World investment forum 2018
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.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Forum. Previous editions took place in Accra (2008), Xiamen (2010), Doha(2012), Geneva (2014) and Nairobi (2016), The Forum was set up to fill the investment institutional gap in the international economic governance architecture. Since inception, it has served as the leading forum to leverage
investment policy for sustainable development.

The Forum biennially gathers more than 4,000 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 organisations, parliamentarians, civil society representatives, eminent scholars, and the international media.

World Investment Forum 2018


Organised under the overall theme Investing in Sustainable Development, the Forum will address global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalisation and  industrialisation. Investment stakeholders will gather to brainstorm solution-oriented initiatives and build global partnerships to advance prosperity for all.

In 2018 the World Investment Forum will bring more actors to the table, including philanthropists, impact fund heads and other sustainability pioneers. More than 5,000 investment stakeholders are anticipated to converge in Geneva for the event.


The 2018 Forum will consist of some fifty events, including a grand opening, the Global Leaders Investment Summit, the Global Investment Game Changers Summit, ministerial round-tables, conferences, private sector-led sessions, TED-style presentations, high-profile stakeholder round-tables, networking events, award ceremonies and an Investment Village.

Key background documents

• Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD)
• Road Map for International Investment Agreements (IIA) Reform
• Global Action Menu for Investment Facilitation
• Entrepreneurship Policy Framework (EPF)

World Investment Forum 2018
Venue and date

From 22 to 26 October 2018, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the United Nations Headquarters in Europe and an international business, economic development and diplomacy hub.

Website and registration

Registration is open on the website


Wednesday, 24 – Friday, 26 October
10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00, Friday 10:00 – 13:00


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. This enhances the role of accounting and reporting in assessing the private sector contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and can facilitate financial inclusion. The 35th session of ISAR will review recent trends in this area and deliberate on the selection of core SDG indicators for company reporting to facilitate the harmonization of sustainability reporting and the integration of sustainability information into companies’ reporting cycles. In the area of financial reporting the meeting will address the issue of the practical implementation of international standards of accounting and reporting into the public and private sectors. The session will also discuss further progress on the implementation of the Accounting Development Tool of UNCTAD and its impact on strengthening the regulatory and institutional foundations for high quality reporting by enterprises.

Issues for the debate:

• How do recent developments in enterprise reporting contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its
monitoring mechanism?
• How can the SDG indicators be used to factor private sector contributions into countries reporting on their
progress with the SDGs? What baseline indicators for companies could help to facilitate this process?
• What are the key results, lessons learned, and major challenges with respect to practical implementation of
International Financial Reporting Standards and International Public-Sector Accounting Standards? What
needs to be done to enhance their impact on financial stability and the mobilization of financial resources for

World Investment Forum 2018

Tuesday, 23 – Friday, 26 October
09:00 – 18:00 


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.
Monday, 22 – Friday, 26 October
10:00 – 18:00


Youth Entrepreneurship: A force towards inclusive and sustainable growth globalisation

The UNCTAD Youth Forum 2018 aims to encourage a dialogue between youth and global leaders from governments and the private sector involved in the achievement of the sustainable development goals. Under the theme of youth entrepreneurship as a force towards inclusive and sustainable growth, over 200 young men and women from around the world will gather to talk about the future employment landscape and the role of the entrepreneurs of 2030.
Convened in parallel with the World Investment Forum 2018, the Youth Forum also provides an opportunity for the participants to interact with the high-level investment-development stakeholders from around the world.

Issues for deliberation:

• How can policy reforms and new technologies transform challenges into opportunities for youth and unlock
their potential?
• How can skill building prepare youth for the labour challenges ahead?
• What are existing initiatives for the empowerment of youth that should be scaled up?


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