WIF 2014 Programme

WIF 2014 took place in the United Nations Geneva Headquarters, Palais des Nations. It attracted over 3,000 investment stakeholders from 150 countries who participated in 50 events, making it the biggest forum yet, and confirming the need for a global platform of this kind.

The focus in 2014 was on investing in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and included sessions such as Investing in the Future, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Global Dialogue, Making Value Chains Work for the Poor, Leveraging Private Finance for Sustainable Development, and many more. Additionally, a wide range of side events were hosted in parallel by an array of organizations from various sectors, including Nestle, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), Symbiotics, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an array of UN agencies, and many more.

WIF 2014 Events

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Monday, 13 October 2014

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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 took 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 were 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.
 
 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

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

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, offered 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 discussed 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?


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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 introduced three investment models for the pharmaceutical industry: state-owned, public-private, and privately-owned enterprises. It examined the respective strengths and weaknesses of these investment options for meeting public health objectives, such as access to medicines. 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?


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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 aimed at countries that either have an iGuide or are interested in having one developed. The meeting explained 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 convened 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).

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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 reviewed research on experiences with, and the impact of, transnational corporations (TNCs) on gender, and considered 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.

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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)
 
 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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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 deliberated 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).
 
 

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 centred 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 included international business, international economics, investment law and development, though the intention was to widen the scope of disciplines further, as relevant.

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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.

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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.


 
 

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 examined 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 discussed 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 was expected to formulate strategies on how to better use trade and investment synergies for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

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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 allowed 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?


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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 provided 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 reviewed how to facilitate transition from informal to formal businesses and considered different business sectors perspectives, including the integration of target groups such as women and youth.

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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).

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

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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 showcased investment opportunities in their countries. The session provided 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 took 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 outlined four different paths of action countries are pursuing in this regard. The WIF IIA Conference joined IIA negotiators and other investment-development stakeholders to consider different areas for and steps towards reform.

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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 brought 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 was unveiled during the event and an interactive session provided participants with the opportunity to engage and become a contributor.

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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 gathered 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.

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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 helped build on existing good practices and synergies and provided more clarity on specific tools and approaches to address some of the following key questions.

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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 analyzed current developments and trends in investment flows and explored what needs to be done to increase the flow and impact of FDI to sustainable development in LLDCs.

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?


 
 

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 showcased investment opportunities in their countries. The session provided 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 featured brief country presentations.

Participating countries:

  • The Bahamas

  • Curacao

  • Dominican Republic

  • Grenada

  • Haiti

  • Jamaica

  • Saint Lucia

  • Trinidad and Tobago


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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 explored 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 also considered 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 explored how government policies and corporate policies can be harnessed more effectively to boost employment opportunities and strengthen respect for workers’ fundamental rights.

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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 presented 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.

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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 considered appropriate policy frameworks for sustainable investment, and proposed strategies to engage private sector stakeholders to finance the SDGs.
 
 

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
 
 

2014 Side Events

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Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

ISAR Workshop on Future Directions of the Corporate Reporting Model
13 October 10:00 - 18:00
This workshop brought together leading international experts on accounting and reporting, key policy makers, regulators, standard-setters and multiple other stakeholders  to share perspectives on recent developments in corporate reporting models with a view to promote a more cohesive approach to corporate financial and non-financial reporting, and facilitate its impact on sustainable development.The panel discussed current challenges in corporate reporting and ways to address these in order to provide fair and useful information on enterprise economic activities, as well as activities on corporate social responsibility, environment protection, corporate governance, and impact on sustainable development. The workshop also discussed existing corporate reporting models, their advantages, challenges, best practice and lessons learned in the process of implementation. The workshop discussed major international developments in the area of financial reporting, integrated reporting, sustainability reporting, corporate social responsibility and environment reporting, corporate governance disclosure, and their contribution to the ongoing debate on business reporting models and evolving best practice. The panel also debated a way forward with regard to corporate reporting models with a view to facilitate the impact of accounting and reporting on sustainable development.
 
 

Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Geneva Cleantech Cluster: Lessons Learned
13 October 16:00 - 18:00
(led by Geneva Economic Development Office)

Description


Geneva is set on becoming a centre of excellence for clean technology by 2020, building on the input of established foreign investors such as Dupont, ABB, SunPower Systems; public commitment and institutional support for start-ups; specialized finance institutions; world-class technical research and development and training centers, such as the University Geneva and CERN. This investment promotion agencies' (IPAs) best practice workshop, led by the Geneva Economic Development Office, featured the region's foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy and challenges ahead, as well as company CEOs sharing their rationale for investment and growth in this cluster.

The 2-hour workshop for senior investment promotion officers from national agencies worldwide consisted of 5 presentations focused on the government strategic vision for clean-tech development and FDI attraction as well as stakeholders (private sector, research centers and banking) experiences and lessons learnt, followed by an interactive discussion.

Elements for the debate



  • What are the foundations/requirements for setting up a cleantech initiative?

  • How can local authorities enhance the investment environment for cleantech companies?

  • What is the role of investment promotion or economic development agencies in this process?

  • How important are international investors for the development of clean technologies­? How do you evaluate cleantech?

  • Why are companies with green technologies attracted to Geneva? How do you commercialize green products and how can local and international partners help in this process?


Presenters



  • Mr. Laurent Horvath, Manager, OPI Cleantech Geneva

  • Mr. Daniel Chambaz, Director General for Environment, Republic and Canton of Geneva

  • Dr. François Gilardoni, Senior Advisor, FONGIT

  • Mr. Paulo Gazani Jr, Co-Founder & President, VIS Essential Investment

  • Mr. Jean-Luc Favre, Director, ABB Geneva


Moderator



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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

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Investment Village Stage, 1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
14 October 9:00 - 9:45
(by NAFIN and SENER)

Description


Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), Mexico’s largest development bank, has fostered and supported green projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency even before the country's recently approved energy reforms. For example, from 2003 to 2008, NAFIN, together with other federal government institutions, implemented the “Energy Saving Financing Programme” which benefited 700,000 users, generated savings of 143 MW and 2,131 GW/Hrs, and created 1,950 direct and 9,325 indirect jobs. In February 2009, the Mexican institutions, NAFIN and the Ministry of Energy (SENER), started to operate the “Efficient Lighting and Appliances Replacement Programme” through a Mexican executing agency, FIDE (Trust Fund for the Electric Power Saving). For this energy efficiency programme, NAFIN and SENER are the borrowers, whilst the German Development Bank (KfW) and the World Bank the lenders of the Clean Technology Fund and the Global Environmental Facility. Juan Pablo Newman will delve into the programme’s details and results.
 
 

Delegates Restaurant (8th Floor)

Palais des Nations

Sustainable Stock Exchanges VIP Luncheon
14 October 12:45 - 14:45
(with CDSB - by invitation only)
Description

The SSE secretariat held an invitation-only, informal VIP networking luncheon from 12:45 to 14:45 on 14 October sponsored by the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). It was an opportunity for approximately 80 speakers and other SSE supporters to network and exchange ideas in a relaxed setting.
 
 

Investment Village Stage, 1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
14 October 13:00 - 15:00
Presentation by Nestlé
Description

For a company to be successful in the long term and create value for shareholders, it must also create value for society. Nestlé calls this Creating Shared Value; and it is an approach adopted by the business as a whole. The concept aims to create superior, long-term value for shareholders by offering products and services that improve nutrition, health and wellness. Through the network of research centres and specialised business units it is also ensured that we invest in the future health and wellness of consumers. Good nutrition will play an ever more important role in the health and wellness of individuals and society. The firm's Creating Shared Value programme also encompasses water and rural development. Water scarcity is a serious issue in many parts of the world and water is crucial for food security. On the rural front the wellbeing of farmers, rural communities, small entrepreneurs and suppliers is intrinsic to the long-term success of Nestlé's business.
 
 

Room IV

Palais des Nations

Investment Promotion Agencies Nordic Forum
14 October 13:00 - 17:00
Part I (by invitation only)
 
 

International Convention Centre Geneva

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Corporate Investment in Sustainable Development
14 October 16:00 - 18:00
Tripartite Dialogue (with the IPU)
As part of the 131st IPU Assembly and the 2014 World Investment Forum, this session gathered parliamentarians from around the world in a multi-stakeholder dialogue with business executives, ministers and heads of international organizations to discuss ways in which legislators can work with the private sector to help channel investment into SDG sectors and ensure development impact.  Lawmakers have a powerful role to help instill sustainable development objectives in regulatory frameworks.
 
 

Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Towards an Impact Investment Fund for Land Degradation Neutrality
14 October 16:00 - 18:00
Panel discussion (led by the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD)
Description
The potential market size for the impact investment space has been estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Impact funds, sometimes called "social bonds", are making waves in both the public and private sector as frameworks for harnessing the market potential of impact investors. The Impact Investment Fund for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN Fund) is being created to provide a structured portfolio through which private and public sector actors can engage in investments in projects that maintain or improve the condition of soils and land resources, and thus contribute to achieving land degradation neutrality.

Elements for debate:

  • Criteria for Success: Why is it time for a fund specifically addressing land degradation? How should the eligibility of products or projects be determined?

  • Measuring "triple bottom line" returns: How to appropriately value social, environmental, and economic dimension of returns (and why investors care)?

  • Engaging the private Sector: What are the business incentives for investing?

  •  Mitigating land-based risk: Many sectors that rely on the services provided by land, are traditionally seen as a high risk (even volatile) investment categories. What are some risk mitigation strategies that can be considered for this kind of fund?

 
 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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Room IV

Palais des Nations

Investment Promotion Agencies Nordic Forum
15 October 9:00 - 12:00
Part II (by invitation only)
 
 

Room XI

Palais des Nations

UNEP Finance Initiative AGM
15 October 9:00 - 13:00
(members only)
 
 

Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
15 October 12:30 - 14:00
Presentation by McKinsey: Developing Impact Investing as a Major Asset Class
Description

Impact investing can help tackle today's most pressing challenges and offers a range of attractive opportunities for financial institutions. With the market at the tipping point to develop into a major asset class, there are still significant challenges that need to be overcome. We identify levers that engage both public and private sector players to overcome these challenges and to unlock the full potential of impact investing.
 
 

Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
15 October 13:00 - 14:30
by Millennium Institute
The Millennium Institute: multi-stakeholder planning, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable development policies

The Millennium Institute (MI) will present its multistakeholder approach to policy planning, as well as its system dynamics model (Threshold 21), used to play out different scenarios to inform sustainable development targets and policies, including for the upcoming SDGs. The T21 models has unique features, which makes it a very easy to learn and use tool by locally trained users, in government, civil society, development partners and private sector. The model links in a dynamic and holistic manner the three dimensions of sustainable development (environment, society and economy), bringing together the different branches of government, or any entity using the model, to create synergies across and within the branches and avoiding negative feedbacks. MI emphasizes the empowerment and ownership of the approach and tools by the users, in the spirit of the 2000 Paris Declaration.

Together with its partner, the Biovision Foundation, MI has engaged in a new program, “Changing Course in Global Agriculture” (CCGA), as a follow-up of the IAASTD recommendation to have a national assessment of the agriculture and food system, to define new policies that will lead to sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security as also reiterated in the Rio+20 Declaration. In this context, experiences from its country-level pilot projects will be presented.
 
 

Investment Village Stage, 1st Floor

Palais des Nations

Solutions for Sustainable Development
15 October 13:00 - 15:00
by Symbiotics
 
 

Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

UNCITRAL Transparency Rules and Convention on Transparency
15 October 13:00 - 15:00
Led by UNCITRAL, CIEL and IISD

Lack of transparency and participation are among the key concerns associated with the current regime of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS).  UNCITRAL recently undertook work on two important new international instruments, which have the potential to foster transparency in ISDS: "the Rules" on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Arbitration (adopted in 2013), and "the draft convention" on transparency in treaty-based investor-State arbitration (to be presented for adoption by UN the General Assembly by the end of the year). This side event will assist governments, the arbitration community, civil society and the private sector to learn about these instruments, share views and experiences and prepare the forthcoming debate about the Rules’ application and the convention’s ratification.

 
 

Room XXVII

Palais des Nations

Global Compact LEAD: Realizing Long-Term Value for Companies and Investors
15 October 14:00 - 18:00
(by invitation only)
A meeting of Global Compact LEAD companies and other relevant stakeholders to share strategies to communicate the financial value of sustainability and combat the negative impacts of investor short-termism.

LEAD participants will share the challenges, successes and initial outcomes from their efforts in this area and seek feedback from peers and experts to help move forward.

This meeting also marked the first opportunity for LEAD companies to provide input to the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.
 
 

Room XIX

Palais des Nations

OilGasMines Special Event (Part I)
15 October 14:30 - 18:00
Investment opportunities in Africa's oil and gas industry
OilGasEvent

 

 

Description

Investment in petroleum projects has been fostered in many low income countries. This investment creates opportunities for local enterprises to be involved in the variety of services needed at different stages of the project, from exploration to production up to the end user. Part 1 of the Africa Oil Gas and Mines side event will raise awareness of investment opportunities in the oil & gas services sector and highlight value added partnerships with host countries through case studies.

Participation

This special event will bring together ministers and other high-level representatives of governments, senior executives and experts from the oil and gas industry, civil society and the press. Member States of UNCTAD are requested to help disseminate the information about this special event to the main stakeholders in their countries, thus facilitating their participation. Participants in this high-level multi-stakeholder meeting will attend in their personal capacities.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to take part in the meeting, as well as non-governmental organizations in the general and special categories wishing to attend as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by 1 October 2014.

Elements for the debate

  • What opportunities exist in oil and gas field services to mitigate environmental impacts arising from exploration and production?

  • What partnerships can be formed with host countries in the execution of oil and gas projects?

  • How can Africa's gas production be integrated into the globalising gas market?


Language(s)

English; French; Spanish; Chinese; Russian; Arabic;

Quick link:

Meeting details
 
 

Room IV

Palais des Nations

Implications of International Investment Agreements
15 October 16:00 - 18:00
(led by the TWN, OWINFS and Public Citizen)
Description

The number of disputes brought by investors under international investment agreements (IIAs) has been steadily increasing. This event looked at the implications of these disputes for sustainable development, and discussed actual case studies in particular areas. Organised by Third World Network (TWN), Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS), and Public Citizen.


Elements for the debate

  • What has been learnt from IIA disputes, in particular effects on sustainable development?

  • What have been the implications of IIA disputes for financial stability?

  • What has been the impact of IIA disputes on the environment?

  • What has been the impact of IIA disputes on decent work, health, and safety?

 
 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Room IV

Palais des Nations

Principles for Responsible Insurance Market Event
16 October 9:00 - 17:00
An international conversation on the insurance industry and sustainable development (by invitation only)
Description

Launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and developed by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance serve as a global framework for the insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General, the Principles have led to the largest collaborative initiative between the UN and the insurance industry—the PSI Initiative. To date, 70 organisations have adopted the Principles, including insurers representing approximately 15% of world premium volume and USD 8 trillion in assets under management.

A PSI market event features examples of how insurers are implementing the Principles and ongoing collaborative activities of the PSI Initiative, shares good sustainable insurance practices, discusses emerging themes and new ideas, and promotes work by other organisations that are in line with the aims of the Principles.

The PSI Geneva market event included a consultation with the insurance industry and its stakeholders to understand the links between insurance regulation and sustainable development, as part of a global consultation by the PSI Initiative and UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.

Elements for the debate

  • What is the role of natural ecosystems in disaster risk reduction and how can this be embedded in core insurance operations and relevant public policies?

  • Amid rapid environmental change, how can insurers better tackle health and environmental risks?

  • How are insurance underwriters managing environmental, social and governance issues in engineering insurance, particularly for large-scale infrastructure projects?

  • What is the state of the green bonds market and why is this an attractive asset class for insurance company investments?

  • How could insurance industry policy and regulation better support sustainable development?

 
 

Room XIX

Palais des Nations

OilGasMines Special Event (Part II)
16 October 10:00 - 13:00
Maximizing benefits of investments: policy dialogue
OilGasEvent

 

 

Description

Part 2 of the Africa Oil Gas and Mines side event will focus on policy options suitable to increasing benefits of investments in Oil and Gas Field Services to recipient countries and contributing to national sustainable development strategies. The views and experiences by consultants to the oil and gas industry, a legal expert in structuring agreements with foreign service providers and a major oil company will be discussed.

Elements for the debate

  • What policy options are suitable to increasing benefits of investments in Oil and Gas Field Services to recipient countries and contributing to local job creation?

  • What contractual arrangements/negotiations can help to boost local involvement in the sector - best practices.

  • What can be done to develop standards of local oil and gas field services companies in order to compete globally?

  • How can countries gain access to new technology and improve efficiency in their operations?

  • Local oil and gas service entrepreneurs often lack access to affordable finance. How can local entrepreneurs overcome the obstacle of access to finance? What innovative financing mechanisms are available to local entrepreneurs?


Quick link

Meeting details

Contact:
Special Unit on Commodities - UNCTAD
Tel.:  +41 22 917 1648/6286
commodities@unctad.org
 
 

Room XXVII

Palais des Nations

Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?
16 October 11:45 - 13:00
(with UNEP-FI)
Description

This session, organised by UNEP FI through its Banking Commission, presented the findings of a research report on the Basel Capital Accord (‘Basel III’) and its treatment of environmental risks in the context of its overriding objective of banking stability.

The role of the financial system in the economy and broader society is to provide the necessary financing and liquidity for human and economic activity to thrive – not only today but also tomorrow. In other words, its role is to fund a stable and sustainable economy. The role of financial regulators is to ensure that excessive risks that would threaten the stability of the financial system – and hence imperil the stability and sustainability of the economy – are not taken.

In the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis, an extensive reform of banking regulation was initiated to “generate strong, sustainable and balanced global growth”.

Elements for the debate:

  • Are there linkages between environmental risks and banking sector stability - are environmental risks material?

  • Do the Basel Accords duly consider environmental risks?

  • What is the current state of practice in banking supervision in this field?

  • What further might be done to allay environmental risks within the mandate and framework of the Accords?

 
 

Room XXIII

Palais des Nations

Policy Uncertainty Impedes Investment
16 October 13:00 - 15:00
(led by CUTS International and the Institute of Economic Affairs, Kenya)
Evidence points to inverse relationship between policy uncertainty and the level of investment. While political and regional milieu play their part, policy and regulatory prescriptions at domestic and international levels substantially influence uncertainty, thus impacting investment.

There is a need for country specific interventions with the objective to assist select low and middle income countries, specifically in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, to adopt and implement measures to reduce investment related policy uncertainty at domestic, bilateral and multilateral levels.

The event involved a presentation on the subject followed by a panel discussion amongst international experts on the causes, impacts and possible measures to reduce policy and regulatory uncertainty to promote investment. The objective was to develop an action plan and a roadmap to work towards reducing uncertainty and reviving investments.

Presenter: Udai S. Mehta, Director, CUTS International
 
 

Room XXIV

Palais des Nations

Advancing Natural Capital in Finance
16 October 14:00 - 15:30
(by invitation only)
Description

The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) is a global finance-led initiative to integrate natural capital considerations into financial products and services, and to work towards their inclusion in in financial accounting, disclosure and reporting. Signatories to the Declaration work towards this goal through a number of innovative pilot projects in four distinct but linked working groups.

The Natural Capital Declaration was launched at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012. It has been signed by the CEOs of more than 40 financial institutions, and demonstrates their commitment to the integration of natural capital considerations into private sector reporting, accounting and decision-making by 2020.
 
 

Room XXVI

Palais des Nations

In the Driver’s Seat - Emerging Markets & Sustainable Finance
16 October 14:00 - 15:30
(by invitation only)
Description

The session “In the Driver’s Seat - Emerging Markets and Sustainable Finance” provided a close-up on country-owned initiatives in emerging markets that continuously seek to integrate sustainability issues directly into their financial institutions’ operations. Such country initiatives include Brazil’s recent Central Bank Regulation 4.237, Nigeria's ‘Sustainable Banking Principles’, Colombia’s ‘Green Protocol’, and, soon, Turkey’s ‘Sustainability Guidelines for the Banking Sector’. The session offered a space for each participating country to present their experience and journey in sustainable finance, and to illustrate how that helped reposition their status regionally and internationally concerning environmental and social concerns.
 
 

Room XI

Palais des Nations

Business Schools for Impact, Experts Meeting
16 October 15:00 - 17:00
(by invitation only)
Description

UNCTAD launched on the occasion of the World Investment Forum a new project, in collaboration with GBSN, CEMS and top academic partners, to enhance the impact business schools can have on sustainable development objectives in line with the post-2015 development agenda. Business Schools for Impact will create a network of business schools worldwide to develop and share teaching materials, experience and ideas to boost Base of the Pyramid business solutions. The project supports the teaching of inclusive business skills in the areas of investment and entrepreneurship, and strives to increase the relevance of core curricula for developing country business schools. This Experts Meeting defined and brainstormed priorities for content development and defined the areas where current and new contributors can support the initiative.
 
 

Room XXV

Palais des Nations

Empretec Directors Meeting
16 October 15:00 - 18:00
(by invitation only)