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Hub News Article Sep 16, 2015

UNCTAD's TDB discusses reform of international investment governance

There is a pressing need for systematic reform of international investment governance. As is evident from the heated public debate and parliamentary hearing processes in many countries and regions, a shared view is emerging on the need for reform of the regime of international investment agreements. Such reform aims to ensure that international investment governance works for all stakeholders and that it is in line with today's sustainable development paradigm. Today, the question is not about whether or not to reform; but about the what, how and extent of such reform.

UNCTAD's 2015 World Investment Report offers a roadmap for such reform. UNCTAD's Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development has established itself as a major instrument for governments worldwide, guiding them in the formulation of a new generation of investment policies.

Item 7 of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board: Investment for Development - Reforming the International Investment regime will take place during the afternoon of 16 September 2015 in Geneva.

For more background information on this event please click here.



Speech by Mr. James Zhan Director, UNCTAD Investment and Enterprise Division


Speech by Ambassador Xavier Carim, South African Permanent Representative to the WTO

Speech by Mr. Dominic Porter, Deputy Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to the UN

Speech by Mr. Abdulkadir Jailani, Director, Directorate of Economic, Social and Cultural Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Speech by Ms. Nicolle Graugnard, Policy Manager, Commission on Trade and Investment Policy, World Trade Agenda Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Speech by Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Group Director, Economic Law and Policy, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Speech by Mr. Cristián Rodríguez-Chiffelle, Associate Director, International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum (WEF)



Asia Pacific Group




Group of 77 and China

Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)





United Kingdom

Supporting documents:

UNCTAD World Investment Report: Reforming International Investment Governance

UNCTAD Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development - 2015 version