World Investment Forum 2014


The World Investment Forum (WIF) is a high-level, biennial, multi-stakeholder gathering designed to facilitate dialogue and action on the world’s key emerging investment-related challenges.

Its mission is to provide a platform where a debate on “investment for development” can take place and ultimately to promote investment flows that contribute to sustainable and inclusive development. With its ties to UN member States, the Forum is able to bring together a broad coalition of investment stakeholders at the highest level who can influence the global investment landscape.

The past editions of the WIF brought together almost 4,000 participants from more than 140 countries across the world, including Heads of State, global CEOs, heads of international organizations and civil society.

  • The inaugural WIF, held in Accra, Ghana in 2008, focused on the future of foreign direct investment flows: where FDI will come from and which sectors and regions will be the main targets of these flows.
  • The second WIF, held in Xiamen, China in 2010, consolidated its main mission to promote investment for sustainable development and helped better understand the emerging opportunities and challenges in the context of the post-crisis investment landscape.
  • The third Forum, held in Doha, Qatar in 2012, addressed the investment challenges and opportunities arising from emerging global economic governance structures and contributed to the development of policy options and partnerships for promoting sustainable investment to foster inclusive growth.


Online programme

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UNCTAD Investment & Enterprise Division

Palais des Nations
8-14, Av. de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
E-mail: wif@unctad.org

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