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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Policy Brief
    Building Global Governance for 'Climate Refugees'

    Building Global Governance for 'Climate Refugees'

    IISD President-CEO Scott Vaughan and IISD Board Member Lloyd Axworthy, along with several representatives from various environmental NGOs, contributed to this G20 Insights policy brief on recognizing that forced displacement due to climate change is increasing.  Read More
  • Report
    IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Suriname

    IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Suriname

    An assessment of Suriname’s readiness and capacity to implement the Mining Policy Framework (MPF) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF). Read More
  • Blog
    Extracting the Voluntary Sustainability Standards Opportunity for Biodiversity Protection: The need for a dedicated policy response

    Extracting the Voluntary Sustainability Standards Opportunity for Biodiversity Protection: The need for a dedicated policy response

    Voluntary sustainability standards have a strong potential for supporting efforts to protect biological diversity. But policy makers will have to expand their role beyond mere supporters and users of such initiatives to that of watchdogs and regulators if this potential is to be realized. Read More
  • Report
    The End of Coal Mining in South Wales: Lessons learned from industrial transformation

    The End of Coal Mining in South Wales: Lessons learned from industrial transformation

    The decline of coal mining in South Wales has important lessons for policy-makers and civil society grappling with the challenges of transition—what can be learned from this experience? Read More
  • Report
    Making the Switch: From fossil fuel subsidies to sustainable energy

    Making the Switch: From fossil fuel subsidies to sustainable energy

    This report estimates fossil fuel subsidies to be around USD 425 billion. Such subsidies represent large lost opportunities for governments to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development.  Read More
  • Blog
    Microplastics: What are they and what can we do about them?

    Microplastics: What are they and what can we do about them?

    What exactly are microplastics? What are they doing to our water? And why should you be worried? We sat down with IISD Experimental Lakes Area research fellow Dr. Michael Rennie, who has recently worked on the impact of microplastics on fresh water, and he gave us the lowdown on them. Read More
  • Infographic
    Mind the Gap: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Fill the SDG Financing Gap

    Mind the Gap: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Fill the SDG Financing Gap

    Research suggests that removing all consumer fossil fuel subsidies would decrease global carbon emissions anywhere between 6–8 per cent by 2050. Swapping savings into sustainable energy would improve emissions reductions further. Read More
  • Blog
    Sustainable Infrastructure Projects: The bankability issue

    Sustainable Infrastructure Projects: The bankability issue

    Delivering inclusive and sustainable infrastructure requires addressing a USD 1.5 trillion annual global infrastructure financing gap. Read More
  • Speech
    IISD Speech: IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the UN Economic and Social Council, 2017 Integrated Segment, New York

    IISD Speech: IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the UN Economic and Social Council, 2017 Integrated Segment, New York

    ISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan speaking at the UN ESOSOC 2017 Integration Segment on May 8, 2017 in New York. Read More
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    IISD Speech: IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region, Geneva

    IISD Speech: IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region, Geneva

    IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan speaking at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region in Geneva on April 25, 2017. Read More