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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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  • Blog
    The Message of the Brundtland Commission Continues to Resonate, Thirty Years On

    The Message of the Brundtland Commission Continues to Resonate, Thirty Years On

    Mark Halle explores why the Brundtland Commission, which first articulated the notion of sustainable development back in 1987, still manages to inspire 30 years later. (UN Photo) Read More
  • Blog
    The True Cost of Coal and Renewables in Indonesia

    The True Cost of Coal and Renewables in Indonesia

    Indonesia is facing an energy crunch as demand for electricity rises across the country. The country is one of the world’s largest coal producers, and is developing plans for an additional 35 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power stations. Proponents of the development claim that coal is the cheapest source of energy available. Is this really true?  Read More
  • Briefing Note
    Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

    Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to offer an ambitious and transformational agenda for our common future through 2030. In this brief, we review countries’ voluntary reviews to the HLPF to identify  the indicators that countries have actually been using in their reports to date, and data attached to those indicators.  Read More
  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot | Developing Capacity for Subnational Adaptation Action in the Republic of the Sudan

    sNAPshot | Developing Capacity for Subnational Adaptation Action in the Republic of the Sudan

    This sNAPshot policy brief explores Sudan's approach to developing capacity for subnational adaptation action, which supports the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. Read More
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    sNAPshot | Information Sharing for Adaptation Planning at Subnational Levels: South Africa's Let's Respond Toolkit

    sNAPshot | Information Sharing for Adaptation Planning at Subnational Levels: South Africa's Let's Respond Toolkit

    This sNAPshot policy brief explores South Africa's approach to information sharing in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process to promote vertical integration, which is the process of linking national and subnational adaptation planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Read More
  • Speech
    IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the World Circular Economy Forum 2017, Helsinki

    IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the World Circular Economy Forum 2017, Helsinki

    IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan speech from the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 on June 6, 2017 in Helsinki. Read More
  • Video
    Cost of Pollution: Extreme Weather

    Cost of Pollution: Extreme Weather

    Did you know that the cost of climate change-related heat waves in Canada is estimated to have been $1.6 billion in 2015? Read More
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    Cost of Pollution: Contaminated Sites

    Cost of Pollution: Contaminated Sites

    Did you know that average annual cost of managing contaminated sites under federal jurisdiction in Canada was $283 million between 2005/06 and 2014/15? Read More
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    Cost of Pollution: Persistent Organic Pollutants

    Cost of Pollution: Persistent Organic Pollutants

    Did you know that the cost of persistent organic pollutants to Canada is estimated to be in the billions, but we still don't know for sure? Read More
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    Cost of Pollution: Smog

    Cost of Pollution: Smog

    Did you know that smog cost Canada $36 billion in 2015? Read More