We are in a race for our lives—and it’s a race we can win. The solutions exist, and we can cross the finish line by increasing ambition, harnessing political will, and joining forces to act together.
IISD believes in the power of partnerships. We work with governments, with industry, with civil society—with anyone who shares our values and believes, like we do, that a better world is possible.
For three decades, we have seen our greatest successes emerge from diverse alliances that foster transparency, gender equality and social inclusion. The solutions that stem from these collaborations are durable because they are equitable and built from the bottom up.
Sustainable Development Goals
This global agenda aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Governance and Multilateral Agreements
The frameworks that govern economies and our ecosystems touch every aspect of our lives—and have implications for sustainable, inclusive development.
Measurement, Assessment, and Modelling
Navigating the sustainability transition requires instruments that tell us where we are, where we are headed, and what our options are.
Earth Negotiations Bulletin
A neutral, authoritative and up-to-the-minute record of ongoing multilateral negotiations on environment and sustainable development.
Geneva 2030 Ecosystem
The Geneva 2030 Ecosystem is a multistakeholder initiative that mobilizes the capacity, skills, experience, ideas and motivation of Geneva-based actors towards realizing the 2030 Agenda.
Community Indicator Systems
Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals empowers communities to act at the local level, observe the impact of their actions, share experiences with other communities and build new partnerships for implementation.
China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development - CCICED
The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) was founded in 1992.
Trade Knowledge Sharing
The nexus between trade and sustainable development is complex and multi-faceted, and ensuring that the conversation around these issues is active, engaged, and informed is vital.
Investment Policy Forum
IISD hosts the annual Investment Policy Forum, the world's only yearly assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for developing economy officials.
Founder of Midsummer Analytics to speak at FSU’s South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference
Robert Smith, founder of Midsummer Analytics and a senior associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, will speak at Florida State University on Thursday, Feb. 2, about avenues to replace gross domestic product (GDP) as the central measure of a country’s progress.
Health in global biodiversity governance: what is next?
The dependency of human health and wellbeing on nature is documented across disciplines, regions, cultures, and economies. Environmental degradation contributes substantially to the global burden of disease and concurrent global environmental changes are increasingly recognised as public health threats, worldwide. The 196 parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have called for increased engagement on biodiversity and health since 2014, while calls from stakeholders for integrated decision making are similarly long standing. Yet few civil society health organisations have historically engaged with the CBD and its intergovernmental negotiating process. This situation is, however, changing. In 2022, civil society health professionals and organisations were involved in the CBD agenda-setting (intersessional subsidiary body) and decision-making (Conference of the Parties [COP]) meetings. Five civil society health organisations attended the 15th UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Montréal, Canada, as newly accredited delegations to the CBD. The new participation of these organisations in global biodiversity governance embodies the interdisciplinary work needed to take a whole-of-society approach to respecting planetary boundaries and prioritising the environmental determinants of health. The agenda of the UN CBD recognises and increasingly includes health. Now is the time to mobilise contributions from diverse health experts to inform integrated policy.
We Need More Hybrid Trade and Environment Agreements
Tancrède Voituriez argues that hybrid trade and environmental agreements are more promising routes to address environmental targets and the governance of trade and the environment.
IISD Announces 2024 Edition of Trade and Sustainability Hub
IISD is excited to share that it will be holding the next edition of its Trade and Sustainability Hub alongside the World Trade Organization’s Thirteenth Ministerial Conference (MC13), which will take place in the United Arab Emirates in early 2024.
What is the role of governments in biodiversity protection?
President and CEO of The International Institute for Sustainable Development, Richard Florizone was a keynote speaker on our special program: Global Action Initiative 2022 on Sustainability.
COP15 : Faits marquants du jour - le 10 décembre 2022 (in French)
« Montréal et les municipalités environnantes se mobilisent pour accueillir cette conférence. Je remercie tout particulièrement la Nation mohawk et les collectivités de Kanesatake, de Kahnawake et d'Akwesasne qui continuent de nous accueillir sur leurs territoires. Nous avançons ensemble sur le chemin de la réconciliation et de la conservation, et j'ai eu l'honneur de transmettre cet esprit de partenariat commun lors de ma visite du village autochtone aujourd'hui. Cet esprit de partenariat a également été mis en évidence durant l'événement de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, auquel j'ai assisté, qui représente 82 municipalités, qui a annoncé qu'elle visait à d'atteindre l'objectif de 30 % de milieux naturels de protégés d'ici 2030, ce qui correspond à l'objectif fédéral. »
Traité international sur la pollution plastique : toutes les options sont sur la table (in French)
La première session de négociations sur le futur traité concernant la pollution plastique a permis un large passage en revue des options possibles. Sur le plan procédural, toutes les questions n'ont pas pu être tranchées.
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Technology and Innovation
When it comes to achieving a sustainable future for all, we cannot merely rely on tried-and-tested formulas. We need to think outside the box and get innovative.