The course commences
with an overview of UNCTAD's Investment Poilicy Framework
for Sustainable Development as a tool offering concrete options to
leverage national and international investment policy for sustainable
development and inclusive growth. While the training will focus on IIAs, Module
I introduces the national dimension of investment related policies, how they
are linked to the international dimension and the imperative of policy
coherence at all levels while aligned with sustainable development goals.
Module II then features and discusses key concepts related FDI embedded in IIAs
and therefore, their implications for sustainable and inclusive growth, and
Module III, deals with Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and its direct
impact on sustainability and development.
The course will
practically guide participants on how to strengthen the development dimension
of national policies and IIAs. In the IIA context, course participants
will be sensitized to the need for a more appropriate balance between investor
rights and obligations, and the inclusion of corporate social responsibility
principles in future treaties. Participants will engage with strategies to
safeguard policy space and facilitate greater coherence between investment and
other public policies such as those addressing labor, health and environmental
issues. Presentations will be complemented by case studies, group discussion
and exercises, with the aim to make this an interactive, practical and
stimulating experience for participants.