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.
International Geneva: 12 faces of tomorrow
They are the ones that make the wheels of Geneva go round. In one way or another, these 12 directors, experts, advocates of international organisations, among many others are shaping the future of multilateralism.
Moving Beyond GDP: A Stock-Flow Approach To Measuring Wellbeing For The G20
To achieve effective climate action, the G20 countries need to move urgently beyond GDP and use a comprehensive approach to assessing national progress.
Moving Beyond GDP To Achieve The SDGs
World leaders increasingly believe it is time to move beyond gross domestic product (GDP) as the central measure of progress.
Ukraine sets plans for ambitious 'green' reconstruction
Ukraine's reconstruction from Russia's full-scale war gives Europe's most energy-intensive economy the opportunity to become a hub for green electricity and hydrogen exports to Europe.
Principles-Based Social Taxonomy for Sustainable Investing
IISD developed a social taxonomy of business activities for a client country. It is based on the specific social and economic development vision and priorities of the country and aligned with international norms and best practices.
Earth Today | Gender and climate change group
Clehan Williams (left), adviser to Senator Matthew Samuda, minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation, joins representatives of the team that developed Jamaica’s Gender and Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan at the recent unveiling of the document. From second left are: Consultant gender specialists Anika Grey and Indi McLymont-Lafayette; Dr Orville Grey, regional manager, Caribbean, at the Green Climate Fund; Angie Dazé, gender equality and social inclusion lead at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Sharon Coburn Robinson, principal director at the Bureau of Gender Affairs; Catherine Senecal, programme manager, resilience at IISD; and Omar Alcock, senior technical officer (mitigation) at the Climate Change Division.
Jamaica launches gender and climate change strategy and action plan
Jamaica has launched a gender and climate change strategy and action plan (GCCSAP) that it says has been developed and guided by a national gender and climate change assessment, which provided an overview of the policy and institutional contexts for gender-responsive climate action.
Is it just the heat, or does the concept of 'uneconomic growth' make a lot more sense now?
Something to ponder if you’re stuck in one of the many places so hot now that sitting in a darkened room is recommended, giving you more time alone with your thoughts: are we paying the price for a big mistake?
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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.