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.
2020 IGF Annual Report
This report highlights the IGF Secretariat's significant activities, deliverables, and achievements in 2020.
US and Canada plot road to carbon border adjustments
The imposition of carbon tariffs is legitimate for tackling environmental concerns but risks initiating a slippery slope towards global trade protectionism, experts warn.
The lowdown on impact investing and how it holds companies to account
Once upon a time, the dual concepts of “doing good” and “making money” were generally seen as mutually exclusive. In 2021, this is no longer the case at all.
Will Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Usher in a New Era for Gender Equality in Trade?
The appointment of the first woman as head of the WTO sends a strong signal that equality between men and women can be achieved.
COVID-19 and Planetary Health: How a Pandemic Could Pave the Way for a Green Recovery
Environment and health ministries need to form joint agendas and link policy and programming to facilitate a green recovery from COVID-19.
Furthering Gender Equality Through Gender Bonds
The business case for investing in gender equality is clear. The gender bond market is still nascent, but offers public and private investors the opportunity to improve the lives of women while earning financial returns.
Fishers caught in COVID-19 net, sink into poverty
Lockdown restrictions following the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely impacted fishing operations, processing, markets and supply chains, leaving those in low-income groups vulnerable to malnutrition and poverty, say the authors of a new study.
The African Union’s Declaration on COVID-Related ISDS Risks: Why it matters now
The African Union's Declaration on COVID-Related ISDS Risks gives AU governments further moral and political support as they make decisions aimed at limiting the economic devastation wrought by the pandemic while laying the groundwork for eradicating COVID-19 entirely and rebuilding their economies.
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.