Pulling together UNCTAD's cumulative expertise on national and international investment policymaking, the IPFSD responds to a fast changing international investment landscape where new issues emerge due to:
Evolving economic geography
Questions of policy coherence and effectiveness
Systemic flaws in the current system
A need to mainstream "sustainability" into investment strategies
Fostering the development of a new generation of investment policies the IPFSD addresses these new challenges to make investment work for sustainable development and inclusive growth.
The IPFSD consists of a set of Core Principles for investment policymaking and translates them into: Guidelines for national investment policies; and options and provisions for the design and use of International Investment Agreements (IIAs)
The IPFSD is meant to be the point of reference for all investment stakeholders, gathering in one handbook a comprehensive list of options designed to support rule-makers in shaping modern investment policies.