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At present, a host of intergovernmental institutions are focusing on reforming international investment law and policy. Individual states are also seeking to elaborate and advance new approaches to investment governance. At the multilateral level, World Trade Organization (WTO) members are considering investment facilitation; UNCITRAL is working on ISDS reform; and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is revising its ISDS rules. At the pluri- and bilateral levels, states are revisiting their existing treaties: North American states are renegotiating their North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); a range of new models and approaches to existing stocks of treaties have been advanced, including by Brazil and South Africa; and across Europe, European member states and the European Union are devising plans and taking steps to terminate a wide swath of existing investment protection agreements.

Meanwhile, states are negotiating other international instruments that will impact the governance of investment, including, for instance, the Global Pact for the Environment3 and the Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises.

This session looked at where opportunities exist to integrate the guiding principles on governing investment, as elaborated over the previous two days, within existing reform processes.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist in the session on “Advancing solutions, including in ongoing reform efforts”.

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 28 September 2018 - 6:00pm

GVCs  are  a  great  driver  of  international  trade  and  investment  development  in  recent  decades.  But  GVCs  are  largely  controlled  by  a  small  group  of  multi-national  companies  and  benefiting  selected  countries  and  regions.  Electronic  commerce  has  played  a  significant  role  by  lowering  entrance  costs  and  barriers  in  helping SMEs and developing countries to get involved in international trade. Therefore, the inclusiveness of  GVCs  could  be  greatly  enhanced  by  expanding  and  extending  E-commerce  to  more  developing  countries.  In  order  to  make  it  happen,  state  and  private  sectors  should  work  together  to  address  the  economic and policy obstacles restricting the development of E-commerce and GVCs.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist.

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Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Discussions on the need to ensure adequate legal defence in proceedings under IIAs have been going on for some time now. Several regional initiatives on the establishment of an Advisory Center for International Investment Law have been initiated, but unfortunately not concluded: the UNCTAD-IADP-OAS project, the UNASUR project, and the ANZ-ASEAN Forum Initiative. Given the broader call for a multilateral reform of ISDS, the time seems right for a multilateral approach to secure adequate legal defence for all disputing parties under IIAs. Such initiative could complement ongoing bilateral and multilateral activities to modernize the current system. A feasibility study or scoping paper should provide delegations and other interested countries with a clear, transparent and fact-based overview how adequate legal defence in proceedings between investors and states can be better secured. The study should provide government officials and other interested parties with clear policy making options and guidelines and provide a basis for future work.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a speaker.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

The World Investment Forum is a high-level, biennial and multi-stakeholder gathering designed to facilitate dialogue and action on the world’s key emerging investment-related challenges. Its mission is to provide a platform to debate and discuss "investment for development," ultimately to promote investment flows that contribute to sustainable and inclusive development. With its ties to UN member States, the World Investment Forum is able to bring together a broad coalition of investment stakeholders at the highest level who can influence the global investment landscape.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a speaker at the session on “The Investment, Trade and Development Nexus”.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

In response to the Joint Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development at the MC11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the resulting process, the WTO structured discussions on investment facilitation, is nearing the completion of its first year.

The aim of the dialogue is to take stock of the progress made during the structured discussions, juxtaposed to the objectives set out in the Joint Statement. Participants are invited to review the outcome, define the challenges and opportunities for the roadmap ahead, and to discuss the strategies that could be pursued to maintain the momentum towards MC12.

Participation is by invitation only.

This dialogue is a part of ICTSD’s WTO: Paths Forward initiative, a platform that provides the research, ideas and neutral spaces negotiators need to ensure the technical work required for a successful 12th WTO Ministerial Conference moves forward.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is the moderator.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am