Changes in policy can move slowly, but public opinion can change overnight. For ideas to take root, they need to appeal to people’s hearts as well as minds.
Having solutions to the world’s greatest challenges isn’t enough; IISD has to get these solutions out into the world in a way that prompts dialogue, action, and lasting change.
To do this, we focus on expanding and deepening our reach, collaborating with new partners, and challenging the status quo.
This includes engaging the Canadian public on the importance of freshwater sustainability; extending the reach and impact of the world-renowned Earth Negotiations Bulletin; and empowering communities to define and track progress toward sustainability through a global network of community platforms.
Sustainable Development Goals
This global agenda aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Human activity—from pollutants to climate change—is threatening the health of our planet's precious freshwater resources. That's where we come in.
COVID-19 and Resilient Recovery
How will the COVID-19 pandemic and the global recovery from it affect the future of sustainable development?
The IISD Experimental Lakes Area is proud to be working and engaging with its Indigenous neighbours.
Earth Negotiations Bulletin
A neutral, authoritative and up-to-the-minute record of ongoing multilateral negotiations on environment and sustainable development.
Working with communities around the world to turn local data into action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
"Green Lemons" Need to be Squeezed out From the ESG Market
Weak ESG governance and reporting standards are putting a brake on sustainability investments beyond climate mitigation, but several new regulatory initiatives could herald the start of a more positive trend.
A Quest for Legal Clarity: What the International Court of Justice's upcoming advisory opinion means for climate action
The United Nations General Assembly resolution comes at a pivotal moment for the international climate community, as governments, civil society, academia, and private actors all prepare for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) this November.
IPCC Report Confirms India’s Advocacy for Equity & Climate Justice, says Govt
The deliberations that led to the IPCC's latest synthesis report highlighted profound disagreements between wealthy nations and developing countries like India about the resources needed to tackle the climate disaster and the developed world's involvement in provoking the emergency.
IPCC focuses attention on fossil fuel phase-down
The phase-down of fossil fuels is firmly in the spotlight, as ministers restart climate talks and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its sixth synthesis report, warning of the effect that continued fossil fuel burning will have on global carbon budgets.
India pushes for equity at crucial climate meeting
The negotiations leading to the latest synthesis report of the IPCC revealed deep differences between wealthy nations and developing countries like India on funding needed to combat the climate crisis and the role of the developed world in precipitating the emergency.
Governments battle over carbon removal and renewables in IPCC report
Governments fought over how their favoured green technologies are described in the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s scientists last week.
Source to Sea: Integrating the water agenda in 2023
2023 could prove to be a definitive year for facilitating an integrative perspective on water issues, from fresh water to the marine environment.
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Governance and Multilateral Agreements
The frameworks that govern economies and our ecosystems touch every aspect of our lives—and have implications for sustainable, inclusive development.
Measurement, Assessment, and Modelling
Navigating the sustainability transition requires instruments that tell us where we are, where we are headed, and what our options are.
Technology and Innovation
When it comes to achieving a sustainable future for all, we cannot merely rely on tried-and-tested formulas. We need to think outside the box and get innovative.