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 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.
Rethinking investment policy to support sustainable development
IISD experts are pushing for reform and offering their expertise to ensure good policy isn't held back by the threat of arbitration.
Task force crosses partisan lines to call for $55 billion for climate, clean energy
A new report from an independent task force says Canada’s economic recovery needs investments in clean energy, climate-resilient buildings and electric cars to keep up with a greener world.
Freeland may have changed her thinking toward fiscal restraint, but will Trudeau follow?
A group of policy, finance and green thinkers, the Taskforce for Resilient Recovery, released its final report, which recommended the government spend $55.4 billion over five years on clean initiatives.
“Now is the time to plan a clean and resilient recovery”, says Task Force in final report
Ottawa, ON – The Task Force for a Resilient Recovery shares its final report, recommending CAD 55.4 billion in green recovery investments to support long-term jobs and economic growth.
These 3 things top the priorities list for Canada’s infrastructure minister during the COVID-19 recovery
The government needs to show Canadians they will get the “triple benefits” of climate action, job creation and inclusiveness for public money spent on the COVID-19 recovery.
Why Is the United Nations Climate Week Important Now?
What you need to know about the September 2020 Climate Week meetings and what it means for economic recovery post-COVID.
Food — from farm to fork and beyond — may be key to Paris emission goals, UN says
Food systems are among the largest anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gases. They don’t need to be.
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.