This conference was organised within the framework of the OECD's Emerging Market Economy Forum, which brings together OECD Member countries and non-member economies engaged in market reform.
Recent debates on the environmental implications of foreign direct investment (FDI) have often been highly polarised and polemical. In order to promote a dialogue on the key issues in the FDI-environment relationship, the conference brought together government officials, business persons, trade union representatives, NGOs and academics from OECD and non-OECD countries. In total, 146 people participated in the meeting: 107 from OECD Member countries; 19 from non-member countries (Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, China, Estonia, Hong Kong (China), Latvia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand); 11 from international organisations (EBRD, European Commission, UNCTAD, UNCSD, UNEP, World Bank). Mr. Gerrit Ybema, Minister for Foreign Trade, the Netherlands and Mr. Donald Johnston, OECD Secretary-General opened the conference.
The objectives of the conference were two-fold:
to deepen understanding and analysis of the key issues in the FDI and environment relationship within the context of a globalising economy; and
to examine ways in which this relationship might be improved to mutually reinforce environmental and FDI policy goals.
Please note, with the exception of the annotated agenda, the opinions expressed in these documents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the OECD or any of its Member countries.