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  • October 16
    Four Lessons on Communicating ASM from IIED’s Stories of Change Initiative

    Four Lessons on Communicating ASM from IIED’s Stories of Change Initiative

    In this guest column, IIED's Gabriela Flores presents four of the best lessons she has learned in communicating the complex topic of artisanal and small-scale mining.

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  • October 12
    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    If we are to truly achieve the SDGs—and be sure to"leave no one behind"—we need the kind of complete picture that only disaggregated data can provide.

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  • October 11
    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    The SDGs are interconnected and complex. We are working to tackle that problem head-on while developing innovative approaches to achieving them.

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  • October 10
    Canada Must Do More to Adapt to Climate Change, Environment Commissioner Says

    Canada Must Do More to Adapt to Climate Change, Environment Commissioner Says

    Canada’s Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, just called on the federal government to do more to prepare Canadians for the impacts of climate change. We explore how that needs to happen.

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  • October 6
    How Scientific Knowledge Can and Should Guide Policy-Making

    How Scientific Knowledge Can and Should Guide Policy-Making

    Now that it is welcoming its first federal chief science advisor, Pauline Gerrard explains how Canada can best support and nurture its scientific community.

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  • September 29
    Digging Out of Conflict: Can Artisanal Mining Support Peacebuilding?

    Digging Out of Conflict: Can Artisanal Mining Support Peacebuilding?

    We sit down with Alec Crawford to talk about the relationship between conflict and the artisanal mining sector, and to see if there are opportunities for it to operate alongside peacebuilding efforts.

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  • September 29
    Hunger Is On the Rise: Here are three ways to stop it

    Hunger Is On the Rise: Here are three ways to stop it

    Hunger levels are rising. Carin Smaller explores how technology could help tackle climate change and end hunger.

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  • September 28
    China’s Largest Arbitration Institution Adopts its First Investment Arbitration Rules

    China’s Largest Arbitration Institution Adopts its First Investment Arbitration Rules

    China’s new rules for investment arbitration are not yet publicly available in English. We present an advanced draft of the rules, and explain why they matter.

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  • September 26
    Conserving Biological Hotspots in Conflict-Affected Democratic Republic of Congo

    Conserving Biological Hotspots in Conflict-Affected Democratic Republic of Congo

    Maiko National Park, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is so remote that the park’s northern edge can only be reached by a seven-day walk through thick, inhospitable forest.

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  • September 23
    Mercury: What it does to humans and what humans need to do about it

    Mercury: What it does to humans and what humans need to do about it

    As the very first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury takes place, we explain why mercury poses such a risk to humans and what IISD Experimental Lakes Area has discovered, and lay out what needs to happen next.

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