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.
Chairman Simon Manley Seeks to Breathe New Life Into Trade and Environment Committee
IISD’s Jennifer Freedman interviews Simon Manley, new chairman of the WTO’s Trade and Environment Committee, to gain insights on his priorities for the year.
A World Trade Organization Deal on Fisheries Subsidies: Across the finish line?
Tristan Irschlinger and Alice Tipping discuss the progress made to secure a deal on fisheries subsidies and what questions remain as WTO members seek final consensus.
Due Diligence Requirements to Tackle Deforestation: An overview of the EU and British proposals
IISD’s Andreas Oeschger and Florencia Sarmiento present an overview of policy proposals to address deforestation in the EU and the UK and discuss the way forward.
IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2022
This edition explores topical issues in trade policy ahead of the WTO’s Ministerial Conference—including intellectual property rights, fisheries subsidies, and the environment.
Russia Plans to Exit World Trade Organization and Other Global Bodies
Russia’s plans to quit the WTO follow the decision to remove its “most favoured nation” status in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
Seeking Clarity on Nature-Based Climate Solutions for Adaptation
This guidance note clarifies the concepts behind nature-based solutions (NbS), nature-based climate solutions (NBCS), and ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA).
Web of resilience
Pakistan's development model has still not recognised the limits of the natural environment and the damage it would cause, if violated, to the sustainability of development and to the health and well-being of its population. Pakistan’s environment journey began with Stockholm Declaration in 1972. A delegation led by Nusrat Bhutto represented the country at the Stockholm meeting, resulting in the establishment of the Urban Affairs Division (UAD), the precursor of today’s Ministry of Climate Change. In setting the country’s environmental agenda, we were inspired by the Stockholm Principles, but in reality, we have mostly ignored them for the last five decades.
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.