We are pleased to welcome you to our new blog page, where we will regularly post updates and analysis from CCSI staff and guests.
In our most recent post, Nathan Lobel provides analysis and feedback on the September 20th Conference on the Global Pact for the Environment. The conference convened UN officials, policy makers, civil society leaders, and academics to Columbia for a one-day conference to discuss the Global Pact for the Environment. The Global Pact aims to serve as a legally binding “umbrella text” for international environmental law that would establish a universal right to a healthy environment.
In September, Jesse Coleman and Kaitlin Cordes wrote on how the many challenges of large-scale agricultural investment put strain on all players involved. Local communities and land users must deal with negative environmental and social impacts; host governments face difficulties monitoring investor compliance and facilitating investments that align with sustainable investment objectives; and investors are subject to operational and reputational risks. With clarity and precision, Coleman and Cordes explore how a recent sugarcane and ethenyl project in Tanzania exemplifies the consequences of agricultural investment gone awry when responsible environmental and human rights practices are not in place.
The blog will be continually updated with leading research and inquiry into international law and sustainable investment. Feel free to comment and discuss.
CSI in collaboration with KPMG recently released a newly edited volume: The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment, a comprehensive analysis providing expert opinion on the major current debates around sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). The book focuses on: the extent of SWFs domestic investments, their involvement in financing infrastructure investments and other developmental priorities, how existing policy and operational models need to be adjusted in the context of developing countries, and the role and practices of sovereign wealth funds in the emerging field of socially-responsible investment.
On October 25th, from 8:30am to 11am, a panel of SWF researchers and practitioners will discuss the most topical questions raised by the book, giving participants the opportunity to hear expert opinion and engage in conversation. The event will end with a networking opportunity where experts and practitioners in sovereign wealth fund governance, institutional investing, and public finance will have the opportunity to meet. Registration is free, but required for the event.