Dear Colleagues, 
The G20 Ministerial Meeting held on 9 and 10 July in Shanghai under the 
China Presidency has agreed a set of non-binding Guiding Principles for 
Global Investment Policymaking (English version). The Guiding Principles 
are the outcome of six months of intensive discussions held in the G20’s 
newly established Trade and Investment Group, which aims to enhance global 
trade and investment policy cooperation, and constitute a priority 
deliverable for the 2016 G20 Summit. Work on the Principles was 
facilitated by UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise (visit news 

The G20 Guiding Principles aim to provide general guidance for investment 
policymaking in order to (i) foster an open, transparent and conducive 
global policy environment for investment, (ii) promote coherence in 
national and international investment policymaking in the absence of a 
global governance regime, and (iii) promote investment for inclusive 
economic growth and sustainable development. 

The G20 Guiding Principles for Investment Policymaking cover nine areas: 
(I) Anti-protectionism, (II) Non-discrimination, (III) Investment 
protection, (IV) Transparency, (V) Sustainable development, (VI) the Right 
to regulate, (VII) Investment promotion and facilitation, (VIII) 
Responsible business conduct, and (IX) International cooperation. 

The adoption of the Guiding Principles is a landmark event. It is the 
first time in more than five decades of international investment 
policymaking that consensus has been reached between such a varied group 
of developed, developing and transition economies – representing over two 
thirds of global foreign direct investment – despite numerous attempts 
over the years. They constitute a first tentative step in the direction of 
broad multilateral consensus and as such could have far-reaching systemic 

The role of UNCTAD 
UNCTAD played a key role as facilitator for the discussions on the Guiding 
Principles and provided an initial draft based on UNCTAD Investment Policy 
Framework for Sustainable Development. It also played a role as 
coordinator of the interagency working group to provide substantive 
support to the G20 on other investment related issues. 
UNCTAD will continue to support the international investment community in 
its efforts to work towards promoting investment for sustainable 
development. The next milestone event in the process will be the upcoming 
World Investment Forum 2016, taking place from 17-22 July in Nairobi, 
With best regards,

James X. Zhan

Director, Investment and Enterprise
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Tel: 41229175760