ACCA to shine a spotlight on sustainability reporting and public sector investment at the 8th World Investment Forum


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will take part in the 2023 World Investment Forum. Taking place at ADNEC on 16-20 October 2023, the global platform for investment and development aims to address key investment challenges caused by today’s multiple global crises ahead of global talks on climate change at COP28.

Organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations, the event, themed “Investing in Sustainable Development,” centres on the promotion of climate finance and investment. ACCA, as an integral participant in this global convention, will actively engage in a series of key events throughout the week aimed at advancing sustainability reporting and public sector investment.

Fazeela Gopalani, Head of ACCA in the Middle East, said: “Our presence at the World Investment Forum underscores ACCA’s commitment to global sustainability and financial responsibility. This forum provides an unparalleled platform for us to engage with other industry leaders, share our insights, and contribute meaningfully to the global conversation on sustainable investment. The UAE, with its progressive vision and commitment to sustainable development, makes for the perfect backdrop for these critical discussions.”

The week-long event will see ACCA leading and participating in various sessions, including:

Monday 16 October | 13:30-15:15 |ADNEC – Hall 4 Room 11

Symposium on Developing Public Sector Sustainability Reporting Standards:

In partnership with ACCA, the symposium will address capacity gaps to ensure rapid adoption and implementation of sustainability reporting in the public sector globally and demonstrate the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board’s (IPSASB) approach towards developing standards in bridging climate-related information gaps to ensure informed policymaking and sustainable allocation of public funds.

During the session, ACCA will reveal the results of a study on public sector sustainability reporting and assurance, done in partnership with the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), a not-for profit, autonomous implementing body mandated to support Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in developing countries to sustainably enhance their performance and capacity.

Delivering Public Sector Investment for Sustainable Development:

In partnership with ACCA, the UNCTAD will host a conference about improving public sector investment management to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and drive investments in climate mitigation and adaptation. The event will see keynote speeches from the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) and World Bank, and provide an overview of global trends in public investment management performance, insights from global experts, and examples of good practices in aligning public investment to the SDGs. 

“ACCA’s participation at the event demonstrates our broader commitment to lead on public sector sustainability reporting and assurance, reinforcing its position as a global leader in the accountancy profession,” adds Fazeela.

In addition to these events, ACCA will produce white paper summaries with outputs to be presented at COP28.

About ACCA:

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants.

We’re a thriving global community of 241,000 members and 542,000 future members based in 178 countries and regions, who work across a wide range of sectors and industries. We uphold the highest professional and ethical values.

We offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. Our qualifications and learning opportunities develop strategic business leaders, forward-thinking professionals with the financial, business and digital expertise essential for the creation of sustainable organizations and flourishing societies.

Since 1904, being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. In December 2020, we made commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals which we are measuring and will report on in our annual integrated report.

We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society and is vital helping economies, organizations and individuals to grow and prosper. It does this by creating robust trusted financial and business management, combating corruption, ensuring organizations are managed ethically, driving sustainability, and providing rewarding career opportunities.

And through our cutting-edge research, we lead the profession by answering today’s questions and preparing for the future. We’re a not-for-profit organization.