United Nations, Conference Room 6 NLB, 300 East 42nd Street, New York
UNCTAD has developed a comprehensive Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) to assist governments in mobilizing investment and ensuring its positive contribution to sustainable development. IPFSD consists of (1) a set of Core Principles for Investment Policymaking, (2) guidelines for national investment policies, and (3) options for designing international investment agreements (IIAs), accompanied by annotations to the IPFSD, which are also published in this year’s World Investment Report 2012. IPFSD is a living document powered by an online platform (http://investmentpolicyhub.org), where investment stakeholders can comment on the different areas covered by the IPFSD, share experiences, raise questions and make suggestions.
The introduction of the UNCTAD Framework by Elisabeth Tuerk, Officer in Charge of UNCTAD’s Section on IIAs, offered an opportunity for New York-based IIA stakeholders to familiarize themselves with IPFSD and to bring their practitioner, academic or civil society perspective to today’s debate about shaping a new generation of investment policies.
Lise Johnson, Legal Researcher; Head: Investment Law & Policy Focus, CCSI, served as commentator.