High-level Closing Roundtable on Investing in Sustainable Development: The Way Forward

Session Type
English / French / Spanish / Arabic / Russian / Chinese
Room number
Hall 4 Room 12
20 October 2023
11:00 - 13:00 Abu Dhabi

At the High-Level Closing Roundtable of the World Investment Forum, Ambassadors and other high-level investment-development stakeholders will discuss the outcomes of the week-long Forum and their implications for national policymaking in their countries, for international cooperation and trade and investment policymaking, and for other intergovernmental processes and upcoming conferences. 

The Roundtable will debate outcomes across all the major themes of the Forum, including investment in the energy transition, food security, and health, and across all key areas for action, from sustainable finance to investment promotion and facilitation on the ground. It will be preceded by a dedicated segment highlighting the outcomes of the COP28 preparatory events on climate finance and investment organized in conjunction with the World Investment Forum.

High-level representatives of UNCTAD, the host country, and partner organizations will briefly summarize the main outcomes of the Forum and open the floor for debate among participants.

The event will mark the official closing of the World Investment Forum.


Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Minister of State for Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises and Communications, Republic of Fiji
Ambassador, Permanent Representative at Embassy and Permanent Mission of Cabo Verde in Geneva
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Chile to the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Arab Emirates
Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire to the United Arab Emirates
Ambassador of the European Union to the United Arabic Emirates
Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, with responsibility for Development, Francophony and International Partnerships, Republic of France
Ambassador of Lebanon to the United Arab Emirates
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission to the UN of Namibia
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Diplomatic Advisor, Embassy of Switzerland to the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain
Co-Founder and COO, Youth Connect Arabia
President, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Team Lead, Climate Change Mitigation, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Senior Economist and Head of Strategy and Policy, Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Secretary of State for International Trade and Foreign Investment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Portugal


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD and Lead, UNCTAD World Investment Forum