Kayula SIAME
H.E. Ms. Amelia Kyambadde
H.E. Ms. Clare Akamanzi
H.E. Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen


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. Martina Fuchs
Ms. Laura Londen
Ms. Lama Sha’sha’a Abu Dahab
Ms. Jamila Belabidi-Chahid
Ms. Anja Monrad
Ms. Angie Rozas
Ms. Marianne Mwaniki
Ms. Anna Falth
Ms. Yam Kumari Khatiwada
Ms. Giselle Rufer
Ms. Bisila Bokoko
Ms. Michaëlle Jean
Ms. Cate Ambrose
Ms. Francesca Lavazza
Ms. Isabelle Durant
Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC


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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Mr. Alexis du Roy de Blicquy
ms. Caroline Seow
mr. Jesús Casado Navarro-Rubio
Ms. Valentine Fievet
Mr. Alfonso Líbano Daurella
Mr. Louis de Meckenheim
Mr. Santiago Peralta
Ms. Carla Barboto
Mr. Winson Yeung
Ms. Lina Wang
Mr. Philip Aminoff

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. Emmanuel Fabiano
Nora K. Terrado
Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Ms. Betty Maina
H.E. Ms. Amelia Kyambadde
H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák
H.E. Mr. Peter Bayuku Konteh
Ms. Rkia Derham
H.E. Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh
H.E. Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro
H.E. Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen
H.E. Mr. Li Chenggang
H.E. Mr. Sorasak Pan
H.E. Mr. Humayoon Rasaw

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. Anya Berehzna
Prof Michele Coletti
Mr. Fabio Sofia
Mr. Jonathan Ortmans
Ms. Bisila Bokoko
Ms. Vanina Farber
Ms. Giselle Rufer
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
Ms. Francesca Lavazza
19:00 - 21:00


Day 5
26 Oct 2018


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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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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Ms. Diana Quintero
ms. alesimo mwanga
Ms. Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke
Mr. Alok Kumar
Mr. Fabio Sofia
Mr. Nigel Culkin
Mrs. Barbara Ofwono Buyondo
Ms. Bisila Bokoko
Mr. Colin Jones
Ms. Vanina Farber
Mr. Arif Zaman
Ms. Anna Falth
Mr. Jorge Lawson
Ms. Rosana Marques
Ms. Lama Sha’sha’a Abu Dahab
Ms. Uneiza Ali Issufo
H.E. Mrs. Maesaiah Thabane


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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Mr. Sergei Vaitekhovski
Ms. Yifei Wang
Nora K. Terrado
Mr. Paban Chowdhury
Mr. Freddy Opsomer
Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem

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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Ms. Prerna Soni
Ms. Andrea Saldarriaga
Mr. Ricardo Pedroza
Ms. Alana Lansiquot-Brice
Ms. Brooke Guven
Ms. Andrea Shemberg
Mr. Vic Van Vuuren
Mr. Ismail Ersahin
Mr. Boubacar Wargo
Mr. Adalberto Netto
Mr. Russell Curtis
Mr. Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle


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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Mr. Roland Dominicé
Ms. Tenke Andrea Zoltani
Ms. Giselle Leung
Mr. Richard Amor
Mr. James Gifford
Ms. Maria Teresa Zappia
Mr. Paul Clements-Hunt
Mr. Elliot Harris


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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Mr. Frédéric Samama
Ms. Luna Romo González
Mr. Rafael del Villar Alrich
Mr. Alexander Barkawi
Ms. Danae Kyriakopoulou
Mr. Frank Elderson
Mr. Masamichi Kono


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


ISO standards: Helping to make the 2030 Agenda a reality

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
refreshments provided

Wednesday, 24 October


Introduction to Blockchain for Sustainable Development

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


The 3Ms Model as Championed in the Agriculture Industry

Amru Rice, Cambodia


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

LIV, South Africa
refreshments provided

Thursday, 25 October


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

ALIMI Impact Ventures, Brazil
refreshments provided


A sustainability success story on Mount Kilimanjaro

Nature Discovery, Tanzania


Our Legacy of Good Imperative

Dell Technologies

Friday, 25 October


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


Implementing SDGs in private investment funds


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)