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 (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.
Experts Warn of Coming Wave of Investor-State Arbitrations in Response to COVID-19 Measures
Arbitration experts predict a wave of investor-state arbitration disputes could be coming in response to the strict lockdown measures taken by most countries, and urge pre-emptive engagement by arbitration experts to build a common approach toward mediating disputes.
La famine sera-t-elle vraiment éradiquée dans dix ans? (in French)
La communauté internationale vise 2030 pour venir à bout de ce fléau mondial, relancé par la pandémie. Les dons affluent, mais le projet paraît bien ambitieux.
Ottawa mise désormais sur une économie durable (in French)
L'extraction pétrolière et minière a fait sa richesse. Mais le Canada se veut aujourd'hui un acteur écologique de pointe.
World leaders urged to turn off the tap on fossil fuel subsidies
Hot on the heels of major climate announcements at the United Nations this week, more than 200 civil society organizations from dozens of countries are calling for an end to public financing of fossil fuels.
200+ CSOs Call on World Leaders to End Public Finance for Fossil Fuels in 2021
Ahead of the UN High Level Dialogue on Energy, over 200 CSOs have released a statement urging world leaders to end international public finance for fossil fuels.
Statement: 2021 Must Mark the End of International Support to Coal, Oil, and Gas
Ahead of the UN High Level Dialogue on Energy, over 200 organizations have released a statement urging world leaders to end international public finance for fossil fuels.
Companies Pledge Millions to End World Hunger by 2030
Forty-two companies have pledged a promising US$345 million to contribute to ending global hunger as part of a new initiative led by key international organizations.
Geneva SDG and finance communities try to breathe life into social responsibility
Leaders in Geneva's SDG and finance communities are trying to put society back into sustainable finance. Wednesday's "warm-up" to the industry-wide Building Bridges Week two months from now will try to move discussions along so that the focus can be on concrete action come November.
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.