Muna Ndulo speaks on development finance at UN

Law professor Muna Ndulo directs Cornell's Institute for African Development. 

By Jackie Sayegh

Muna Ndulo, professor at Cornell Law School and director of the Institute for African Development (IAD), spoke at a special session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York on April 26, 2018.

Video of the entire session is available here. Ndulo appears from 23:50 to 42:10 and from 56:36 to 59:50.

The four-day Special Session on Investment Promotion Regimes for the Least Developed Countries was part of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up. Speakers focused on obstacles that limit least developed countries (LDCs) in their ability to attract and benefit from foreign investment.

In his presentation, Ndulo recommended steps LDCs could take to improve the investment climate and attract greater foreign investment. He also suggested measures the international community could implement to ensure that foreign investment benefits LDCs.

The FfD Forum is an intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and other development finance outcomes in connection with the implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2018 FfD Forum featured a high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, World Trade Organization (WTO) and UN Cconference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), ministerial round tables, general debate, thematic discussions on the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and other FfD outcomes, and a dialogue with stakeholders.

Muna Ndulo is an authority on African legal systems, human rights, constitutions, election monitoring, international development, and legal aspects of foreign investments in developing countries. 

He has served as a legal officer in the International Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), political and legal adviser with the United Nations Mission Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) and to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to South Africa, legal adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission to EAST Timor (UNAMET), legal expert to the United Nations Mission to Kosovo (UNAMIK), and legal expert to the United Nations Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). 

Jackie Sayegh is the program manager of the IAD.