The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
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Oct 22

World Investment Forum 2018

World Investment Forum 2018

Event Overview

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.

In 2018 the World Investment Forum brings 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. 

CTA sponsors four start-ups - three of them are Pitch AgriHack 2018 winners, one is a former participant - in order to network, connect and interact with potential investors so as to create partnerships and business opportunities.  

Geneva, Switzerland



    UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively. And we help equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration. To do this, we provide analysis, consensus-building, and technical assistance. This helps them to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development. Working at the national, regional, and global level, UNCTAD efforts help countries to: Diversify economies to make them less dependent on commodities Limit their exposure to financial volatility and debt Attract investment and make it more development friendly Increase access to digital technologies Promote entrepreneurship and innovation Help local firms move up value chains Speed up the flow of goods across borders Protect consumers from abuse Curb regulations that stifle competition Adapt to climate change and use natural resources more effectively Together with other UN departments and agencies, we measure progress by the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in Agenda 2030. UNCTAD also support implementation of Financing for Development, as mandated by the global community in the 2015 Addis Ababa Agenda, together with four other major institutional stakeholders: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Development Programme.