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Key Message

Our vision: Better living for all—sustainably

Our mission: To champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably

Contact us

  • IISD's head office
    161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    R3B 0Y4

    · Phone: +1 204 958-7700
    · Fax: +1 204 958-7710
    · E-mail
    · www.iisd.org

  • Geneva office
    International Environment House 2
    9 chemin de Balexert
    1219 Châtelaine
    Geneva Switzerland

    · Phone +41 22 917-8683
    · Fax +41 22 917-8054
    · E-mail

  • Ottawa office
    1400-220 Laurier Avenue West
    Ottawa, Ontario Canada
    K1P 5Z9

    · Phone: +1 613 238-2296
    · Fax: +1 613 238-8515

  • IISD Reporting Services
    300 East 56th Street #11D
    New York, NY 10022 USA

    · Phone: +1 646 536-7556
    · Fax: +1 646 219-0955
    · www.iisd.ca

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development is a Canadian-based, international public policy research institute for sustainable development.

Since it was first articulated in the Brundtland Commission’s Our Common Future in 1987, sustainable development has never been superseded by a more compelling or universally-acceptable expression of humanity’s shared goals. At its simplest level, any form of development that is not sustainable contains the seeds of its own destruction. For development to be sustainable, it must not only generate wealth: it must also advance social justice, reduce and eventually eliminate poverty, and remain within the limits imposed by ecosystem and resource resilience.

IISD has chosen to focus on topics that are ripe for transformation—where a shift in policy has the potential to snowball and, before too long, to change the nature of the game. It is only through a focus on game-changers that we will make up the sustainability deficit that has accumulated and move towards a better future.

Because we aim to make a difference in how policy is crafted and implemented, we translate the research insight into practical, realistic and cost-effective policy options that can be taken up by policy-makers at all levels.