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 world’s only global assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for government officials from developing and emerging economies.
Investment Treaty News
Investment Treaty News is a quarterly journal offering news and analysis on the implications of investment law and policy for sustainable development.
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, and legal experts on how to address the many difficulties posted by the Energy Charter Treaty.
Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to optimize the financial benefits from mining.
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.
Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine: Global trade implications after 7 months of war
Olesia Kryvetska discusses rising commodity and energy prices, the food security crisis and supply chain disruptions as the main implications since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
World Bank’s Mari Pangestu: Time to walk the walk on mainstreaming gender in decision making
Jennifer Freedman interviews Mari Pangestu, managing director of development policy of the World Bank, to discuss gender mainstreaming in policy decisions.
The Role of Technology Sanctions in Crippling Russia’s War Machine
Iryna Bogdanova examines the role of technology sanctions and their effectiveness on Russia in the Russia-Ukraine war.
How to Recalibrate Trade Adjustment Assistance to Help Workers Hurt by Trade Liberalization
Andreas Oeschger discusses how the Trade Adjustment Assistance program could be improved to help those worse off from trade and create more sustainable trade liberalization.
The Road to a Treaty on (Marine) Plastic Pollution
Tallash Kantai discusses the adoption of Resolution 5/14 by the United Nations Environment Assembly and explores how to ensure a fair treaty to end plastic pollution.
World Trade Organization Talks on Agricultural Subsidies Should Consider Trade-Offs Among Trade, Food Security, and the Environment
Facundo Calvo, agricultural policy analyst for IISD, discusses the WTO’s approach to agricultural subsidies from a trade, food security, and an environmental perspective.
Can China Contribute to Climate Action in Latin America?
Sisi Tang discusses three climate action initiatives between China and Latin America: a crediting mechanism for clean energy, debt-for-climate swaps, and a greener free trade agreement.
Other related topics
In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
Sustainable finance has gained considerable traction in recent years, becoming a significant trend in the financial industry.
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.