High-Level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference 2018

24 Oct 2018
15:00 – 18:00

High-Level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference 2018

Going beyond IIAs: Fostering Coherence through Phase 3 of Reform

Mobilizing investment and channelling it towards the SDG require adequate policy frameworks, at both the international and national levels, and in the investment and other policy fields. Countries have been working on reforming their international investment treaty networks. But there is also a need to consider national investment laws reform and ensure that investment policies are coherent with and supportive of other public policies. These challenges are taken up in Phase 3 of Reform. Based on UNCTAD’s Reform Package for the Global Investment Policy Regime (2017), the 2018 IIA Conference will take stock of Phases 1 and 2 of IIA Reform and chart the way forward for the third phase of reform.

Issues for the debate:

  • What progress has been made on different reform areas and the modernization of old-generation treaties?
  • What are countries’ priorities for the third phase of reform?
  • What can be done to improve overall investment policy coherence?