World investment report 2014

Investing in the SDGs - an action plan

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The World Investment Report series provides the latest data and analysis foreign direct investment (FDI) and other activities of transnational corporations, as well as the policies to regulate them at the national and international levels. The 2014 edition of the report traces the key developments in FDI over 2013 and, in its thematic part, presents a framework for facilitating the mobilization of private sector finance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to policy guidance, the report proposes a number of concrete initiatives for enhancing the role of the private sector. The report should prove a useful tool for governments, the international community and the business community in their efforts towards contributing to the SDGs.




In 2013, FDI flows returned to an upward trend. Global FDI inflows rose by 9 per cent to $1.45 trillion in 2013. FDI inflows increased in all major economic groupings - developed, developing, and transition economies. Global FDI stock rose by 9 per cent, reaching $25.5 trillion.


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