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. 

Events
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Corporate Council on Africa

U.S.-Africa Business Summit

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Botswana, Botswana

The U.S.-Africa Business Summit is the Corporate Council on Africa’s premier annual event, bringing together African heads of state, senior U.S. and African government officials, and top CEO’s and senior business executives from the U.S. and Africa spanning major business sectors that are critical to the continent’s development. These include infrastructure, ICT / digital, health, energy, mining, agriculture, consumer goods, finance, tourism and creative industries.

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GTR

Global Trade Review East Africa

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Nairobi, Kenya

For over a decade, GTR East Africa has brought together leading commodity producers and traders, manufacturers, trade finance specialists, risk management experts, and trade tech innovators, providing unrivalled insight on this exciting region.

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World Bank

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2023: Growth and Resilience

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Washington, DC, United States

The 2023 Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) will focus on "Growth and Resilience" and will be held June 5–6, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Participants may join either in person and online. The ABCDE is organized by the World Bank's Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, and it is one of the world's best-known conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on social and economic development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners.

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GTR

GTR West Africa

Lagos, Nigeria

Global Trade Review returns to Lagos on April 26-27, where GTR West Africa 2023 will once again bring together the leading minds in West African trade, supply chain, export and infrastructure financing for two days of unrivalled networking and lively debate.

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Economist

Business Innovation Summit

London, United Kingdom

The economic climate is uncertain, with inflation and a potential recession on the horizon. How are you navigating the impact of the cost of living crisis upon your employees? The companies that will excel are those that have a strong purpose and look to future growth opportunities once the storm has passed. Technology is constantly evolving; what does the dawn of the metaverse and generative AI mean for your strategy? This event tackles the pressures affecting leaders at global companies.

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GTR

GTR Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa

GTR Africa is set to return to sunny Cape Town, South Africa on March 16-17 to provide a one of a kind event for the trade and export finance community. Over two days, the event will welcome around 600 participants from the region’s trade, commodity and export finance community.

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Indonesia

Indonesia Summit

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia boasts a large population of young, technologically literate and upwardly mobile citizens, which has resulted in a thriving e-commerce sector. Growth in the fintech industry is increasing financial inclusion, enabling entrepreneurs to benefit. Meanwhile, the country’s vast resources of copper and nickel have attracted the attention of electric vehicle makers and their supply chains. How can Indonesia sustain these positive trends?

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Green Biz

Green Biz23

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Scottsdale, United States

Amid challenging times, the sustainability profession is evolving — with new concerns, opportunities and concepts emerging faster than ever. Join the dynamic GreenBiz community to explore the latest trends, learn from your peers and form valuable connections. Join more than 1,600 sustainable business leaders for GreenBiz 23 (February 14-16, Scottsdale, AZ) to harness the knowledge of experts, peers and new voices to help you achieve net zero, advance the circular economy, elevate social justice, safeguard biodiversity, build resilient supply chains and more - GreenBiz 23 | GreenBiz

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Africa Investment Forum

Africa Investments Forum & Awards

Paris, France

The 6th edition of the Africa Investments Forum & Awards, organized by Leaders League group, will be held in Paris on the 7th of February 2023 in a new location : InterContinental Paris Le Grand hotel. This not-to-be-missed event aims to bring together African and European leaders around an insightful conference program, a prestigious Awards ceremony and various networking opportunities

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Event

2nd annual Sustainability Week Asia

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Marine Bay Sands, Singapore

Countries and business leaders perceive economic, social and environmental sustainability as a mainstream method for creating new business opportunities and a better future. As the world’s economic situation changes, it is critical to ensure that boards, wider corporate teams and stakeholders are focused on practical action. Sustainability Week Asia aims to help you cut through the noise surrounding sustainability, giving you an independent guide to achieving your goals.

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US-Africa Business Forum

US-Africa Business Forum

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Washington, DC, United States

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, to be held December 13–15 in Washington, DC, demonstrates the United States’ longstanding commitment to Africa and strengthens ties between the United States and African nations.

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VII Energy Week

VII Energy Week

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Panama City, Panama

The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organize the VII Energy Week, which will take place in the city of Panama, Panama, from December 12 to December 16, 2022.

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African Business

OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY AFRICA

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Cape Town, South Africa

Offshore Technology Africa (OTA) launches in Cape Town, South Africa, in November 2022 to enable Governments, Financiers, Developers, Solution and Technology providers to come together to expedite the unlocking of Africa’s vast and transformative offshore energy potential. Offshore Technology Africa will take the form of interactive boardrooms, allowing all participants to get involved in collaborative and productive discussions. All attendees should come prepared to participate in a collaborative environment and leave with productive outcomes

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FfD

Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Financing for Development

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Geneva, Switzerland

The Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Financing for Development was a core outcome of UNCTAD’s fourteenth Ministerial Conference, held in 2016 in Nairobi (Kenya). The purpose of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts is to provide a forum for discussion on the issues, concerns and challenges raised in the implementation and follow-up of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and Agenda 2030.

https://unctad.org/meetings-search?f%5B0%5D=product%3A336

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GTR

GTR US 2022

New York City, United States

GTR US returns to Manhattan on November 29th for a day packed with trade-focused debate and high caliber in-person networking. US companies and their financiers face a growing multitude of macroeconomic and operational challenges, from the rapidly rising cost of goods and financing to the proliferation of counterparty risks posed by hardening financial markets and geopolitical turmoil.

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CGLA

The 14th Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum will take place on November 3rd and 4th in Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

The Institute is partnering with Seoul National University’s Global R&DB Center (GRC) to deliver a dynamic program exploring the future of smart cities and intelligent infrastructure. With 50+ global project developers, the forum brings together multisector leaders and public sector decision-makers defining the future of smart cities, data sharing, automation, and the innovative finance and policy solutions we need to succeed in the coming 4th industrial revolution. 

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Economist Event

Innovation@Work US

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San Jose, United States

The future of work is a hot topic, especially during times of crisis where it takes imagination, skill and leadership to effect positive change. In an uncertain climate, gain the tools to innovate, adapt and collaborate for your own improved workforces.Innovation@Work provides answers to pressing questions surrounding digital tools and technologies, positive leadership and hybrid ways of working, to enable a collaborative solution that will move your business forward.

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GTR Africa

GTR Africa 2022

Cairo, Egypt

Returning for the first time since 2017, October will see participants and experts from a range of industries and sectors descend on Cairo for GTR Africa 2022 Ciaro, to reflect on the latest developments across the world of regional and global trade.

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Finance in Common

Finance in Common Summit 2022

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Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The Summit will provide an opportunity to highlight the key role of Public Development Banks (PDBs) in supporting the transformation of economies and financial systems towards sustainability.

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ICC-FIDIC Dubrovnik 14-15 Oct 2022

ICC FIDIC Conference on International Construction Contracts

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

ICC and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) will hold their annual ICC-FIDIC Conference in person this year!

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EUROPEAN FORUM

IPFA European Forum

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Over the course of two days, with key players from the world of infrastructure finance, politics and economics, we will explore the “known knowns” in the context of today and near term disruption. Pivoting to the medium term, we will look at the “known unknowns” with forward-thinking analysis on climate resilience, automation and digitalisation.

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WFEO

World Engineers Convention 2023

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Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies (CSVTS) in collaboration with WFEO will hold the 7th World Engineers Convention WEC 2023 and the WFEO General Assembly in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, in October 2023.

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CCA

Clean Cooking Forum 2022

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Accra, Ghana

The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) and the Government of Ghana are co-hosting the Clean Cooking Forum 2022, taking place October 11-13 in Accra, Ghana. In the countdown to 2030, it is more urgent than ever that we mobilize the necessary funding, partnerships, and policies to achieve clean cooking for all and accelerate progress toward global climate and development goals.  Join policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, donors, and other key partners to help bring clean cooking to the billions who live without it. Registration is now open - 

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Africa Investment Forum

Africa's Investment Event

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London, United Kingdom

AFSIC is believed to be the largest annual event bringing together African investors and investments taking place outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. With the support of the sophisticated AFSIC African Investments Dashboard, AFSIC is entirely focused on bringing together Africa’s business leaders and Africa’s most important investors and dealmakers and will showcase investment opportunities from across the whole of Africa. https://www.afsic.net/

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2022 EBRD TFP

2022 EBRD TFP Trade Finance Forum

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Istanbul, Türkiye

After three years, the TFP Forum is finally back!

The aim of the Forum is to discuss key challenges the industry faces, especially in light of the aftermath of the pandemic and the impact of the war on Ukraine, including the food security crisis, digitalisation of trade finance and the role of trade finance in the development of a more sustainable and green world. We will also look at new opportunities in trade finance in the EBRD’s regions of operations and beyond, and provide an excellent networking opportunity.

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WBCSD

WBCSD Meeting in North America

New York City, United States

As sustainability gains influence, it is shaking up the status quo by driving transformation in companies, supply chains and markets. But these transformations are not universally appreciated or accepted. Some stakeholders with vested business and political interests oppose changes initiated by companies embracing sustainability in the United States and beyond. As a result, specific commitments from companies to reduce their environmental footprint, address inequalities and revisit approaches to profit-making have been subject to criticism

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Private Sector Forum

Private Sector Forum 2022

New York City, United States

Since 2008, the annual 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. This year, the Forum will be held as a high-level forum.

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South-South Expo

Global South-South Development Expo

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Bangkok, Thailand

The GSSD Expo 2022 will be co-hosted by the Government of Thailand and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and is scheduled to take place from 12 to 14 September, 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. The GSSD Expo is an annual event organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to showcase evidence-based successful development solutions and initiatives, in collaboration with United Nations agencies and all other partners.

https://www.expo.unsouthsouth.org/

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FIDIC

FIDIC Global Infrastructure Conference 2022

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Geneva, Switzerland

As the world starts to slowly emerge from the Covid pandemic and with thoughts turning to global recovery and rebuilding economies, this year’s FIDIC annual Global Infrastructure Conference has a decidedly forward-looking theme. Building a better tomorrow, by investing today: Sustainable infrastructure development to improve community wellbeing will focus on how we engineer a sustainable future in a way that benefits communities worldwide. The conference will bring together the world’s premier engineers and other stakeholders from the global construction and infrastructure sector.

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WFEO-CECB

WFEO-CECB Forum

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe