Past World Investment Forums

Past World Investment Forums

Since its inauguration in 2008, the World Investment Forum has brought together thousands of high-level speakers and participants to discuss the most relevant, pressing and integral topics in the sustainable development investment arena. Previous World Investment Forums were held in Ghana (2008), China (2010), Qatar (2012), Switzerland (2014), Nairobi (2016) and Switzerland (2018).

The World Investment Forum has attracted numerous Heads of State and other high-level participants. For a list of Heads of State and CEOs who have attended past events, click here.

World Investment Forum 2018 hosted at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and debated a framework for investment policymaking for a new generation of industrial development strategies. It also built on the theme of investing in the SDGs, launching a set of core indicatorsfor SDG reporting by companies, a Policy Toolbox for Financing the SDGs, and an Entrepreneurship Policy Guide for Migrants and Refugees.

World Investment Forum 2016 took place in Nairobi Kenya and was held in conjunction with UNCTAD’s 14th Ministerial meeting. Moreover, the final outcome document of UNCTAD14—the Nairobi Maafikiano, or agreement—was supported by the UN’s 194 member States gave strong support to the WIF, endorsing its role and purpose, and renewing its mandate.

World Investment Forum 2014 hosted at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, linked investment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), creating a High-Level Action plan for Investing in the SDGs, along with the launch of other portals, reports, guides and platforms, recognizing the importance of this global platform for collaborative and united efforts worldwide.

World Investment Forum 2012, held in Doha, Qatar, addressed the investment challenges and opportunities arising from emerging global economic governance structures and contributed to the development of policy options and partnerships for promoting sustainable investment to foster inclusive growth.

World Investment Forum 2010 was held in Xiamen, China, and resolved to promote investment for sustainable development and helped better understand the emerging opportunities and challenges in the context of the post-crisis investment landscape.

The inaugural World Investment Forum 2008, held in Accra, Ghana, focused on the future of foreign direct investment flows: where FDI is likely to come from and which sectors and regions will be the main targets of these flows.