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Annual Report

IISD Annual Report 2019–2020

By Humans, For Humanity

IISD's work to deliver the knowledge to act on sustainable development is even more critical in this time of global crisis.

This year we asked: what does COVID-19 mean for the future of sustainable development and for IISD’s longer-term strategy? This report highlights some of the ways we are working toward a more equitable, inclusive, and resilient world.

August 31, 2020
  • Building resilience is at the heart of IISD's work with the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network.

  • The pandemic is shining a harsh light on inequalities that make some people more vulnerable than others.

  • IISD has been lending its voice to calls for countries to “build back better,” focusing stimulus spending on measures that will pave the way to a more sustainable economy and not lock us into a high-carbon future.

The pandemic is making its mark on all facets of life: business and economics, technology, culture, education, health care, even simple things like hugging your grandmother.

Many of the impacts are being felt immediately, while others will be more clearly seen in the fullness of time.

From the perspective of IISD’s work on sustainable development, the ways in which COVID-19 is shaping the world can largely be framed within three themes:

  • The importance of resilience
  • The amplification of inequalities
  • The need to consider sustainable outcomes as we invest in economic recovery.

Read the full Annual Report to discover how IISD is making a difference.

Annual Report details

IISD, 2020