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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
    How COVID-19 Could Impact the Clean Energy Transition

    How COVID-19 Could Impact the Clean Energy Transition

    Peter Wooders and Ivetta Gerasimchuk met virtually to discuss the impact that COVID-19 could have on the clean energy transition, from renewables to fossil fuel subsidies.

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    COVID-19 Shows How Canada Needs to Prepare for the Next Crisis

    COVID-19 Shows How Canada Needs to Prepare for the Next Crisis

    As communities across Canada grapple with the deadly and damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a rare window right now into how important it is to prepare for a crisis.

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  • Commentary
    Protecting Against Investor–State Claims Amidst COVID-19: A call to action for governments

    Protecting Against Investor–State Claims Amidst COVID-19: A call to action for governments

    This commentary takes stock of emergency measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and provides governments with options for avoiding a surge of investor-state claims challenging those measures.

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    Economic Stimulus Should Reward Front Runners on Sustainable Development

    Economic Stimulus Should Reward Front Runners on Sustainable Development

    How can we ensure COVID-19 stimulus packages include targets on environmental performance, social cohesion, and economic governance?  

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    Mining Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19

    Mining Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. The level and type of relief required will vary by sector, and company, which is why IGF and ATAF have prepared this guide in English, French, and Spanish for resource-rich developing countries specifically.

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    We Need a Global Stimulus Package to Avoid a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis

    We Need a Global Stimulus Package to Avoid a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis

    The loss of income for billions of people could be the most devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's directly connected to a pending hunger crisis.

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    Postponing Major Environmental Summits Is The Right Thing To Do

    Postponing Major Environmental Summits Is The Right Thing To Do

    The decision to delay conferences in light of COVID-19 will not only protect public health, it may also lead to more equitable governance.

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    Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Give the 2020 Environmental Agenda a Much-Needed Boost?

    Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Give the 2020 Environmental Agenda a Much-Needed Boost?

    COVID-19 has changed everything. But if we take the right steps and trust science, there's potential for a lot of good to happen.

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  • Commentary
    Help Canada’s workers now—but don’t lock us into a high-carbon future

    Help Canada’s workers now—but don’t lock us into a high-carbon future

    Instead of a bailout for Canada's oil and gas sector, government and industry should pursue investments that will help develop new energy solutions and markets: IISD's Richard Florizone in The Hill Times.

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    COVID-19: How to fight disease outbreaks with data

    COVID-19: How to fight disease outbreaks with data

    We can analyze data across the world to identify and predict disease outbreaks. But synthesizing and standardizing it at a global level is a complicated task.

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