Sustainable development is a broad, complex field with many overlapping, interconnected issues. It can be hard to stay on top of where progress is being made, what new issues are emerging, and how current events are shifting us in new directions. IISD’s experts have the insight you need.
IPCC Research Shows Need for Ramping Up Mitigation Ambition, Tackling Adaptation Gaps
The IPCC Synthesis Report of its sixth assessment cycle confirms that the world is already dangerously close to the 1.5°C temperature limit under the Paris Agreement—but also affirms that there are proven options available to avert the most catastrophic warming and improve adaptation planning and action, IISD experts say.
Source to Sea: Integrating the water agenda in 2023
2023 could prove to be a definitive year for facilitating an integrative perspective on water issues, from fresh water to the marine environment.
Including Women in Sustainable Reconstruction in Ukraine
While Russia's aggression continues, planning for recovery in Ukraine has already begun. To ensure reconstruction is sustainable, women must be leading participants in the post-war recovery.
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Countries Must Phase Out Oil and Gas Production—and Quickly
How fast do we need to phase out fossil fuels to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and safeguard our planet's future? A new report suggests a quicker timeline than many governments are planning.
Canadian Youth See a Different Future for Climate Policy
Young and marginalized voices have a vital role to play in decision-making processes, as they will live with the policies enacted today and will be those crafting policy solutions tomorrow.
Overcoming the Threats to Global Food Systems from Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Shocks and crises have become the new norm, which calls for a fundamental reconsideration of how food is produced, traded, and consumed.
Russia's War in Ukraine: Why doubling down on the Green Deal is the best strategy
As EU leaders meet in Versailles, energy is set to be a key topic. But leaders must ensure that the decisions they make to break away from Russian energy push the EU in the direction of sustainability.
The United Nations Environment Assembly’s Role as a Governance Architect
As the resumed Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) gets underway, what can we learn about its role as a coordinator and catalyst for international environmental action?
More Say for Smallholders Will Help Standards Address Poverty
Voluntary sustainability standards can be a valuable tool for tackling poverty. But for these standards to be truly effective, smallholder farmers must have a say in how these are designed and put into practice.
What Does the Global Minimum Tax Deal Mean for Developing Countries?
Just months after the global minimum tax was approved by over 130 countries, the agreement is quickly on its way to becoming a reality. What impact could this have for developing countries and how should they prepare?
Youth Climate Activism: Running a marathon, not a sprint
IISD youth engagement and water policy expert Emily Kroft sat down with climate educator Kristina Hunter to discuss how youth climate activists can prepare for a lasting future in sustainability.
A Full Calendar for SDG Discussions and Global Environmental Governance
The coming year will be decisive for sustainable development governance, bringing us twice as many meetings of environmental treaty governing bodies as we would expect during non-COVID times.
A Great Year for National Adaptation Planning and the Network to Watch in 2022
A new sense of urgency for climate action is being felt all around the world, and governments are now accelerating national efforts to put adaptation at the heart of decision making.