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.
IISD Congratulates WTO Members on Achieving Fisheries Subsidies Deal
The deal marks a crucial step in moving the world's fisheries towards long-term sustainability and in multilateral efforts to address subsidies that harm the natural environment and the well-being of vulnerable communities.
Oil Companies Are Suing to Block Climate Action – With 72% Success
Fossil fuel investors are adopting a bold new legal tactic in response to efforts to limit global warming: they are going to private international tribunals to argue that climate change policies are illegally cutting into their profits and they must therefore be compensated. Now governments are scrambling to figure out how to not get sued for billions when enacting climate policies.
National Workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Illicit Financial Flows, and Conflict in Niger
The IGF organized a workshop for officials in Niger to promote dialogue on ASM governance challenges related to illicit financial flows and conflict.
Hopes fly for WTO fishing subsidies' deal at Geneva ministerial meeting
After talking about saving the world's fish stocks for 20 years, there is a whiff of optimism that the World Trade Organization (WTO) might be ready to clinch a deal to stop a fish meltdown on the planet.
New Analysis—What IPCC energy pathways tell us about Paris-aligned policies
A new report crunches the numbers on the latest IPCC data and concludes that global oil and gas production and consumption must decrease 30% by 2030.
Global Food Crisis May Take Centre Stage at MC12 Agriculture Negotiations
IISD’s Facundo Calvo discusses the implications of the global food security crisis for agricultural negotiations at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference.
Trade and Environment Agenda Inches Forward Ahead of MC12
Ieva Baršauskaitė takes a closer look at three trade and environment initiatives within the WTO and the progress they have made ahead of the upcoming Ministerial Conference
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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.