Save the Date for the World Investment Forum: 16-20 October 2023 in Abu Dhabi

19 Dec 2022

Save the date for the UNCTAD World Investment Forum. The UNCTAD World Investment Forum will take place from 16 to 20 October 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. As ever, the World Investment Forum (WIF) will be jam-packed with insightful events, impactful initiatives, and innovative solutions to global investment-for-development challenges.

Registration will open in spring 2023. The event will be free but registration is required.

The forum will aim to address key investment challenges caused by today’s multiple global crises, including the need to invest in food security, energy, health, supply chain resilience and productive capacity growth in the poorest countries – all under the established WIF theme of Investing in Sustainable Development.

In addition, the 2023 edition, which will take place immediately ahead of global talks on climate change at COP28 in the same location, will include a focused track on promoting climate finance and investment. The forum will provide policymakers and other stakeholders with the opportunity to find solutions and reach consensus on climate finance and investment priorities over the course of five days, with outcomes feeding into the COP negotiations.

Since the first WIF, in 2008, the forum has become the largest global platform for high-level dialogue and action on investment for development. It has grown in time to encompass more than 100 events on topics spanning the full sustainable investment value chain, from green finance in capital markets to on-the-ground investment facilitation.

The forum offers you the chance to:

  • Meet with the global investment community and network with high-level participants
  • Deepen your understanding of the global investment and investment policy landscape
  • Learn about the latest methods and tools for investment promotion and facilitation
  • Participate in debates on sustainable finance and investment rules, governance, and standards
  • Help shape the future of sustainable finance and investment
  • Contribute to the development of climate finance and investment solutions

The forum biennially attracts more than 6,000 people, including heads of state and government, ministers, executives of global companies and stock exchanges, sovereign wealth fund and pension fund managers, family businesses, entrepreneurs, investment treaty negotiators, heads of investment promotion agencies and special economic zones, international investment location experts, heads of international organizations, parliamentarians, civil society representatives, thought leaders, and many others, as well as the international media.

With the stakes for our planet, communities and economy ever higher, with UNCTAD’s latest forecast for global investment looking weak, and with progress on climate finance and investment becoming ever more urgent, the World Investment Forum 2023 is a real chance to make a difference.

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