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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. 


Reforming the rules and institutions that govern international investment flows to help developing countries attract the sort of investment that promotes sustainable development.

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  • Measurement and Assessment

    Measurement and Assessment

    IISD works to develop, enhance and apply measurement and assessment tools and processes to navigate the path to sustainable development, focusing on where we are, where we may be headed and what our options are.

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  • Mining


    IISD's mining work optimizes the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship through the development of laws and policies.

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  • Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance

    Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance

    Governments spend between 12 and 30 per cent of their GDP buying goods, services and infrastructure. IISD helps policy makers and public procurers realize value-for-money across the life cycle of an asset to benefit industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology transfer.

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  • Standards


    Working with the private sector, civil society and governments to cultivate best practice, innovation and market growth related to sustainability standards. 

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  • Subsidies


    Leading the effort to reform subsidies that hold us back from sustainable development.

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  • Sustainable Development

    Sustainable Development

    Sustainable development is 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.

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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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  • Trade


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

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