COVID-19 and Resilient Recovery
The COVID-19 pandemic has been first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. Efforts to contain the virus and support those directly affected remain of utmost importance.
As thought leaders, it is our responsibility to look ahead and assess how the pandemic and the global recovery from it will affect the future of sustainable development.
In the months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, three things became crystal clear:
- Resilience is essential. The lack of planning and preparation for the outbreak has starkly demonstrated the importance of resilience: the ability for human systems to anticipate, cope, and adapt. Lessons learned from prior crises should be informing us now and accelerating efforts to build resilience in the face of climate change and other stressors.
- We must act on this moment to "build back better." As governments around the world implement support packages to keep individuals, businesses, and economies afloat, we must ensure these measures pave the way to a more sustainable economy and do not lock us further into a high-carbon future.
- Inequality is now magnified, offering a window for change. The pandemic has been an unprecedented global shock that has amplified the corrosive impact of inequality, hitting the poorest and those without social safety nets the hardest. We must create more sustainable and inclusive economic systems that can improve well-being overall.
Harnessing this moment to create a better, more sustainable world is our utmost priority today.
Task Force for a Resilient Recovery
Ensuring Canadian governments get the best advice on building a resilient economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sustainable Recovery 2020 Campaign
Advocating for public spending that minimizes impacts on nature, accounts for climate risks, improves social cohesion, and stimulates green innovation.
Energy Policy Tracker
Providing a detailed, real-world picture of the current state of support for different energy types in recovery packages around the world.
COVID-19 and Sustainable Development
Net-Zero: How should governments communicate about it?
Effectively communicating what net-zero means and entails should be a primary objective for governments to increase public support for climate policies.
How Can Renewables Help Us Through the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Richard Bridle, co-author of Achieving A Fossil-Free Recovery, explains why governments should put renewable energy at the heart of their recovery.
Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Taxation: Tools for a green recovery
Joachim Roth suggests two key ways to fund energy transitions during the COVID-19 recovery: fossil fuel subsidy reform and green taxation.
Achieving a Fossil-Free Recovery: Infographic
Governments must take action now to avoid catastrophic climate change. The International Institute for Sustainable Development has developed a blueprint of five steps for governments to achieve a fossil-free recovery.
In Search of Prosperity - Oil and Alberta's Future
What does the future look like for Canadian oil and gas? And how can decision-makers take action today to position Alberta, Newfoundland and other fossil-resource dependent economies to prosper?
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.
Cutting Emissions Through Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Taxation
Modelling the results of 32 countries shows that fossil fuel subsidy reform saves countries 6% of emissions on average while generating significant subsidy savings as co-benefits.
Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 12, Issue 2, June 2021
Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD's flagship journal on international investment law and policy.
New Statesman emissions tracker: the G7’s decarbonisation deficit
As world leaders head to Cornwall this week for the first G7 meeting in two years, Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to use the summit to “unite leading democracies to... create a greener, more prosperous future”.
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