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International Investment Agreements
International investment rulemaking is taking place at the bilateral, regional, interregional and multilateral levels. It requires policymakers, negotiators, civil society and other stakeholders to be well informed about foreign direct investment, international investment agreements (IIAs) and their impact on sustainable development.
UNCTAD's Work Programme on IIAs actively promotes international investment rules that effectively foster sustainable development and inclusive growth.
The main aspects of this work are:
- to monitor trends, identify key emerging issues and provide cutting-edge knowledge on IIAs from a sustainable development perspective;
- to deliver trainings, seminars and workshops and offer ad-hoc advice to strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries in handling the complexities of the IIA regime; and
- to facilitate the sharing of best practices and experiences with the view to fostering global investment governance.
Phase 2 of IIA Reform
Sustainable development-oriented IIA reform has made significant progress, with many countries now following UNCTAD’s Road Map for IIA Reform (phase 1 of IIA reform). However, much work remains to be done to modernize the existing stock of “old-generation” IIAs (phase 2 of IIA reform). The World Investment Report 2017 sets out and ... Read more ...
UNCTAD's Road Map for IIA Reform
The current International Investment Agreements (IIAs) regime is multilayered, multifaceted and highly fragmented, and its reform has become a “must”. The IIA regime reform should be guided by sustainable development objectives, focus on critical areas, include actions at all levels, take a systematic and sequential approach, and ... Read more ...
Reform of the IIA regime
Today the great majority of countries are parties to one or more International Investment Agreements (IIAs). At the same time, many governments are not fully satisfied with the existing IIA regime. Concerns relate mostly to the development dimension of IIAs, the balance between the rights and obligations of investors and States, ... Read more ...
IIA Issues Note: Improving Investment Dispute Settlement: UNCTAD's Policy Tools
Prepared in response to a request by the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), this IIA Issues Note provides an overview of UNCTAD’s policy tools for reforming investment dispute settlement.Read more...
Special Update on Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Facts and Figures
This IIA Issues Note on investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) presents ISDS facts and figures as of 31 July 2017.Read more...