IISD is a leading voice on creating economic rules that treat inclusion and equality as central concerns and recognize the value of natural capital. Leveraging our work at the national, regional, and international levels (where we drive reforms through bodies like the World Trade Organization [WTO] and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD]), we will:
- Strengthen the capacity of developing countries to negotiate fair and sustainable trade and investment agreements.
- Reform global governance on finance, trade, and investment, working directly with the WTO, OECD, and other key multilateral organizations.
- Support governments to develop sustainable and equitable economic recovery programs.
- Promote public and private investment in sustainable infrastructure, including nature-based solutions.
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 ECT.
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.
WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies: What's the state of play?
With only a few months to conclude WTO talks on fisheries subsidies, this update is an overview of the draft text circulated by the Chair of negotiations.
Sustainable Asset Valuation of the Kalivaç and Poçem Hydropower Projects
The SAVi results suggest that the hydropower assets cannot be considered a preferable solution to generate electricity for the Albanian people.
USD 10 Billion Needed to Avert COVID-19 Hunger Crisis, Researchers Say
An additional USD 10 billion is urgently needed to prevent millions more people from becoming food insecure as a result of COVID-19, according to a new report.
Toolkit for Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)
This toolkit aims to help governments develop strategies for the effective engagement of private sector actors in the NAP process.
Foreign Investment in Decline
UNCTAD predicted last month that COVID-19 would cause a 40% drop in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2020.
Global Market Report: Cotton
This report examines how voluntary sustainability standards are performing in the cotton sector.
Toward Strategic Public Procurement in Latin America and the Caribbean
This paper presents four best practice case studies and key ingredients of procurement reform to enable the shift toward strategic public procurement for sustainable development.
Other related topics
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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.