UNCTAD’s Global Investment Promotion Conference: Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December 2020

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The Global Investment Promotion Conference aims to discuss the shape of the investment promotion and facilitation landscape beyond the pandemic with global leaders in a satellite event of UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum.

For this event, UNCTAD in partnership with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), is bringing together state leaders, ministers, CEOs of leading global companies, and executives of investment promotion agencies and special economic zones.

Monday, 7 December, 14h00 CET

Summit Session on Strategic Reorientation in Investment Promotion During and Beyond the Pandemic

United Nations Investment Promotion Awards 2020
  • Recognizing Excellence in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Special Recognition for Mainstreaming Gender in Investment Promotion

Tuesday, 8 December, 14h00 CET

Executive Dialogue on Investment Facilitation and Advocacy

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The UNCTAD World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development. The Forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. It facilitates multi-stakeholder collective action to stimulate investment in development. The Forum offers a unique opportunity to influence investment-related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and to network with global leaders in business and politics.

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


2020 has been marked by the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) with a profound negative impact on global foreign direct investment (FDI) and global financial markets. The Forum, which will take place at the end of the year, will provide an opportunity for the investment community to take stock of its impact on investment trends as well as experiences and lessons learnt.

Organized under the overall theme Investing in Sustainable Development, the Forum will address global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalization and industrialization. Investor stakeholders will gather to explore ways and means to further leverage investment for growth and sustainable development.

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