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The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. Efforts to contain the virus and support those directly impacted are of utmost importance. At IISD, that means our first focus has been on the health and safety of our staff and our own effort to flatten the curve.

As leaders, it is also our responsibility to look ahead and assess how the pandemic and the global recovery from it will impact the future of sustainable development.

Recent COVID-19 Coverage from the SDG Knowledge Hub

Coronavirus and its Impact on the SDGs

Our views are shaped by IISD’s threefold mission to advance a stable climate, sustainable resource development, and fair economies. 

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  • Blog
    Three Ways the Coronavirus is Shaping Sustainable Development

    Three Ways the Coronavirus is Shaping Sustainable Development

    This pandemic and the global recovery from it will impact the future of sustainable development. Here are three key themes that are emerging.

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    In Ensuring a Resilient Recovery, Will Canada Lead, Follow, or Be Left Behind?

    In Ensuring a Resilient Recovery, Will Canada Lead, Follow, or Be Left Behind?

    Canada must do more to fund a resilient recovery. IISD’s research into stimulus packages in Europe and Asia shows four areas of opportunity.

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    Financing COVID-19 Stimulus: Will high levels of public debt come back to haunt us?

    Financing COVID-19 Stimulus: Will high levels of public debt come back to haunt us?

    The majority of COVID-related stimulus financing comes from government borrowing. Can this debt be paid back? Is it even meant to be?

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    As COVID-19 Continues, Governments Must Shield Emergency Measures From Investor-State Arbitration

    As COVID-19 Continues, Governments Must Shield Emergency Measures From Investor-State Arbitration

    Governments need to be able to issue COVID-19 support packages without worrying about the possibility of facing a wave of arbitration.

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    How Can We Support Fisheries During the Pandemic?

    How Can We Support Fisheries During the Pandemic?

    We must aim to support businesses, incomes, and food security while creating a more sustainable future for fisheries.

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    Force Majeure and COVID-19: Legal risks of a double-edged sword

    Force Majeure and COVID-19: Legal risks of a double-edged sword

    This breifing note offers expert advice for governments on how to approach force majeure claims and defences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Resilient Recovery: Using climate adaptation plans to build back better

    Resilient Recovery: Using climate adaptation plans to build back better

    Though focused on climate change, National Adaptation Plans offer important assessments of the risks a country faces and can be valuable in devising comprehensive pandemic response strategies.

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    Building Back Better Is the Right Thing to Do. It Also Makes Good Economic Sense.

    Building Back Better Is the Right Thing to Do. It Also Makes Good Economic Sense.

    Canada must focus on building back better in order to set us on a path toward net-zero emissions and even greater economic growth.

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    We Can Prevent a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis if We Look Back and Learn

    We Can Prevent a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis if We Look Back and Learn

    The world now faces the risk of a dramatic rise in hunger, barely 12 years after the devastating food price crisis. What can be learned from the past?

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    Canada’s Task to Leave No One Behind During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Canada’s Task to Leave No One Behind During COVID-19 Pandemic

    In their COVID-19 responses, Canadian leaders are making public commitments to protect and prioritize vulnerable groups during the pandemic.

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