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Hub News Article Feb 01, 2016

UNCTAD Considered the Key Information Source for Investment Policymaking

The UNCTAD IIA Team thanks all stakeholders who took the time to fill our end of year engagement survey.*

More than 93% of survey respondents consider UNCTAD the main source of information on investment policymaking (Figure 1). Among the publications most frequently consulted are the annual World Investment Report (96%), the Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (66%) and the annual IIA Issues Notes on "Developments in Investor-State Dispute Settlement" (58%). Over 80% of respondents find these UNCTAD publications "very useful".

Feedback on UNCTAD's work on international investment agreements (IIAs) has been positive across the board. More than 70% of survey respondents confirm that UNCTAD's work on IIAs has inspired them for specific activities, such as reflecting on the national IIA strategy, reviewing the country's model IIA or initiating a new area of research, among others.

The engagement survey also aimed to generate suggestions for improvements. Stakeholders’ responses include calls: to foster stakeholder engagement in the planning and conceptualization of UNCTAD IIA events, to facilitate the participation of Southern academics and the private sector in regional training courses, and more broadly, for better outreach and communication. The UNCTAD IIA Team stands ready to put them in place, with a view to even better serving the needs of the investment and development community.

Figure 1. What is your main source of information on international investment policymaking/IIAs?

Figure 1.  What is your main source of information on international investment policymaking/IIAs?











*The engagement survey was open for participation between mid-December 2015 and mid-January 2016.