Dear member of UNCTAD's World Investment Network (WIN):

On 20-22 April 2012, UNCTAD will organize its third biennial World 
Investment Forum (WIF 2012) in conjunction with UNCTAD’s XIII Ministerial 
Conference (UNCTAD XIII, 21-26 April 2012) in Doha, Qatar. 

UNCTAD's WIF is the most important event of the international investment 
community and its stakeholders. It provides an opportunity and unique 
platform to interact with global leaders, senior policy-makers, corporate 
executives, investors and heads of investment promotion agencies from 
countries around the world. WIF 2010 attracted over 1,800 participants 
from 120 countries, including Heads of States, ministers, global CEO's, 
heads of international organisations and eminent leading international 
investment experts (the report on WIF 2010, can be downloaded from here
).It is expected that the WIF 2012 will attract an even higher level and 
larger scale of participation. 

WIF 2012 will focus on the role of investment in the new development 
paradigm, of reinvigorated industrial policies, increased South-South 
cooperation and inclusive and low-carbon growth models . It will address 
investment-related challenges and opportunities arising from emerging 
global economic governance structures, and contribute to developing 
partnerships and policy options for promoting sustainable investment. 

Major WIF 2012 events include:
I. The World Leaders Investment Summit, which will deliberate on the role 
of international investment in the post-crisis era (21 April 2012).
II. Ministerial Roundtable, which will consider the interaction between 
investment policy, enterprise development policies and industrial policies 
(22 April 2012). 
III. High-level Tripartite Conference, which will look into attracting and 
benefiting from FDI and non-equity forms of foreign investment (22 April 
IV. The 2012 International Investment Agreements Conference, which will 
focus on the future of the international investment regime (22 April 
V. The 10th session of the Investment Advisory Council (IAC), which will 
concentrate on pro-poor “impact” investment (21 April 2012).
VI. The meeting on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting 
(ISAR), which will consider corporate transparency and accounting from the 
perspective of investment promotion and economic development (22 April 

WIF 2012 will also offer ample opportunity for large and small investors, 
policy-makers, negotiators, counsels, lawyers, civil society, academia, 
stock exchange regulators, media – to intermingle, network and connect 
with each other. Related features are:

WIF Opening Gala Dinner: world class cuisine with a menu of discussion 
points that offer "food for thought" (20 April 2012).
WIF Networking Lunch: making investment work for sustainable development 
(21 April 2012).
The Business encounter series: B2B, B2G, B2S.
UNCTAD's Investment Promotion Awards: on best practices in promoting 
responsible investment in the poor (20 April 2012).
UNCTAD's Women in Business Awards: celebrates the leadership of women 
entrepreneurs that benefited from the business development services of the 
Empretec centres and that have stood out in developing innovative products 
and services (23 April 2012).

We look forward to welcoming you in Doha, Qatar, for WIF2012.

Save the date 20-22 April 2012, Doha, Qatar. 
To (pre)-register please send your expression of interest and contact 
details to [log in to unmask]

James X. Zhan
Team leader, World Investment Report &
Director, Investment & Enterprise Division
United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Tel: +41 22 9175797