Creating Sustainable Reform
IISD works with governments, international institutions, academics, and civil society to identify, propose, and support reform across the international investment field to enhance sustainable development. Our work covers treaties, laws, contracts, and policies.
This is illustrated by our leading role in the global efforts to reform investor-state dispute settlements (ISDS), including on the Energy Charter Treaty and as a participating member of the UNCITRAL Working Group III process on ISDS reform.
As the host organization of the annual Investment Policy Forum - a unique event exclusively for investment negotiators from emerging economies - we promote sustainable, bottom-up reform of the international investment landscape.
Interim Co-President and Co-CEO | Vice-President, Global Strategies and Managing Director, Europe
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