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IISD's work covers a broad sweep of strategies, tools and policy advice needed to respond effectively to today's environmental, economic and social challenges. 

Sustainable Development

The concept of sustainable development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Learn more about the topic of sustainable development from IISD's experts and the work being done.

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  • Sustainable Development Goals

    Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals are a global roadmap to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Discover how IISD research, analysis and knowledge products relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Sustainable Electricity Systems

    Sustainable Electricity Systems

    To ensure sustainable energy supplies, countries assess green and brown investments across their economic, environmental and social outcomes. Fiscal policy reform, coal phase-outs and a just transition for workers and economies are integral to a sustainable energy pathway.

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  • Sustainable Infrastructure

    Sustainable Infrastructure

    Sustainable infrastructure is the development of roads, buildings, energy and water infrastructure, but requires careful consideration due to the enormous impacts to the well-being of people and the planet in terms of sustainability.

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  • Trade


    IISD focuses on national and international policies to ensure that trade fosters sustainable development

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  • Voluntary Sustainability Standards

    Voluntary Sustainability Standards

    With more than 400 voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) across the globe, these VSSs operate as guidelines for producing, selling and purchasing products in a sustainable manner. 

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  • Water Science and Policy

    Water Science and Policy

    Today, more than ever, robust science must inform policy. IISD Experimental Lakes Area's 50 years' of unique freshwater science strongly shapes our policy work on how to keep our water supplies across the globe. Learn more.

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  • Water-Energy-Food Security

    Water-Energy-Food Security

    Our work on water-energy-food (WEF) security informs and facilitates decisions related to three critical aspects of human security. Learn more about how we help implement WEF approaches in the context of agriculture and mining development.

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  • Watersheds and the Bioeconomy

    Watersheds and the Bioeconomy

    A bioeconomy turns underutilized plant sources, such as wetland plants and agricultural residues, into local, organic sources of energy, plastics and chemicals. Learn more about our work making the most of what wetlands provide for us naturally.

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