Ministerial Round Table - World Investment Forum 2014
The Ministerial Round Table will discuss how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A significant
ratcheting up of investment will be required to achieve the SDGs, and the private sector will be a vital partner to
public efforts to this effect. Indeed, the role of investment to generate productive capacity will be at the heart
of efforts to meet the SDGs.
Objective: Ministers and heads of international organizations will consider appropriate policy frameworks for
sustainable investment, and propose strategies to engage private sector stakeholders to invest in the SDGs.
Elements for the debate
How can policies be deployed to engage private sector funding for the SDGs?
What factors shape private sector involvement in the sustainable and inclusive growth agenda?
Should an international governance structure frame different actors’ roles; what form should it take?
The outcome of the Round Table will be a chairs’ summary. The co-chairs of the Ministerial Round Table will
summarize the highlights of the debate on investing in the SDGs, based on and enriching UNCTAD’s Action Plan for
Investing in the SDGs. Their summary will be shared with the participating Ministers at the conclusion of the
roundtable. The Summary will then be formally forwarded to the UN General Assembly and will feed into the Conference
on Financing for Development next year in Addis Ababa, and ultimately into the Conference on the Sustainable
Development Goals in New York.
The Forum therefore serves as a platform to influence and shape the final scope of the SDGs, and by feeding into the
upcoming Multilateral Summits on Financing for Development, the thoughts and ideas generated by the MRT will feed
directly into this multilateral process and have a lasting impact during the lifetime of the Goals between 2015 and