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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its latest IIA Issue Note with its annual review of developments in 2015 in investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The latest trend are the record high number of 70 ISDS cases filed in 2015 out 696 publicly known cases and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) as the most frequently invoked investment agreement.

The Energy Charter Secretariat has opened a call for nominations for the 2016 Energy Charter Award. This call is open from 1 June to 15 July 2016. This year constitutes the fourth edition of the Award, which is given annually to any individuals or entities in recognition of their deep involvement and valuable contribution to the Energy Charter Process.

The Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with H.E. Honourable Senator Jabulile Mashwama, the Minister of Natural Resources and Energy of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The Southern African country is determined to move forward in the Energy Charter Process and the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels is currently hosting a senior official from Mbabane working on accession reports.

The Deputy Secretary General Amb. Selim Kuneralp and Patrice Dreiski, Senior Expert for Outreach and Expansion attended the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD) meeting in Banjul, Gambia on 15-17 June 2016. TICAD is  an initiative led by Japan in cooperation with the African Union Commission, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the United Nations Special Adviser on Africa and the World Bank to...