The UNCTAD World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development. The Forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. It facilitates multi-stakeholder collective action to stimulate investment in development. The Forum offers a unique opportunity to influence investment-related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and to network with global leaders in business and politics.

Previous editions took place in Accra (2008)Xiamen (2010)Doha (2012)Geneva (2014)Nairobi (2016)Geneva (2018) and Online (2021). The Forum was set up to fill the investment institutional gap in the international economic governance architecture. Since its inception it has served as the leading forum to leverage investment policy for sustainable development.

The Forum biennually gathers more than 6,000 investment stakeholders from 160 countries. The stakeholder landscape encompasses high-level participants from the global investment community, including Heads of State and Government, ministers, executives of global companies and stock exchanges, sovereign wealth fund managers, investment treaty negotiators, heads of investment promotion agencies, international investment location experts, heads of international organizations, parliamentarians, civil society representatives, eminent scholars, and the international media.



The 8th World Investment Forum was held from 16-20 October 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More information can be found here and the programme is available here.



Satellite events combine a series of global high-level events, which builds on UNCTAD’s successful World Investment Forums. More information can be found here.