World Investment Forum — harnessing public-private dialogue to galvanize investment in the Development Goals
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has long championed the role of global investment in advancing development objectives. This focus resonates strongly with the international community's ambitious set of sustainability targets — the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — which is the mainstay of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
UNCTAD estimates the annual investment requirements to meet the SDGs at
$3.9 trillion
in developing countries alone. Current levels of investment are well below this level, leaving a shortfall of some $2.5 trillion — an amount that far outstrips the combined force of public investment, aid and remittances. The scope of this investment gap signals a vital role for the private sector to advance the SDGs.
Seeking to engage the private sector for this purpose, UNCTAD will hold the fifth
World Investment Forum
in Nairobi, Kenya from 18-21 July 2016. This high-level event will gather Heads of State, global CEOs, thought leaders and other top investment-development stakeholders to frame tangible private sector solutions to advance the Goals.
Policy Solutions, innovative resource mobilization and constructive partnerships will be critical to restore confidence and catalyze investment to meet pressing global challenges. The Forum will seek to foster collaborative action to unlock investment flows in high-priority SDG sectors in support of the world's most vulnerable.
Through a rich programme of high-profile events, the Forum will also provide unparallelled networking opportunities, as well as a meeting place to shape investment-oriented development solutions, exchange ideas, forge partnerships and launch actions to meet the SDGs.
This year the Forum takes place in conjunction with the quadrennial UNCTAD Ministerial Meeting, which convenes State leaders of the UN 193 member countries to determine the organization's mandate.
Venue:
Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi Kenya
Date:
18-21 July 2016
Contact:
wif@unctad.org
For more information:
unctad-worldinvestmentforum.org
Attendance is free upon
registration
.
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