Roundtable on Investment and Sustainable Development 2021


The Roundtable on Investment and Sustainable Development is a core part of OECD work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (see OECD Action Plan on the Sustainable Development Goals).

It serves as a platform to discuss and develop new forms of OECD engagement that support policy coherence and maximise the role of private investment as a catalyst for sustainable development.

Under the strategic guidance of the OECD Investment Committee, the roundtable seeks synergies with related initiatives in other fora, including the UN and its agencies, the World Bank Group, and regional development banks.


 2 November 2021 | 1.30pm-3.30pm CET

FDI Qualities: Aligning Investment Frameworks for Green Growth

The fourth annual roundtable brought together global experts to explore the importance of creating a favourable investment climate that supports decarbonisation and green growth.

The discussions highlighted the importance of the OECD Policy Framework for Investment and the FDI Qualities Initiative in guiding governments through the necessary reforms, and in strengthening the link between investment and climate policies & institutions.

The OECD Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann, delivered opening remarks.

The keynote addresses were delivered by Jose Fernandez, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, USA, and Felix Mutati, Minister of Science and Technology, Zambia.

Panellists included:

  • Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
  • Debora Revoltella, Director of the Economic Department, European Investment Bank
  • Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director, CINDE, Costa Rica
  • Brigitta Huckestein, Senior Manager for Energy & Climate Policy, BASF
  • Karsten Löffler, Head of Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Lisa Sachs, Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Manfred Schekulin, Chair, OECD Investment Committee, delivered the closing remarks. The roundtable was moderated by Ana Novik, Head of Investment Division, OECD. 

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Making investment work for green growth

Foreign direct investment during the pandemic: A buffer for jobs?

Can foreign direct investment improve the resilience of health systems?

Can development aid enhance the resilience of investment in developing countries?


Discussion papers

Investment and sustainable development: Between risk of collapse and opportunity to build back better

Can FDI improve the resilience of health systems?





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