A cleaner and more equitable world will deliver real benefits for people and the planet. But everyone is not on a level playing field at the moment. And the pandemic has made things worse.
COVID-19 has shown how corrosive inequality is and how urgently we need to build more sustainable and inclusive economies. No country is immune.
IISD draws on three decades of international expertise to propose economic pathways that set the world on a sustainable trajectory.
Investment Law & Policy
How can we ensure developing countries attract the sort of investment that promotes sustainable development?
Depending on how trade policy is designed and implemented, it can either advance or be a hindrance to sustainable, low-carbon development.
Standards and Value Chains
Voluntary sustainability standards contribute to biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and gender equality.
Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators is the only global platform for government officials exclusively from developing and emerging economies to share experiences and lessons learned from investment negotiations.
Investment Treaty News
Investment Treaty News (ITN) has offered news, analysis and opinions on international investment law and its implications for sustainable development. The service began as a list-serve where information and views were shared among members, before becoming an electronic newsletter produced by a small editorial team.
The Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi)
IISD developed the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) to demonstrate to governments, investors and citizens why sustainable assets can deliver better value for money and more attractive internal rates of return.
The Energy Charter Treaty
IISD has been actively engaging with governments, civil society, academia, legal experts, and other stakeholders in how to address the many difficulties posted by the Energy Charter Treaty.
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to build and administer robust mining tax systems.
State of Sustainability Initiatives
An international transparency and capacity-building project aimed at improving strategic planning and sustainable development outcomes related to voluntary sustainable standards.
IISD Best Practices Series: Compensation Under Investment Treaties
This paper from IISD's Best Practices series takes a deep dive into the legal principles, arbitral jurisprudence, and lessons learned from how compensation is treated in investor–state arbitration, while presenting possible options for reform.
The Revolution Will Be Retrofitted: The future of energy efficiency in Canada
Energy efficiency and retrofits are playing a big role in COVID-19 recovery plans. We sit down with the policy director at Efficiency Canada to talk about what this looks like in practice.
Toward a Sustainable and Transformative Recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa
Aligning COVID-19 stimulus with the 2030 Agenda seems like good strategy, but many countries in sub-Saharan Africa do not know what it will cost.
IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2020
This inaugural edition of IISD's Trade and Sustainability Review features analytical pieces and commentaries on a series of topics at the forefront of the trade and sustainability discussion, from subsidy reform efforts at the World Trade Organization to the impact of COVID-19 on export markets.
How Can Procurement Drive the Global Green Recovery?
Public procurement is more crucial than ever, as most of the COVID-19 recovery spending will be channelled through this process—so how can we ensure it drives innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability?
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) and COVID-19: Responding to the pandemic
This brief outlines some of the main challenges to the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector support and regulation in the context of the global pandemic and points tentatively to how governments can move forward.
G20 Backtracks on Fossil Fuel Funding Phase-Out in COVID-19 Recovery
G20 governments’ marginal progress in decreasing support to fossil fuels will likely be undone this year by response to COVID-19, researchers say.
Other related topics
In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
The green economy can drive future economic growth and help address climate change.
Infrastructure is the backbone of sustainable development and a powerful driver of economic activity.
Government purchasing power should be leveraged towards buying the most sustainable goods, services, and works.
By adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain a competitive edge, increase their market share, and boost shareholder value.