Without investment, sustainable development is impossible.
Investment is critical for sustainable development, which requires fundamental changes in how we produce, distribute and dispose of goods. Today, this kind of change must come mainly through investment in new technologies and new processes that can replace unsustainable practices. In developing countries, where domestic sources of capital are scarce, foreign direct investment plays a significant role.
But not all investment leads to sustainable development, and not all of the global rules and institutions relating to international investment have been conceived through a sustainable development lens. IISD's work on investment and sustainable development focuses on this critical linkage, and provides new approaches to ensure that investment law and policy will make a positive contribution to sustainable development. In particular, we examine how the rules and institutions that govern international investment flows can be improved to help developing countries attract the sort of investment that promotes sustainable development.
The Rise of Agricultural Growth Poles in Africa: Investment in Agriculture Policy Brief #6
Africa has seen the emergence of 36 agricultural growth poles and 9 corridors over the past 15 years. They cover at least 3.5 million hectares of land in 23 countries. Ensuring that the new wave of agropoles and growth corridors is effective requires robust policies, laws and practices to ensure that a possible new trend of investment helps Africa achieve the sustainable development goals the continent has set.Read More
Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2017
Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship quarterly journal on international investment law and policy.Read More
Farmland Investments Are Finding their Way to International Arbitration
A claim registered by a Swedish investor against the Tanzanian government for revoking a land title amid concerns over the impact on local communities and a wildlife sanctuary is the first known investor-state dispute against a government linked to the so-called “land grab” phenomenon, which arose out of the 2008 food crisis.Read More
Investment-Related Dispute Settlement: Lessons from international accountability mechanisms
If investment-related dispute settlement mechanisms at the international level were to be built anew, what should they look like? This expert meeting focused on ways forward on a compliance and dispute settlement mechanism on investment.Read More
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Fiftieth Session, Vienna, July 3-21, 2017: Submission by IISD regarding the reform of investment-related dispute settlement
IISD's participation in the multilateral process in UNCITRAL is aimed at promoting the much-needed development of a comprehensive and inclusive investment-related dispute settlement mechanism.Read More
Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2017
Investment Treaty News is IISD’s flagship quarterly journal on international investment law and policy.Read More
Why We Need a "Comprehensive and Inclusive" Investment-Related Dispute Settlement Mechanism
If investment-related dispute settlement mechanisms at the international level were to be built anew, what should they look like?Read More
How to Improve Gender Equality in Agriculture: Investment in Agriculture Policy Brief #5
In this policy brief, we explore how global standards and guidelines contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and whether more can be done through these instruments to improve the situation of women in agriculture.Read More
Can Investor-State Dispute Settlement Be Good for the Environment?
Renewable energy investors have been using investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms to fight cuts to subsidies in Europe, but this short-term gain may hinder states in their broader pursuit of environmental objectives like addressing climate change and pollution.Read More
Reply to the European Commission’s public consultation on a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution
The European Commission launched a public consultation to gather views on options for a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution on December 21, 2016. This commentary outlines IISD's reaction.Read More