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Hub News Article Oct 03, 2017

High-level IIA Conference 2017: Break-out Sessions and Side Events

Join UNCTAD’s High-level IIA Conference 2017 to take stock of IIA reform, share your experiences and discuss how to move to the next phase of reform.

When: Monday, 9 October to Wednesday, 11 October 2017 (preliminary agenda)

Where: In person in Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland ( registration)

Remotely via web conferencing – an online live stream will be available on Monday, 10:00 – 16:00 (GMT+2) and Wednesday, 10:00 – 18:00 (GMT+2) (the web conference link will be available on the Investment Policy Hub)

Why join UNCTAD's High-level IIA Conference?

This 3-day high-level conference will carry IIA reform to the next phase. IIA reform has made significant progress, with a large number of countries 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). Chapter III of the World Investment Report 2017 sets out and discusses 10 options to reform old-generation treaties that countries can adapt and adopt in line with their specific reform objectives.

Based on a stocktaking of reform and policy options at hand, the Annual High-level IIA Conference will share experiences and identify best practices for phase 2 of IIA reform. The conference builds on a series of earlier UNCTAD IIA-related conferences, including at the World Investment Forum in Nairobi, Kenya in July 2016.

Join us to:

  • Engage with other experts : join the discussion with high-level experts from the investment and development community, including governments, inter-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia.
  • Share your experiences: experts will share experiences of their country’s or stakeholders’ approach to IIA reform to identify lessons learned, best practices and the way forward.
  • Review UNCTAD’s tools on IIA reform: experts will review their use of UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development, UNCTAD’s Road Map for IIA Reform and UNCTAD’s 10 reform options for Phase 2 of IIA Reform, providing feedback, comments and suggestions for future editions.
  • Chart the way forward towards the 2018 IIA Conference at the 6th World Investment Forum (WIF) , scheduled to take place in Geneva in 2018.

Schedule your break-out sessions and lunch-time events

To plan your schedule for the three days at UNCTAD, you can indicate the break-out sessions and lunch-time events you wish to attend by filling in this survey.

We look forward to welcoming you in Geneva and hearing your views on how to help move IIA reform to the next level.