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Assembly Hall

Palais des Nations

Grand Opening
13 October 18:00 - 19:00
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.
 
 

Salle des pas perdus and Hall XIV

Palais des Nations

Welcome Reception and Investment Promotion Awards 2014
13 October 19:00 - 21:00

Honouring the world’s best agencies in promoting investment for sustainable development.
 
 

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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).


Organizing parties
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Delegates Restaurant (8th Floor)

Palais des Nations

Sustainable Stock Exchanges VIP Luncheon
14 October 13:00 - 15:00
(by invitation only)

Description

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) VIP luncheon will provide speakers and other key stakeholders of the SSE initiative an opportunity for networking and sharing ideas prior to the SSE 2014 Global Dialogue. The luncheon is an invitation only event reserved for speakers of the SSE Global Dialogue and other invited participants.

Organizing parties

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Sponsor

CDSB
 
 

Palais des Nations

Private Sector Solutions for the Sustainable Development
14 October 13:00 - 15:00
Investment Stakeholders Networking Luncheon

Description
A series of interactive presentations by private sector innovators on corporate best practice in response to global sustainability challenges.
 
 

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 twelve 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?


Organizing parties
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Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

Investing in the Future
14 October 15:00 - 18:00
Sustainable Cities Round Table (with UN-SDSN)

Description
City mayors and urban design innovators in a discussion on the most promising investment initiatives and policy practice for building sustainable cities. This event is organized by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN), led by Jeffrey Sachs, in collaboration with UNCTAD.

Elements for the debate

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

  • What governance structure, including for foreign investment, will create more inclusive cities?

  • How best can the private sector contribute to the maintenance and sustainable development of mega 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 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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Palais des Nations

Location to be confirmed

International Cities Reception
14 October 18:00 - 21:30
 
 

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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

Thought 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

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

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

 
 

Palais des Nations

Private Sector Solutions for Sustainable Development
15 October 13:00 - 15:00
Investment Stakeholders Networking Luncheon

Description
A series of interactive presentations by private sector innovators on corporate best practice in response to global sustainability challenges.
 
 

Maison de la Paix

The Graduate Institute

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

Description
Organized in cooperation with academic partners, including the Academy of International Business (AIB), the European International Business Academy (EIBA), the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), and the Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID), the conference will take the form of a multi-disciplinary dialogue to set the research agenda for future sustainable development policies, encompassing international business strategies, investment policies and development economics. []

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.

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 - 18:00
(UNEP-FI session)


 
 

Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

Promoting Long-Term Sustainable Investment
15 October 14:30 - 17:30
Tripartite Dialogue with Sovereign Investors

Description
Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) manage estimated assets of more than $5 trillion, and sovereign and public sector funds worldwide almost triple this figure. With a long-term investment horizon, these sovereign investors have great potential to contribute to sustainable development through investment in pro-development sectors, such as infrastructure, agriculture and healthcare. Leading SWF and pension fund executives as well as investment experts explore appropriate policy measures to maximize sovereign-led investment and actions to advance the sustainable development agenda.

Elements for the debate

  1. What opportunities do sovereign investors see in underdeveloped regions and what challenges do they face in investing in sustainable development?

  2. What schemes and investment tools could contribute to improving the risk-benefit matrix of investment in developing regions?

  3. What can prospective host countries do to promote and facilitate the participation of SWFs and pension funds in investment projects for sustainable development?


 
 

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
Green Growth and Infrastructure

Description
Session 1: Attracting FDI into Infrastructure

Session 2: FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision?

Global financing requirements for infrastructure are estimated at $1 trillion per year through 2020. Adding a green vision dimension to this equation may raises this bar by another almost $300 million per year. Part of this financing will need to come from private investors. However, the involvement of private entities in infrastructure projects has never been straightforward. Governments may need to address sectoral reforms in infrastructure markets as well as building up institutional and human capacity to handle the complex nature of project finance transactions. WIF’s Investment Promotion Conference has been specifically designed with an audience of senior investment promotion officers in mind. At these two sessions heads of investment promotion agencies, investment location experts and CEOs will discuss these issues in a session co-organized with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Elements for the debate

  • What national and international innovative options are available for private and public financing for the development and maintenance of infrastructure?

  • How can governments and investment promotion agencies prioritize strategic infrastructure projects and effectively promote them for FDI?

  • What is the added complexity of green/greening infrastructure and how does it add to the cost/risk mix? What can regional banks and outward investment agencies do to play a meaningful role?


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

Description
Experts discuss how best to promote inclusive and sustainable value chains as a means to empower small enterprises. The dialogue will also explore options to formalize the informal economy and strategies to mainstream women, youth and minority interests.

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 entrepreneurs be better integrated into sustainable value chains?

 
 

Room XX

Palais des Nations

Human Rights and Investment Policy Making: Relevance and Integration
15 October 15:00 - 18:00
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 XXVII

Palais des Nations

Capital Markets and Economic Growth
15 October 15:30 - 18:30
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?

Organizing parties
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Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

Investment and Regional Integration
15 October 15:30 - 18:30
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. Leaders from regional economic groupings and banks, and analysts will exchange experiences and lessons learned in this area and explore regional synergies. Hosted in collaboration with regional organizations.

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 - 19:45
Gala Cocktail
Description
Honouring exceptional women-owned businesses, identified by UNCTAD's programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship and business development operative in 33 developing countries.
 
 

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1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Talking Business - Africa
16 October 8:30 - 10:45
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.

Description

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.

Participating countries - preliminary list:

  • Egypt

  • Lesotho

  • Nigeria

  • Zambia


Organizing Parties

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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 10:00 - 13:00
Network Event

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 pro-poor business network project was developed in response to this call and has the objective to boost pro-poor investment. Academics, social entrepreneurs, students and trainers meet to discuss the practical challenges of investing in underdeveloped regions and communities. The new UNCTAD initiative will be unveiled during the session.

Elements for the debate

  • How can the mold of conventional Masters of Business Administration be changed to advance the pro-poor investment agenda among business students.

  • What are the essential elements of a pro-poor investment curriculum?

  • What initiatives and incentives can prompt graduates to deploy their skills in the poorest countries and among the poor?


Download

Business Schools for Impact programme (pdf)
 
 

Room XIX

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
Global private finance has increasingly embraced the sustainability agenda over the past decades and has built up the clout to become a major engine for driving sustainable outcomes. A panel session, followed by world café-style discussions between investors, transnational corporations, financial institutions, multilateral agencies, foundations and public officials will be organized. It will consider the need for a framework to harmonize definitions and standards to measure impact; and develop new tools and approaches to embed goal-setting, monitoring and impact-reporting within decision-making processes of the investment value chain. Organized in partnership with UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Elements for the debate

  • What policy and regulatory frameworks as well as effective incentives can assist the development of private finance that seeks to deliver social or environmental benefits, in addition to financial returns?

  • What are the key elements of successful partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and foundations to mobilize private sustainability finance? How can each of the stakeholders in these partnerships leverage their unique characteristics and add the greatest value?

  • How can private actors include goal setting practices covering sustainability targets? How can impact be measured and reported?


Organizing parties
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Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

Creating More and Better Jobs Through Investment
16 October 10:00 - 13:00
Labour Dialogue (with ILO)

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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Palais des Nations

Room to be confirmed

Investing in Sustainable Development
16 October 10:30 - 12:30
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 XXIV

Palais des Nations

Investment in Landlocked Developing Countries
16 October 11:00 - 13:00
High-level Meeting (with UN-OHRLLS)

Description
Foreign direct investment to Land-locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) has been historically small but is on the rise with transnational corporations 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 portions of foreign investment to these countries are dominated by extractive industries. LLDC ministers, corporation executives, heads of investment promotion agencies and international investment experts will discuss strategies to increase investment in productive capacity in LLDCs.

Elements for the debate

  • What strategies for LLDC Governments to direct FDI to growth and labour-intensive sectors?

  • Can the 2013 Bali Agreement on trade facilitation help unlock greater FDI flows to LLDCs?

  • Accelerating investment flows to LLDCs: can regional integration be a game changer?


Organizing parties
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1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Talking Business - Caribbean
16 October 11:00 - 13:30
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.

Description

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

Moderator

  • Mr. Christopher McNair, Manager, Innovation & Competitiveness, Caribbean Export Development Agency


Opening Remarks

  • Ms. Pamela Coke Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export

  • Mr. Ronald Theodore, President, CAIPA


Participating countries:

  • Curacao

  • Dominican Republic

  • Grenada

  • Haiti

  • Jamaica

  • Saint Lucia

  • Trinidad and Tobago


Organizing Parties

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Palais des Nations

Room to be confirmed

Networking and Investment Promotion Initiatives
16 October 13:00 - 15:00
Description
A series of presentations and networking sessions for developing and transition economies to showcase investment opportunities in strategic sectors.
 
 

Room XXVII

Palais des Nations

Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment
16 October 13:00 - 15:00
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
Financing for 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?

 
 

3rd Floor

Palais des Nations

Closing Ceremony
16 October 18:00 - 21:00
Presentation by the Host of the Forthcoming World Investment Forum