Implications of International Investment Agreements: UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2014 Event

Original Publication Date: 
15 October, 2014
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Implications of International
Investment Agreements

World Investment Forum 2014 Event
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
16:00 – 18:00

Room IV, Palais des Nations


The number of disputes brought by investors under international investment agreements (IIAs) has been steadily increasing. This event looks at the implications of these disputes for sustainable development, and will discuss actual case studies in particular areas.

Elements for the debate:   

  • What has been learnt from IIA disputes, in particular effects on sustainable development?

  • What have been the implications of IIA disputes for financial stability?

  • What has been the impact of IIA disputes on the environment?

  • What has been the impact of IIA disputes on decent work, health, and safety?

SPEAKERS

Mustaqeem De Gama, Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa

Esther Busser, Assistant Director, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Sanya Reid Smith, Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher, Third World Network

Alberto Villarreal, Founder, Red de Ecología Social – Social Ecology Network, Friends of the Earth Uruguay

Melinda St. Louis, Director of International Campaigns, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

JÃŒrgen Maier, Director, Forum Umwelt &Entwicklung

H.E. Luis Gallegos, former Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Nations Office in Geneva, moderator

Organised by Third World Network (TWN), Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS) & Public Citizen