High-level IIA Conference 2019 - Information on the programme

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Draft programme -> click to see full agenda (11.11.2019)

08:30 Pre-event activities -> click to see the agenda

  • UNCTAD – SIEL "Award for Research on Investment and Development" Announcement
  • Book launch “The Right of States to Regulate in International Investment Law”
  • Book launch “The Research Handbook on Foreign Direct Investment”

IIA Conference 2019 - Academic side event

10:00 Opening plenary: Taking stock of SD-oriented IIA reform (with a focus on phase 2 reform actions)

11:30 Break-out sessions: Multilateral processes related to investment policymaking and their contribution to Phases 1 and 2 of SD-oriented IIA reform

  • Preserving the right to regulate, while providing protection
  • Reforming investment dispute settlement
  • Promoting and facilitating investment
  • Ensuring responsible investment

Advance video statements


13:00 – 15:00 Lunch and side event -> click to see the agenda

  • Project launch “APEC Handbook on Obligations in International Investment Treaties”

IIA Conference 2019 - APEC Handbook

15:00 Break-out sessions: Regional processes related to investment policymaking and their contribution to Phases 1 and 2 of SD-oriented IIA reform

  • Developing countries: Africa
  • Developing countries: Asia
  • Developed countries
  • Economies in transition

16:30 - 18:00 Closing plenary


Lead topic for discussion

Forward-looking IIA reform is well under way. All treaties concluded in 2018 contain several reforms that are in line with the UNCTAD reform package for the international investment regime (2018) or the UNCTAD Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development. UNCTAD policy tools have also spurred initial action to modernize old-generation treaties. Countries are increasingly interpreting, amending, replacing or terminating outdated treaties.

Given that, to date, such reform actions have addressed a relatively small number of IIAs, there is broad scope and urgency to pursue them further. Currently, the stock of old-generation treaties is 10 times greater than the number of modern, reform-oriented treaties and the majority of known investor–State dispute settlement cases have to date been based on old-generation treaties.

The 13 November High-level IIA Conference will bring together representatives of States, intergovernmental organizations and other stakeholders to take stock of IIA reform progress and lessons learned with a particular focus on phase 2 of the reform (modernizing old-generation treaties).

Source: UNCTAD's Reform Package for the International Investment Regime (2018 edition).