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Monday, 13 October     (Back to top)

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Assembly Hall

Palais des Nations

Grand Opening
13 October 18:00 - 19:00
Presentation of the Investment Promotion Awards 2014

Description
The Opening Ceremony will take place in the presence of the highest level representation from the host country, Switzerland, UNCTAD member States, the global business community, as well as the United Nations and other organizations. The world’s best agencies in promoting investment for sustainable development are honoured during the event.
 
 

Salle des pas perdus

Palais des Nations

Welcome Reception
13 October 19:00 - 21:00
(offered by the Swiss Authorities and with the musical participation of Eliana Burki)

Welcome reception offered by the Swiss Authorities with the musical participation of Eliana Burki.
 
 

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Assembly Hall

Palais des Nations

World Leaders’ Investment Summit I
14 October 10:00 - 13:00
Investing in Sustainable Development: Vision and Roadmap

Description
The Summit convenes Heads of State and Government and chief executives of global companies to discuss the role of investment in achieving sustainable development. State leaders will share their views on the main challenges policy makers face when channeling investment towards sustainable development, while the world’s leading business executives will present the corporate perspective on the role of the private sector in this endeavour. The Summit will provide participants with a rich, solutions-oriented discussion, drawing on the insights of the leaders present.

Elements for the debate

  • What are the policy challenges, trade-offs and constraints for channeling private investment into the SDG sectors?

  • What are the factors that shape the role of the public and private sector in the pursuit of sustainable and inclusive growth?

  • What are the global policy imperatives in this context and how best can these be translated at the national and regional level?

 
 

Delegates Restaurant (8th Floor)

Palais des Nations

Leaders Luncheon
14 October 13:00 - 15:00
11th Meeting of the IAC (with ICC; by invitation only)
Description
Poverty Alleviation in the Poorest Countries

The Investment Advisory Council, a joint initiative by UNCTAD and the International Chamber of Commerce, offers a platform for Heads of State and government, CEOs of global companies, as well as heads of international organizations to discuss poverty reduction initiatives. In collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).


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Room XI

Palais des Nations

Launch of the Global Enterprise Registration Portal
14 October 14:30 - 15:00
 
 

Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

Investing in the Future
14 October 15:00 - 18:00
Sustainable Cities Round Table (in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty)

Description
City mayors and business leaders will discuss the most necessary and promising investment initiatives and policy practices for building sustainable cities.

Elements for the debate

  • What role for private investment in addressing pressing challenges faced by mega cities, including to uplift the urban poor?

  • How can foreign investment make cities more inclusive?

  • How best can the private sector contribute to the maintenance and sustainable development of cities?


Organizing parties
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Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Investing in Sustainable and Universal Access to Medicines: Local Production in Developing Countries
14 October 15:00 - 18:00
Policy Debate on Public Health (with WHO and UNAIDS)

Description
Domestic pharmaceutical production capability is increasingly seen as a priority for many developing countries. Governments have adopted various strategies to establish domestic manufacturing expertise. This session introduces three investment models for the pharmaceutical industry: state-owned, public-private, and privately-owned enterprises. It will examine the respective strengths and weaknesses of these investment options for meeting public health objectives, such as access to medicines. The session will be of interest to policy makers in countries actively seeking to scale up their local pharmaceutical industry, as well as to investment promotion agencies that have identified pharmaceutical production as a priority sector. Session organized in partnership with Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

Elements for the debate

  • What are the dynamics of providing access to medicines in developing countries? Is there scope for public endeavour to facilitate access to medicines, particularly to marginalized sections of the population?

  • How can publicly-owned pharmaceutical firms be turned into full-fledged competitors to private sector firms?

  • What means, other than private equity, exist to encourage private pharmaceutical firms to take on board public health concerns?


Organizing parties
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Room XI

Palais des Nations

Global iGuides Meeting
14 October 15:00 - 18:00
(by invitation only)

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Description
Since last year, UNCTAD has been helping investment promotion agencies provide investors online with up-to-date information on business costs, opportunities and conditions in their countries. iGuides have been launched in Burundi, Djibouti, Nepal and Rwanda and more are under way. The global iGuides meeting is aimed at countries that either have an iGuide or are interested in having one developed. The meeting will explain the establishment and the use of iGuides.

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Room XVIII

Palais des Nations

Sustainable Stock Exchanges Global Dialogue
14 October 15:00 - 18:30
4th Global Dialogue (with Global Compact, UNEP-FI and PRI)

Description
The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how stock exchanges – in collaboration with policy makers, investors, regulators and companies – can promote responsible investment for sustainable development. The 2014 Global Dialogue of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative convenes securities regulators, stock exchange executives, institutional investors, CEOs and ministers to identify ways to harness capital markets for sustainable development. A joint UN initiative co-organized by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

Elements for the debate

  • What role can stock exchanges, regulators and investors play to improve the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of companies? What are the experiences of listed companies relating to promoting ESG?

  • What are the main challenges for taking this agenda forward? Following on developments since the 2012 Sustainable Stock Exchanges Dialogue, how can momentum be maintained over the next twenty-four months? How can exchanges and other capital market participants contribute to the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals?

  • What next steps can be taken by regulators, investors, ministers and stock exchanges collectively?


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Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality – the Role of TNCs
14 October 15:30 - 17:30
Dialogue on Investment and Gender (with UN WOMEN)

Description
The event will review research on experiences with, and the impact of, transnational corporations (TNCs) on gender, and consider avenues for policy makers to learn from this, in particular to minimize risks and maximize the benefits of TNC activities for women. A moderated, interactive dialogue between international experts and practitioners. Organized in partnership with UN Women.

Elements for the debate

  • What are the gender-related effects and implications of investment by TNCs in developing countries, both positive and negative? What are the broader economic and social dimensions and implications?

  • Which strategies by TNCs have proven effective in raising women's empowerment in developing countries? What factors have contributed to this?

  • How can issues of women equality, empowerment and sustainable beneficial outcomes best be integrated in FDI policies?


Organizing parties
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Bar Serpent

Palais des Nations

World Investment Forum - ISAR Reception
14 October 18:30 - 21:30
Offered by the ACCA and Caribbean Export (all Forum participants welcome)
 
 

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Assembly Hall

Palais des Nations

World Leaders Investment Summit II
15 October 10:00 - 13:00
Investment Policies and Development Strategies

Description
Heads of States deliberate with Nobel laureates and private sector innovators on optimal ways to channel diverse policy strands towards a common objective: achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Elements for the debate

  • How can the linkages between industrial, investment and development strategies be optimally leveraged in pursuit of the SDGs?

  • How can public and private actors optimize synergies in pursuing SDG strategies?

  • What are the policy gaps and how can they be optimally addressed at the national, regional and global level?

 
 

Delegates Restaurant (8th Floor)

Palais des Nations

Leaders Working Luncheon
15 October 13:00 - 15:00
(by invitation only)
Description
In the outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2010, Heads of State and Government expressed deep concern that the progress made in achieving the MDGs falls far short of what is needed, and called upon the private sector to further contribute to poverty eradication, including by adapting its business models to the needs and possibilities of the poor. Private sector engagement to contribute to global development objectives is seen as imperative.

Elements for the debate

  • From voluntary action to mandatory standards? Assessing the evolution of the global corporate social governance system.

  • Public and private sector engagement on sustainability concerns: how to create the right balance?

 
 

Maison de la Paix

The Graduate Institute

Shaping a New Policy Research Agenda
15 October 13:00 - 18:00
Multi-disciplinary Academic Conference (with the AIB, EIBA, SIEL and IHEID)

Description
Organized in cooperation with academic partners, including the Graduate Institute, Geneva, the Academy of International Business (AIB), the Society of International Economy and Law (SIEL), and the European International Business Academy (EIBA) the academic conference session takes the form of a multi-disciplinary dialogue to shape a future policy-orientated research agenda on “investment for development” for the next 15 years and beyond. Discussion will centre on aspects of development in which corporate investment is crucial, and in which policy can play a pivotal role in ensuring that such investments is overall beneficial to countries, communities and individuals. The disciplines represented at the session include international business, international economics, investment law and development, though the intention is to widen the scope of disciplines further, as relevant.

Elements for the debate

  • How can a multi-disciplinary approach to research on Sustainable Development Goals – especially investment in SDGs – lead to better results and more fruitful policy outcomes? What are the methodological implications for such an approach?

  • What sort of institutional frameworks are required to further such research and analysis? Which themes and topics best lend themselves to such research and analysis; which should be prioritized and why? (Defining the research framework)

  • What next? Practical steps to build on the dialogue, involve key stakeholders and put multi-disciplinary research and analysis on investment for development into action.


Click here to view the full description of this event and the call for papers.

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Room XX

Palais des Nations

Human Rights and Investment Policy Making: Relevance and Integration
15 October 14:00 - 17:00
Symposium on Business and Human Rights (with OHCHR)

Description

Recent normative developments, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), specify that government and market actors have respective duties and responsibilities to safeguard human rights in the context of all business activity, including investment. Nevertheless, understanding how human rights are relevant to investment and what that implies for investment policy making is still nascent. In fact, while there is a flurry of activity directed towards bringing company practice in line with the UNGPs, a serious gap exists with respect to government policy making. Few efforts, if any, consider what the UNGPs imply for investment policy making, including in particular international investment agreements (IIAs) and State-investor contracts given the differentiated duties and responsibilities of governments and companies for human rights.

While UNCTAD's Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) is a welcome starting point in this regard, more work is required to distill the meaning and implications of the UNGPs for a range of governmental and market actors.

Elements for the debate

  • How are human rights relevant to investment given the experience of State, commercial and civil society practitioners?

  • What implications may the relevance of human rights have for investment policy making at the domestic and international levels?

  • What good practice or new initiatives to integrate human rights into investment policy making can be identified?


Organizing parties
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Room XI

Palais des Nations

The Financial Sector and Sustainable Development: Influencing Policy and Regulation
15 October 14:00 - 17:30
(with UNEP-FI)


Description


The period 2014-15 offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development, which comprises three interlocking and mutually reinforcing dimensions—economic, social and environmental sustainability.

While the global financial sector—spanning the banking, insurance and investment industries—has increasingly embraced the sustainability agenda over the past decade, far too little capital is flowing into a sustainable economy. Too much capital continues to be allocated to a resource-inefficient, carbon-intensive, polluting economy. Social and economic inequalities are widening, and communities and economies around the world are becoming highly vulnerable to disasters.

For example, the International Energy Agency estimates that an extra USD 36 trillion in clean energy investment is needed until 2050 to stabilise the effects of global warming. Oxfam reports that the 85 richest people in the world have the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people—or half of the world’s population.  The UN Secretary-General says that direct losses from natural disasters have been underestimated by at least 50% and are already in the range of USD 2.5 trillion this century—and that economic losses from disasters are “out of control”.

There is clear evidence of the urgent need to shift to a new growth model, and of serious deficiencies in the stewardship of the financial sector in this process. Accordingly, questions on the role of the financial sector in contributing to a sustainable economy are now more relevant than ever.

Elements for the debate



  • Are environmental and social sustainability issues recognised as being systemically relevant by financial policymakers and regulators traditionally focused on financial and economic stability issues?

  • What is the fundamental role of financial policymakers and regulators in promoting sustainable development?

  • Will the current approaches and trends be sufficient to align financial sector policy and regulation with broader public policy goals on sustainable development?



 
 

Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

Sovereign Wealth Funds Round Table
15 October 14:30 - 17:30
Promoting Long-Term Sustainable Investment

Description

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) manage assets of more than $6 trillion, and public sector pension funds worldwide almost triple this figure. With a long-term investment horizon, these investors have great potential to contribute to sustainable development through investment in relevant sectors, such as infrastructure, agriculture and healthcare. However, only a small portion of the available 'reservoir' is currently dedicated to direct investment and many developing countries, in particular those in Africa, are still largely absent from the portfolio of these funds.

At this high-level Round Table, policy makers, executives of SWFs and public pension funds and investment experts will examine opportunities and challenges for mobilizing more investment by sovereign wealth and public pension funds in SDG sectors, and how governments and sovereign and public investors can work together to facilitate these investments and magnify their contributions to sustainable development.

Elements for the debate

Session 1: Opportunities and challenges

  • What are the emerging trends of direct investment by sovereign investors?

  • What opportunities can developing economies offer for sovereign investors in pro-development investment?

  • What barriers curb sovereign investors' appetite for long-term investments in these regions?


Session 2: Innovative schemes and tools

  • What schemes and tools can be used to leverage long-term investment by sovereign investors?

  • What risk-sharing schemes could be available to alleviate key concerns of sovereign investors for long-term investment?

  • How to leverage options such as co-investment and private equity to ‘broker’ engagement by sovereign investors?


Session 3: Role of host countries

  • What policy measures can host countries adopt to address the barriers faced by sovereign investors?

  • How can governments better prepare bankable projects for sovereign investors?

  • How can governments and sovereign investors work together to maximize the development benefits of sovereign investment while minimizing potential risks and negative impacts?


 
 

Room VII

Palais des Nations

The Investment-Trade-Development Nexus
15 October 15:00 - 16:30
High-level Roundtable (with WTO)

Description
Investment ministers, trade ambassadors, business representatives and heads of international organizations will discuss the investment-trade-development nexus at both the national and international level from a practical perspective, touching upon issues related to trade, investment and value chains. The discussion is expected to formulate strategies on how to better use trade and investment synergies for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Elements for the debate

  • What is the impact of trade flows and rules on investment flows and rules and vice versa, and how can we take better advantage of coherent regulatory approaches in this regard?

  • What can we learn from successful development strategies that harness the benefits of increased interconnectedness between trade and investment?

  • What regulatory factors shape companies' trade and investment decisions, and how should they be aligned to better serve development purposes?


Format

The event will take the form of a moderated podium discussion Davos-style with eight panelists, engaging with the floor after the first rounds of interventions.  The audience will consist of practitioners from the international investment community, including senior executives from big and small companies, investment promotion officials and investment location experts, sovereign wealth funds and private equity funds managers, security regulators and stock exchange managers, investment agreement negotiators and corporate counsels, as well as academia, media and NGOs.

Organizing parties

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Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Investment Promotion Conference
15 October 15:00 - 18:00
Attracting FDI into Infrastructure ▪ FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision

Description

Global financing requirements for infrastructure are estimated at US$1 trillion per year through 2020. Adding a green/greening dimension raises this by another US$200-300 million annually. Part of this financing will need to come from the private sector, including foreign investors. The involvement of private entities in infrastructure projects is not straight-forward. It requires sectoral reforms in infrastructure markets and building up institutional and human capacity, including in investment promotion agencies (IPAs), to handle the complex nature of project finance transactions. Countries and locations with a green growth vision also need to put in place strategies, policies and institutional capacity to attract investments in green projects, including the greening of existing industries and infrastructure. The role of foreign direct investment (FDI) can be critical in financing these projects and in introducing new technologies, innovative solutions and management practices. For IPAs to attract such investments a new approach will be required with a focus on the promotion of bankable green projects.

The meeting will allow for sharing of best practices in this regard.  Organized in two sessions:

Session I: Attracting FDI into Infrastructure (in partnership with the World Economic Forum)

Session II: FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision? (in partnership with UNEP-FI)

Elements for the debate
Session I: Attracting FDI into Infrastructure

  • What is the role for post-crisis policy and promotion in attracting FDI in infrastructure?

  • What national and international innovative options are available for financing infrastructure in developing countries?


Session II: FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision

  • What can be the role of FDI in realizing a green growth vision?

  • How can governments and IPAs prioritize strategic green investment projects (new vs. upgrading)? What conditions and incentives need to be in place to create a competitive environment for attracting green investment projects?


Organizing parties
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Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Making Value Chains Work for the Poor
15 October 15:00 - 18:00
High-Level Round Table (with the ITC)

Description

The session will provide a platform for international experts and practitioners to discuss how best to promote inclusive and sustainable value chains as a means of empowering small enterprises to link with all businesses in the value chain. Speakers will review how to facilitate transition from informal to formal businesses and will consider different business sectors perspectives, including the integration of target groups such as women and youth.

Elements for the debate

  • Linking local SMEs and communities to global value chains: what policy options?

  • Sustainable value chains and global competition – how to maintain a level playing field?

  • How can women and youth entrepreneurs be better integrated into sustainable value chains?


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Room IX

Palais des Nations

Capital Markets and Economic Growth
15 October 15:30 - 17:30
Capital Markets Dialogue (with IOSCO)

Description
Global banking de-leveraging and shrinking public financing are constraining global credit supply. The private sector will increasingly have to provide the long-term pension products for retirement and for infrastructure financing. Capital markets and market-based financing instruments are therefore at a critical juncture. Given the increase in intra-financial business within the banking industry and the tighter lending environment post-banking reforms, capital markets have to be instrumental in filling this gap. Organized in partnership with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

Elements for the debate

  • How can policy makers and regulators further promote sustainable and integrated securities markets, and enhance global coordination and converged regulation?

  • How can policy makers strengthen systemic implementation of international standards? What can be done to ensure that global financial regulatory institutions are appropriately resourced and have adequate powers? How can the risks of regulatory fragmentation be reduced or mitigated?

  • What steps can be taken to further strengthen the supervision and enforcement mechanisms of regulators in order to promote a competitive and transparent financial industry? How can the transparency of the financial industry be further enhanced to discipline risk taking? What mechanisms need to be in place to establish effective investor protection and financial stability? What can policy makers and regulators do to promote investor confidence? What is the current state of international financial reform and what role will this play?


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Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

Investment and Regional Integration
15 October 16:00 - 18:00
High-Level Inter-Regional Dialogue

Description

Regional and inter-regional economic integration is an important feature of today's economic landscape and also has an impact on FDI flows and corporate operations. Heads of regional economic organizations, regional commissions and CEOs will exchange experiences and lessons learned in this area and explore regional synergies.

Elements for the debate

  • How has regional integration in different parts of the world influenced corporate investment strategies and shaped regional value chains; and how did they in turn strengthen regional integration?

  • How do global/regional value chains affect and shape regional economic integration efforts?

  • What mechanisms can be adopted at the multilateral level to facilitate the exchange of experience and lessons learned among regional groupings?


 
 

Room XX

Palais des Nations

Empretec Women in Business Awards 2014 Ceremony
15 October 18:30 - 19:30

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Description

The Empretec Women in Business Awards (E-WBA) are granted to three women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec programme - a pioneering UNCTAD programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship that operates in 36 countries.

This year marks the 4th edition of the E-WBA and in line with the World Investment Forum's theme, Investing in Sustainable Development, the awards ceremony will highlight the key role that women entrepreneurs have in contributing to sustainable development through job creation, innovation and strengthening local capacity. Two special recognitions will also be given for green and social entrepreneurship.

The 10 finalists come from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East and work in a variety of sectors. They all share a contagious passion for their work and are using their role as businesswomen to give back to their communities.

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Serpent Bar

Palais des Nations

Networking Reception
15 October 19:30 - 21:30
(offered by Symbiotics)
 
 

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Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Talking Business - Africa
16 October 8:15 - 11:30
Interactive sessions between Governments and Business (with SABC)

Background

Top officials will showcase investment opportunities in their countries. The session provides a chance for business to explore new investment horizons and interact with country representatives through Q&As and networking slots.

Organized in cooperation with the Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC), it opens with a networking breakfast, followed by brief country presentations and Q&A sessions.

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Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

Reforming the International Investment Agreements Regime
16 October 9:00 - 13:00
IIA Conference

Description
While almost all countries are parties to one or several International Investment Agreements (IIAs), many are dissatisfied with the current regime. The IIA Conference will take stock of 60 years of international investment policy making, review key challenges and identify ways and means for improving the IIA regime so that it contributes better to sustainable development. UNCTAD's 2014 World Investment Report outlines four different paths of action countries are pursuing in this regard. The WIF IIA Conference will join IIA negotiators and other investment-development stakeholders to consider different areas for and steps towards reform.

Elements for the debate

  • What are the key areas and pressing issues in IIAs and investment dispute settlement that need to be addressed?

  • What are the key ways and means to address these issues?

  • What types of mechanisms and platforms are needed to facilitate the reform?


Organizing parties

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Room XI

Palais des Nations

Business Schools for Impact
16 October 9:30 - 13:00
Network Launch

Description

In the outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2010, government leaders called on the private sector to accelerate its contribution to poverty eradication, including by adapting its business models to the needs and possibilities of the poor. The UNCTAD Business Schools for Impact project was developed in response to this call and has the objective to change the mindset of future generations of managers, investors and entrepreneurs and teaching business students the skills to build business at the base of the pyramid. The session will bring together schools, teachers, students, corporates, impact investors and social entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges associated with investing in low-income economies and the implications for the business school curriculum. The Business Schools for Impact initiative will be unveiled during the event and an interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to engage and become a contributor.

Elements for the debate

  • What role can business schools play in advancing the sustainable development agenda?

  • What are the essential elements of a curriculum aimed at teaching the skills required to invest and operate in low-income environments with positive social impact?

  • What initiatives and incentives can prompt graduates to deploy their skills at the base of the pyramid?


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Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Investing in Sustainable Development
16 October 10:00 - 12:00
Dialogue with Parliamentarians (with the IPU)

Description
As part of the 131st IPU Assembly and the 2014 World Investment Forum, this session will gather parliamentarians from around the world in a multi-stakeholder dialogue with business executives, ministers and heads of international organizations to debate ways in which legislators can work with the private sector to help channel investment into SDG sectors and ensure development impact.

Elements for the debate

  • What are the legislative challenges for channeling private investment into SDG sectors?

  • How can the interaction between parliaments, policy makers and the private sector be improved so as to better deliver on development?

  • What are the global policy imperatives in this context, and how can international organizations contribute?


Organizing parties
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Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

Leveraging Private Finance for Sustainable Development
16 October 10:00 - 13:00
Round Table on Investment Impact (with Global Compact and PRI)

Description

An ambitious and truly transformational Post2015 Agenda will require a significant increase in financial resources that address social, environmental and economic development needs. Addressing these large financing needs, will require all types of flows, including public, private, international and domestic.

As the conversations on financing sustainable development take an increasingly central role, the private sector is increasingly recognized as an essential actor in such conversations. And private action is well under way. With the growth of the corporate sustainability movement around the globe, investors and companies are increasingly aware of the importance of embedding environmental, social and governance considerations in their investments and delivering value for business and society.

There are great synergies among different private actors. Companies and investors are increasingly working together to address sustainability challenges. Companies play a critical role in driving inclusive growth, improving social and environmental practices and creating jobs and value for society. Investors have the capacity to raise capital and support the growth of sustainable companies and through active ownership they can also influence the social and environmental performance of companies. However there is a need for practical guidance for institutional investors, companies and foundations on how they can engage in a coordinated fashion to finance a sustainable future.

Towards a toolkit for institutional investors, companies and foundations to finance a sustainable future
The UN Global Compact, UNCTAD and the Principles for Responsible Investment are working to devise such a toolkit based on consultations with stakeholders.  The Discussions at the World Investment Forum will help build on existing good practices and synergies and will provide more clarity on specific tools and approaches to address some of the following key questions.

Elements for the debate

  • Rationale for investing in the Sustainable Development Goals. How can investors and global companies establish a rationale for contributing to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals? What's the business case and what investment opportunities emerge from the SDGs? How should the private sector engage with governments and the UN to help contribute to implementation of the SDGs?

  • Shift towards a long term and sustainable approach to investment. How can private investors transition towards a long term approach in investment decisions? What are effective planning and evaluation practices required to engage in investments with longer term horizons? How can private investors rebalance portfolios to investment increasingly in projects and products which contribute towards achievement of the SDGs?

  • Impact of private investments towards the Sustainable Development Goals. How should investors, companies and foundations measure, monitor and communicate the impact of their investments in sustainability? What are the emerging definitions and metrics for impact used by private investors? How can they maximize the impact of their investments and deliver value for business and society?

  • Partnerships for investments at scale. What are the key elements of successful partnerships between the public sector, companies and investors to mobilize investment in the Sustainable Development Goals? What are effective coordination mechanisms?


Organizing parties
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Room IX

Palais des Nations

Investment in Landlocked Developing Countries
16 October 10:30 - 13:00
High-level Meeting

Description

Foreign direct investment (FDI) to Land-locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) has been historically small but is on the rise with transnational corporations (TNCs) from the South continuing to be the main source. Many LLDCs have improved their investment climate and opened up sectors to foreign investment, but larger FDI inflows to LLDCs are often dominated by extractive industries. In this Forum, participants will analyze current developments and trends in investment flows and explore what needs to be done to increase the flow and impact of FDI to sustainable development in LLDCs.

Directly after the meeting, there will be a brief ceremony for the Launch of the UNCTAD Investment Guide to the Silk Road 2014.

Elements for the debate

  • How can LLDC governments further increase FDI inflows and direct them to investment projects in manufacturing, services and infrastructure where rising income levels create new opportunities?

  • How can FDIs including extractive industries help reach Sustainable Development Goals in LLDCs?

  • Many LLDCs have been struggling to attract FDI; is regional integrating a game changer?

  • What are the challenges companies typically face when investing in LLDCs?


Organizing parties
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Investment Village Stage, 1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Talking Business - Caribbean
16 October 11:30 - 14:30
Interactive Sessions Between Governments and Business (with CAIPA)

Background

Top officials will showcase investment opportunities in their countries. The session provides a chance for business to explore new investment horizons and interact with country representatives through Q&As and networking slots.

Organized in cooperation with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion agencies (CAIPA), it features brief country presentations, followed by a networking lunch.

Participating countries:

  • The Bahamas

  • Curacao

  • Dominican Republic

  • Grenada

  • Haiti

  • Jamaica

  • Saint Lucia

  • Trinidad and Tobago


Organizing Parties

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Delegates Restaurant (8th Floor)

Palais des Nations

Leaders Working Luncheon
16 October 13:00 - 15:00
Capacity-building in Investment for Development: Taking Stock and Way Forward (by invitation only)
Description

This lunch will explore options to help build and strengthen the human, institutional and governance capacity of developing countries, in particular least developed countries (LDCs), post-conflict countries and Small, Weak and Vulnerable Economies (SWVEs). The discussions will also consider how national and international policies can be tailored to establish an enabling environment for private sector development.

Elements for the debate:

  • What strategies can LDCs, post-conflict countries and SWVEs pursue to improve their investment climate?

  • How can the public sector lend broader support to the private sector's development of innovative financing solutions, in pursuit of an SDG supportive financial system?

  • Could technical assistance from the international development community with regards to PPP project set-up and management help develop more effective regulation and mitigate risk for all parties involved?

 
 

Delegates Restaurant (8th Floor)

Palais des Nations

Creating More and Better Jobs Through Investment
16 October 13:00 - 15:00
Working Luncheon (with ILO - by invitation only)

Description
Investment contributes most effectively to achieving the MDGs when it maximizes the creation of more and better jobs. Investors can actively seek to expand their backward and forward linkages with local enterprises, support the improvement of working conditions and inclusion of vulnerable groups and contribute more broadly to sustainable enterprise development. In today's interconnected world, society is increasingly looking to investors to make such positive contributions to economic and social development. This session will explore how government policies and corporate policies can be harnessed more effectively to boost employment opportunities and strengthen respect for workers’ fundamental rights.

Elements for the debate

  • What are the essential elements of an effective government policy for more and better jobs through FDI, in line with national development priorities?

  • What are investors doing to support greater opportunities for job creation and improve of the quality of jobs in host countries?

  • How can investment agencies stimulate greater synergies between these government and investor policies?

  • What guidance does ILO have to offer?


Organizing parties
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Room XXVII

Palais des Nations

Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment
16 October 13:00 - 15:30
Inter-Agency Initiative (with the World Bank, FAO and IFAD)

Description
UNCTAD, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank jointly developed a set of Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that respects rights, livelihoods and resources. The seven Principles cover all types of investment in agriculture, including business models with close linkages between investors and contract farmers. The Principles have been endorsed by the G20 and the UN General Assembly and piloted in many developing countries, notably in Africa and Asia. The event will present an update of this important initiative and elaborate on its potential contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Organized in collaboration with the above partner organizations.

Elements for the debate

  • How can corporate investment in agriculture best contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals?

  • What are the main challenges that host and home country governments, investors, local communities and civil society face in ensuring this positive contribution? Which solutions are most effective?

  • What practice and business models ensure that corporate investment is complementary to the operations of local smallholders and the overall wellbeing of the economy?


Organizing parties
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Room XX

Palais des Nations

Ministerial Round Table
16 October 15:00 - 18:00
Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals

Description
A significant ratcheting up of investment will be required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the private sector will be a vital partner to public efforts to this effect. Indeed, the role of investment to generate productive capacity will be at the heart of efforts to meet the SDGs. Ministers and heads of international organizations will consider appropriate policy frameworks for sustainable investment, and propose strategies to engage private sector stakeholders to finance the SDGs.

Elements for the debate

  • How can policies be deployed to engage private sector funding for the SDGs?

  • What factors shape private sector involvement in the sustainable and inclusive growth agenda?

  • Should an international governance structure frame different actors’ roles; what form should it take?


 
 

Bar Serpent

Palais des Nations

Closing Ceremony Cocktail
16 October 18:00 - 21:00
Presentation by the Host of the World Investment Forum 2016, the Republic of Peru