Events

Our Events page provides you with a round-up of events related to international economic development, trade and business development from various entities. This information does not constitute an endorsement on the part of the United Nations which assumes no responsibility or liability for the themes, opinions, or accuracy of these proceedings. 

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IDB

IDB Lab Forum

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

The IDB Group (IDB, IDB Invest and IDB Lab) flagship event on entrepreneurial innovation and technology for development. It will focus on financing innovation and the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems to drive solutions with greater impact at scale in Latin American and the Caribbean. It will address trends and use cases of technologies such as web 3.0 and responsible AI to boost inclusion, climate action, and productivity.For more information please visit: www.idblabforum.org.

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Sustainability Week Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa

Sustainability Week Africa is a business and investment event focused on how companies can help the continent become sustainable faster while avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. In 2024 Economist Impact brings its successful series of sustainability events to Africa to help it set the climate agenda. With a focus on business, the two-day conference will convene pan-African and global leaders to focus on action - https://events.economist.com/sustainability-week-africa/

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ESG

2024 ESG Global Leaders Conference

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Shanghai, China

The ESG Global Leaders Conference, in its third year, gathers global leaders and decision-makers to advance sustainable development. Distinguished figures like David Malpass and Kristalina Georgieva, along with Nobel Laureates and industry leaders, have participated. This year, expect keynote speech, dynamic exhibitions, side meetings, and roundtable forums. Connect with ESG leaders, drive sustainability goals, and position your leadership prominently. It's a hub for matchmaking, fostering stakeholder connections and supply chain communication for unparalleled success.

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wfeo

Global Engineering Conference

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Kigali, Rwanda

The Institution of Engineers Rwanda (IER), together with WFEO, the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), UNESCO and the Federation Of African Engineering Organisations will host the Global Engineering Conference (GECO) and the WFEO Executive Council Meetings from 15 to 18 October 2024, at the Kigali Convention Centre, in Rwanda. https://www.wfeo.org/events/global-engineering-conference-geco/

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EI

4th annual Global Trade and Supply Chain Summit

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In its fourth year, Economist Impact’s Global Trade and Supply Chain Summit will bring together business leaders and policymakers to discuss the implications of trade policy and practical business logistics. It will convene thought leaders from the entire trade and supply-chain ecosystem and high-level government representatives. Topics will include supply chain diversification from China, handling sustainability, product traceability, managing data in digital trade, supply chain resilience and trade in emerging regions, among others.

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AFSIC

AFRICA'S INVESTMENT EVENT 7th - 9th OCTOBER 2024 | LONDON

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London, United Kingdom

AFSIC – Investing in Africa continues to drive investment into Africa, building a strong economic, sustainable and innovative future. Want to keep updated on investment and business opportunities? Don’t forget to sign up (FREE) as a member of our Africa Business Community, and get full access to our multi award winning Africa Business Opportunities Dashboard.

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Global Compact

Private Sector Forum

New York City, United States

Since 2008, the annual UN Private Sector Forum (PSF) has gathered global leaders at the United Nations during UN General Assembly week to address major global issues such as climate change, sustainable development and human rights.

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Klac

Korea-LAC Trade & Innovation Forum

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Korea-LAC Trade & Innovation Forum is scheduled for July 25-26 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This marks the 8th edition of the Korea-LAC series, a collaboration that began in 2007 between the IDB Group and the Government of Korea, signifying a notable occasion as the forum returns to the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region for its second installment.

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African Business

Africa Business Summit

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Nairobi, Kenya

The Africa CEO Summit is the premium event for investors, CEOs/Managing Directors, C-Suite business leaders and executives, successful entrepreneurs, government and NGO officials and experts from Africa and globally to define the future of leadership and sustainability in Africa. The Summit will cover the following key agenda items across the value chain, and which are key issues for businesses, governments and other stakeholders in Africa

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Doing Business with UN June 6 NYC

Doing Business with the United Nations

New York City, United States

The U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Mission to the UN invite American companies to participate in “Doing Business with the United Nations 2024” on June 6, 2024 in New York City. This all-day, in-person seminar will help U.S. companies get started in a $30 billion market. Speakers include Procurement Officials from multiple UN agencies, including UNPD, UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP and UNOPS. Each agency will share their objectives, review procurement processes, and discuss upcoming acquisition plans.

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AfDB

Business Opportunities Seminar

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Nairobi, Kenya

The African Development Bank Group will hold an in-person Business Opportunities Seminar (BOS), on the sidelines of its annual meetings on 28-29 May 2024. The seminar will offer individual consultants and consulting firms, civil contractors, manufacturers, private companies, investors, suppliers, and diplomatic commercial attachés, in the Bank Group's member countries, an opportunity to learn about providing goods and services, and partnership prospects.

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Korea

Accelerating Sustainable Development through Sustainable Public Procurement

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Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) forum is an opportunity for peer learning and experience sharing among public procurement agencies of participating counties in public procurement. The 2024 forum focuses on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) and discusses how public procurement can be leveraged to achieve countries’ sustainability goals and accelerate sustainable development. The theme recognizes that EAP countries are critical to global efforts to combat climate change.

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CCA

U.S. Africa Business Summit

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Dallas, Texas, United States

The U.S.-Africa Business Summit is a prestigious gathering that brings together U.S. and African senior government officials, private sector executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and multilateral stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic. Next year's event promises to be the most dynamic and engaging yet, offering unparalleled opportunities for networking, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing.

The Corporate Council on Africa welcomes businesses, government agencies, and others to the 2024 U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Dallas, Texas. It's going to be an event to remember.

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Economist

Business Innovation Summit

London, United Kingdom

 

This event tackles the pressures affecting leaders at global companies. It will highlight organizations which are innovating and daring to be different and give attendees the confidence to navigate the challenges to come. At the Business Innovation Summit 2023, over 60 influential speakers will share how they are building back smarter after inflation to survive and thrive through the cost of living crisis. Join us and be inspired to do business better

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FT

Asia Green Tech Summit

Singapore City, Singapore

How can Asia mobilise the necessary resources and green technologies to compete in the race to net-zero emissions? The 2nd edition of the Asia Green Tech Summit, co-hosted by Nikkei and the Financial Times, will once again bring together leading policymakers, financial institutions, climate tech and industry leaders for thought-provoking keynotes and debates to provide critical insights about how climate tech will enable the decarbonisation of Asia - https://asiagreentech.live.ft.com/page/3222151/register-now

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GTR

Global Trade Review, Africa 2024

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Cape Town, South Africa

Global Trade Review (GTR) is excited to announce that GTR Africa will return to Cape Town, South Africa on March 7-8, 2024, marking 18 years in the region. Having welcomed 525 market leaders in 2023, the next edition will once again deliver a highly anticipated opportunity to connect with the key players and companies across Africa’s trade, supply chain, commodity and infrastructure finance community.

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Energy

Africa Energy Indaba

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Cape Town, South Africa

Energy Indaba is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. Delegates, drawn from all continents, represent an unrivalled combination of industry experts, project developers, financiers, energy users, government officials and manufacturers.

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GTR

GTR Mena 2024

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GTR MENA will return to Dubai on February 20-21, 2024, marking 21 years in the region! Having welcomed over 900 market leaders in 2023, the next edition will once again deliver a highly anticipated opportunity to connect with key players and access to a full spectrum of companies involved in trade and exports in this region.

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Private Sector Forum at CoSP10

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Atlanta, United States

From 11 to 12 December 2023, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact) are co-hosting the Private Sector Forum on the margins of the tenth session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Atlanta, United States of America.

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GTR New York

GTR US 2023

New York City, United States

GTRUS is back to NYC on 30 Nov. As a supporting partner, we have secured a limited number of complimentary corporate passes or a 10% discount. If interested, contact GTR via our partner registration request form: www.gtreview.com/gtr-us-partner-registration-request, select United Nations in response to "Which event partner invited you?".

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IATF

Connecting African Markets

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Cairo, Egypt

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the
AfCFTA Secretariat, brings you the 3rd Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2023) to be hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt in Cairo. IATF2023 will provide a unique and valuable platform for businesses to access an integrated African market of over 1.3 billion people with a GDP of over US$3.5 trillion created under the African Continental Free Trade Area.

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Korea-LAC Forum

Korea-LAC Innovation & Trade Forum

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Mexico City, Mexico

Korea-LAC Innovation and Trade Forum will take place on October 18 & 19 at the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental in Mexico City. The event is jointly organized by the IDB Group, the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Korea (MOEF), the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) will engage in a series of panel sessions with the aim of identifying clear avenues of cooperation between Korea and LAC to boost trade and investment, foster mutual investment, and promote technological innovation.

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Financial Times

FT Africa Summit

London, United Kingdom

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the FT Africa Summit will gather a prestigious line-up of businesses, policymakers and thought leaders from Africa and around the world. The Summit is widely recognised as one of the most important international forums for serious and productive discussion about the continent’s challenges and aspirations.

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AFSIC

Investing in Africa

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London, United Kingdom

AFSIC is the largest annual Africa investment event taking place outside the continent. Sponsored by the US, UK, German, French, and Dutch Governments and many leading African companies and investment bankers, AFSIC has become a vital conduit for investment in Africa. The event is focused on connecting attending companies seeking funding with the right African investors to secure the investment they need.

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ADB

11th Business Opportunities Fair 2023

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Manila, Philippines

During the pandemic in 2020-2022, ADB's Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department (PPFD) transitioned its business opportunities outreach initiatives from in-person to virtual format. In 2023, ADB will conduct its first in-person Business Opportunities Fair (BOF) after the pandemic. The ADB BOF is a one-stop forum for consultants, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and civil society organizations looking to provide goods, works, and services for ADB projects.

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GABI

UNSTOPPABLE AFRICA - The Global Africa Business Initiative

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New York City, United States

Africa has staked its position as the cornerstone of the world’s future. The continent is now positioned to be the most important driver of global business with a $2.5 trillion market opportunity. The Global Africa Business Initiative (GABI) is a solution-oriented global platform connecting leaders to drive and invest in the unstoppable opportunity of Africa’s economic growth. Every sector of the continent’s economy from manufacturing to agriculture to services to finance is on a growth trajectory.

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Global Compact

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

New York City, United States

Live and in person, the 2023 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit will convene changemakers, forward-thinking business leaders, SDG stakeholders, Government and UN officials from across the globe—exceptional leaders shaping our future— for a full-day of inspired conversation, purposeful networking, and meaningful takeaways. Participants will take stock of the private sector's contribution to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and be inspired to set measurable, credible and ambitious targets aligned with the newly launched SDG Movements.

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Dubai

3rd annual Global Trade and Supply Chain Summit

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Under the stewardship of The Economist editors, our two-day summit will examine the influence of geopolitics on global trade and how to adapt supply chains to this dynamic environment. What are the benefits of digital trade, particularly for developing countries? What is the potential of new technologies, such as blockchain, AI or robotics, in making supply chains more resilient and more sustainable? This 3rd annual event convenes thought leaders from the entire trade and supply chain ecosystem.

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IDB

PPP Americas

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Panama City, Paraguay

PPP Americas is the most important forum for discussion on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Latin America and the Caribbean, held every two years by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and hosted by a member government, with the participation of key players from the public and private sectors. Its eleventh edition will be held in Panama City from July 18 to 20, 2023, in coordination with the National Government and other strategic partners. The event will be hybrid. Join us at pppamericas.com! Contact us at pppamericas@iadb.org

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SDG

SDG Business Forum

New York City, United States

Taking place during the ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the 2023 SDG Business Forum will provide a unique multi-stakeholder platform to foster public-private dialogues, catalyze new partnerships and alliances, and explore and co-create innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development in the remaining 8 years of SDG implementation.