ABOUT THE WORLD INVESTMENT FORUM
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.
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Forum. Previous editions took place in Accra (2008), Xiamen (2010), Doha
(2012), Geneva (2014) and Nairobi (2016), The Forum was set up to fill the investment institutional gap in the
international economic governance architecture. Since inception it has served as the leading forum to leverage
investment policy for sustainable development.
The Forum biennually gathers more than 4,000 investment stakeholders from 160 countries. The stakeholder
landscape encompasses high-level participants from the global investment community, including Heads of State and
Government, ministers, executives of global companies and stock exchanges, sovereign wealth fund managers,
investment treaty negotiators, heads of investment promotion agencies, international investment location experts,
heads of international organizations, parliamentarians, civil society representatives, eminent scholars, and the
THE WORLD INVESTMENT FORUM 2018
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. Investment stakeholders will gather
to brainstorm solution-oriented initiatives and build global partnerships to advance prosperity for all.
In 2018 the World Investment Forum will bring more actors to the table including philanthropists, impact fund heads
and other sustainability pioneers. More than 5,000 investment stakeholders are anticipated to converge in Geneva
for the event.