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Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements

A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators

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As International Investment Agreements (IIAs) continue to evolve and become increasingly complex, a key challenge for developing countries is how to maintain coherent investment obligations that are consistent across any overlapping treaty provisions. An even greater challenge is the effective negotiation of trade in services and investment commitments in Preferential Trade Agreements to make foreign investment supportive of development.



This guide is designed to assist developing countries to negotiate IIAs that are more effective in promoting their sustainable development. It identifies and consolidates emerging best practices from existing treaty models, evaluating the costs and benefits of different approaches; suggesting new and innovative provisions to encourage foreign investment flows; and outlining how states can achieve coherence among their IIAs.



A useful reference tool for developing country negotiators and interested parties, including investment promotion agencies, policy-makers, legislative drafters and officials in government legal departments.

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Foreword

The Commonwealth Secretariat has produced this practical handbook, entitled Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements: A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators, to help enable developing countries to design international investment agreements (IIAs) that support their development needs. The Guide marks the culmination of an intense and successful consultative and expert-group process held in the Commonwealth Caribbean, Pacific, South Asian and African regions. It has also been subjected to a rigorous peer review process comprising renowned experts in the field to ensure that it meets international standards.

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