Investment promotion plays a key role in securing the substantial financing required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
In particular, investment promotion and facilitation efforts can help overcome investor reluctance with regard to the risk-return ratio perceived as unfavourable in specific Goals-related sectors.
In the World Investment Report 2014: Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals - An Action Plan, UNCTAD advocated the establishment of new incentive schemes and a new generation of investment promotion institutions that would target Goals-related investors and develop and market pipelines of bankable projects.
Building on the UNCTAD work programme in attracting investment in Goals-related projects, the high-level session of the Commission will discuss best practice policies and further measures that can be taken to increase support to Governments in mobilizing foreign direct investment for the Goals.
Enterprise and information and communications technology
The 2030 Agenda can only be achieved through significant improvement in the technological and innovation capabilities of developing countries, to put them firmly on a path of technological convergence with advanced economies.
The 2030 Agenda notes that science, technology and innovation are key means of implementation of the global development agenda. Policy dialogues at the Commission on this topic may contribute to defining effective international partnerships for technological learning and development, and to identifying innovative approaches to promote access to technologies for achieving the Goals.
In this context, the Commission may consider exchanging experiences and lessons learned with regard to the challenges and opportunities involved in the deployment of new and emerging technologies in support of the Goals.
Discussions may also address the need for new policy frameworks that leverage science, technology and innovation for more inclusive and sustainable development, including in the context of the policy and technical cooperation work of UNCTAD.
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