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.
In a first, 4 West African countries commit to cooperate on Senegalo-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin
The Senegalo-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin is the largest in West Africa; Four countries have now agreed to cooperate on sharing it peaceably, setting a template for the world.
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.
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.
Art Pushes Climate Change Communications to a New Level in Costa Rica
Supported by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), through the NDC Partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP), the Next Season project explored the synergies between contemporary art and science to propose innovative approaches to raising awareness of climate change.
Reflecting on a Year Online: Lessons from a survey of international investment negotiators
Analysis of a survey on the opportunities, challenges, and consequences of virtual negotiations.
IISD Commits to Advancing Gender-Responsive Climate Adaptation Action at the Generation Equality Forum
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in its role as the Secretariat of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, commits to working with interested government partners to advance gender-responsive adaptation action.
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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.