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.
What the COVID-19 pandemic can teach us about the fight against climate change
As we live through this historical moment, we can’t help but wonder if we are learning anything about that other worldwide crisis, the climate emergency.
What’s an intact forest worth? The tricky task of quantifying Canada’s nature-based climate solutions
Since 2012, B.C.’s coastal rainforest has been generating credits that are bought by the B.C. government, companies and individuals wanting to offset their carbon emissions.
OPINION: Can India afford a green stimulus during the pandemic?
A deeper look at fossil fuel subsidies and renewable energy solutions suggests that green stimulus could be India’s most economically viable path to recovery.
Stop using taxpayers' money to fund pollution
In May, The WHO released its “Manifesto for a healthy and green COVID-19 recovery.” It is in many ways an astonishing document, because it speaks briefly and plainly to the many global problems we face.
The Proposed Multilateral Framework on Investment Facilitation
This paper examines the proposed multilateral framework on investment facilitation and how it relates to existing trade and investment agreements.
Trade Agreements and the World Trade Organization: Lessons for the Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises Joint Statement Initiative
This paper examines the provisions that relate to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in regional trade agreements and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements.
Making the Trading System Work for the SDGs: 10 questions for the next WTO Director-General
Trade, if well managed, can be a powerful tool for development. But it must not stand in the way of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.