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) and Geneva (2018). 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 5,000 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.


2020 has been marked by the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) with a profound negative impact on global foreign direct investment (FDI) and global financial markets. The Forum, which will take place at the end of the year, will provide an opportunity for the investment community to take stock of its impact on investment trends as well as experiences and lessons learnt.

Organized under the overall theme Investing in Sustainable Development, the Forum will address global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalization and industrialization. Investor stakeholders will gather to explore ways and means to further leverage investment for growth and sustainable development. 

In 2020 the World Investment Forum will focus on several key issues facing the global investment-development community:

  • How can investment stakeholders more rapidly integrate sustainability into investment decisions and business operations to create long term value and development impact?
  • What has been the impact of Covid-19 on investment trends and how can the investment community better prepare for similar shocks in the future?
  • How can governments and business respond to the far-reaching development consequences of technological change and the impact on investment?
  • What are the implications of increasing fragmentation in international economic policymaking, especially in trade and investment?


The preliminary programme will be announced, please check the website for updates. 

Venue and date

To be announced.

Visa Requirements

To be announced.


The event is free but registration compulsory – registration will be announced, please check the website for updates.