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Private investment is an essential building block for the financing of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. International Investment Treaties (IIT) are an important component of global economic governance which influence investor-state relations. Today, a dynamic international debate on IIT is taking place, and reform options are being explored.

1. How are the debates on IIT and the efforts to increase private sector contribution to sustainable development related?

2. What kind of treaty arrangements could strengthen the commitment of States, investors and enterprises to sustainable development and responsible conduct? 

The TRAVERSE proposes to tackle these questions with a distinguished group of international specialists:

- Nathalie Bernasconi, International Institute for Sustainable Development IISD

- Nicolas Grégoire, SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA

- Lise Johnson, Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment CCSI

- Anne Joubin-Bret, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law UNCITRAL

- Joachim Pohl, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD

- Lukas Siegenthaler, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

- Elisabeth Tuerk, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD



TRAVERSE: Corruption in the Commodity Sector                     

Follow-up of the event including video footage and a paper written by moderator Markus Mugglin

On 16 November, the Division for Analysis and Policy organized a TRAVERSE and invited interested parties and a broader audience to join a discussion on challenges regarding corruption in the commodity sector faced by commodity companies, development agencies and policy makers alike. The event was attended by more than 70 persons which participated in the lively debate with the five panelists.

Please find the flyer to the event here.

Please find a video including selected statements by the experts on their take home messages here.

The moderator of the event, Markus Mugglin, furthermore prepared a paper addressing the most pertinent challenges with regard to corruption in the commodities sector for Switzerland and SDC (in German):

Switzerland and corruption in the commodities sector by Markus Mugglin (PDF in German)

The majority of the world’s poor live in countries that are rich in natural resources. All too often, the windfall in revenues from the commodities business trickles down to the mere few. Leaving little for the many. The sector is undeniably more transparent than it was a few years ago. But this is still not enough. New strategies are required – strategies that take the extraction of natural resources as their starting point. Strategies that focus on those who work in often precarious conditions, yet barely reap any of the rewards. There is also work for the development agencies to do.