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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 ...
Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Review of Developments in 2017
This IIA Issues Note reviews developments in treaty-based investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) in 2017. It contains an overview of cases initiated in the past year, overall case outcomes and an in-depth analysis of arbitral decisions.Read more...
IIA Issues Note: Recent Developments in the International Investment Regime
Investment treaty making has reached a turning point. The year 2017 concluded with the lowest number of new international investment agreements since 1983, signaling a period of reflection on, and review of, international investment policies.Read more...