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Sustainable development is an investment issue. Capital is needed to alleviate poverty, create jobs, accelerate the clean energy transition and allow for the development of much-needed infrastructure to provide goods and services for all. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important source of that capital.

But investment does not come without risks. How can we ensure investments are made responsibly, without harming people, the environment or the local economy?

IISD works with governments and civil society to develop and improve legal and policy tools focusing on the critical linkage between investment and sustainable development. We look for and provide new approaches to ensure that investment law and policy advance environmentally sound investment that generates broad socioeconomic benefits. In particular, IISD experts examine how the rules and institutions that govern international investment flows can be improved to benefit developing countries.

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    Sustainable Investing: Shaping the future of finance

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    A report on how sustainable investing will become mainstream in the financial industry.

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    Investment Facilitation: History and the latest developments in the structured discussions

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    This negotiating brief was prepared for the January 28, 2020 seminar in Geneva on the Joint Statement Initiative on Investment Facilitation.

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  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 5, December 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 5, December 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.

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  • Best Practices
    IISD Best Practices Series: Compensation Under Investment Treaties (Advance Draft)

    IISD Best Practices Series: Compensation Under Investment Treaties (Advance Draft)

    This advance draft of the latest IISD Best Practices Series paper focuses specifically on the awards seen in various investment treaty arbitration cases, how they are determined and what can be learned going forward. Please note that this paper will be updated following comments.

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  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 4, October 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 4, October 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy. This special edition of ITN is devoted to international investment governance.

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  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.

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  • Briefing Note
    Redesigning the Energy Charter Treaty to Advance the Low-Carbon Transition

    Redesigning the Energy Charter Treaty to Advance the Low-Carbon Transition

    This paper discusses practical ways to overhaul the Energy Charter Treaty to bring it in line with international law commitments with respect to climate change and sustainable development.

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  • Commentary
    Investment Facilitation for Sustainable Development: Getting it right for developing countries

    Investment Facilitation for Sustainable Development: Getting it right for developing countries

    This piece explores how investment facilitation belongs not in binding World Trade Organization rules, but in the work of organizations that focus on research, best practice and capacity building for developing countries.

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  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.

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