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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. 

Industrial Policy

Supporting governments to decide when it makes sense to employ sustainable industrial policies and, if so, what tools to use in pursuing it.

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  • Innovative Technologies

    Innovative Technologies

    When it comes to achieving a sustainable world, it is critical to actively foster innovation within the sustainable development sector, as well as encouraging the adoption of new technologies from other sectors. This is how IISD is working to advance that goal.

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  • Investment for Sustainable Development

    Investment for Sustainable Development

    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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  • Investment Law and Policy Reform

    Investment Law and Policy Reform

    Investment treaties and the way disputes are settled under them­­—a process known as investor–state dispute settlement (ISDS)—are facing increasing scrutiny. A call for reform has therefore emerged...

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  • Investment Research and Resources

    Investment Research and Resources

    Investment Policy Best Practices Advisory Bulletins  Assessing the Impacts of Investment Treaties: Overview of the Evidence  Investment Treaties and Why They Matter to Sustainable...

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  • Just Transition

    Just Transition

    Energy transitions are about people: the ones who make the decisions and the ones affected by those decisions. A "just transition" approach ensures that the affected people are considered by those making decisions. 

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  • Measurement and Assessment

    Measurement and Assessment

    Effective sustainable development strategies and adaptive management require robust monitoring and assessment planning.

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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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  • Natural Infrastructure

    Natural Infrastructure

    Natural infrastructure is an area or system that is either naturally occurring or naturalized and then intentionally managed to provide multiple benefits for the environment and human well-being. IISD is working to advance the conversation around implementing and financing natural infrastructure in Canada.

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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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