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    UNIS/L/263
    9 July 2018

    OPEC Fund to continue supporting the operation of the UNCITRAL Transparency Registry

    VIENNA, 9 July (UN Information Service) - In June 2018, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), during its 163rd Governing Board session which took place in Vienna, approved a grant in the amount of US$ 150,000 to support the operation of the UNCITRAL Transparency Registry for a further two years. OFID has been a donor to the Transparency Registry since December 2015, when it, together with the European Union (EU), extended financial support to enable the establishment of the Registry.

    The Transparency Registry was established in accordance with the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (the "Rules") in order to make information on investor-State arbitrations arising under an investment treaty available to the public. The Transparency Registry provides a consolidated, transparent, and easily accessible global case record database for such arbitrations, which often deal with subjects of public interest.

    The Transparency Registry is also a key feature of the United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (the "Mauritius Convention") adopted in December 2014, which extends the application of the Rules to investment treaties concluded before 1 April 2014. The Rules, the Mauritius Convention and the Transparency Registry constitute the UNCITRAL standards on transparency, which are the result of a multilateral effort to reform investment arbitration, in particular to enhance awareness of and access to the process of dispute settlement. By making information about investment disputes publicly accessible, the UNCITRAL standards contribute to building confidence in the international investment framework. Furthermore, they constitute an important step in responding to the increasing challenges to the legitimacy of international investment law and arbitration as such.

    OFID, a development finance institution established by Member States of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is supporting the project as part of its cooperation with the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world.

    OFID's contribution will support the UNCITRAL Secretariat in continuing its operation of the Transparency Registry as requested by the UN General Assembly in December 2015.

    The Transparency Registry can be accessed at http://www.uncitral.org/transparency-registry

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