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 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.
Mapping the Landscape for a Nature Economy
This report from the Luc Hoffmann Institute provides an overview of financial transaction mechanisms and related enabling frameworks that aim to protect and restore nature.
The dirt under the hood of clean electric vehicles
The global environmental movement has finally been heard on Wall Street, but is science keeping pace?
Gender Provisions in Trade: Opportunities for few or protection for many?
As gender-related provisions in trade agreements develop, we take stock and ask how well-suited they are to achieving gender equality objectives.
Scaling up Nature-Based Infrastructure for People and Planet
Nature-based infrastructure can help us deal with climate change and build a better future for communities worldwide
New World Trade Organization Fisheries Subsidies Text: It’s a balancing act
On May 11, 2021 the Chair of the WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies released a new draft text for the agreement. This commentary explains how the text attempts to strike a balance on key questions in the design of new rules for support to fishing around the world.
How Canada Can Win the Race to Net-Zero
As more countries take action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, Canada must accelerate efforts or risk getting left behind.
Climate ambition, push for electric vehicles driving down need for oil: report
The expected uptake of electric vehicles and stricter measures world-wide to reduce GHG emissions are the top reasons why a climate-focused research group is calling on governments not to invest any more money in Alberta’s oil sector.
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.