Changes in policy can move slowly, but public opinion can change overnight. For ideas to take root, they need to appeal to people’s hearts as well as minds.
Having solutions to the world’s greatest challenges isn’t enough; IISD has to get these solutions out into the world in a way that prompts dialogue, action, and lasting change.
To do this, we focus on expanding and deepening our reach, collaborating with new partners, and challenging the status quo.
This includes engaging the Canadian public on the importance of freshwater sustainability; extending the reach and impact of the world-renowned Earth Negotiations Bulletin; and empowering communities to define and track progress toward sustainability through a global network of community platforms.
Sustainable Development Goals
This global agenda aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Human activity—from pollutants to climate change—is threatening the health of our planet's precious freshwater resources. That's where we come in.
COVID-19 and Resilient Recovery
How will the COVID-19 pandemic and the global recovery from it affect the future of sustainable development?
The IISD Experimental Lakes Area is proud to be working and engaging with its Indigenous neighbours.
Earth Negotiations Bulletin
A neutral, authoritative and up-to-the-minute record of ongoing multilateral negotiations on environment and sustainable development.
Working with communities around the world to turn local data into action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Stocktake Needs to Send a Strong Message on Adaptation
Concluding at COP 28, the inaugural global stocktake sheds light on our collective progress toward reaching the Paris Agreement’s goals. What signals should it send to countries to strengthen adaptation and resilience in the next 5 years?
Hackathon encourages collaboration, communication
On Oct. 23, the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Experimental Lakes Area launched its 2023 Hackathon at the University of Winnipeg, an exercise in environmental problem-solving for students and "nerds" of all technical expertise, which runs until Nov. 6. Teams of hackers, working virtually, will attempt to resolve problems related to the geographical scale of research, guideline limitations, and more—but each issue always circles back to improving freshwater lab work and monitoring across the country.
IISD Annual Report 2022–2023
At IISD, we’ve been working for more than three decades to create a world where people and the planet thrive. As the climate crisis unfolds on our doorsteps and irreversible tipping points loom, our team has been focused more than ever on impact.
Africa Steps Up to Reshape International Tax Rules
As new technologies, shifting demographics, and climate change affect the global economy, tax rules are getting reformed. African policy-makers are seizing the opportunity to push for a fairer system.
Public Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation
This report provides an introduction to public engagement on climate change adaptation for decision-makers involved in leading national adaptation plan (NAP) processes.
From the UN 2023 Water Conference to the HLPF: Time for a radical shift in perspective on water
Coming on the heels of a landmark UN 2023 Water Conference held in March, what should governments, practitioners, scientists, and civil society keep in mind as we use the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to review where we are on SDG 6 and where we are heading?
Mainstreaming gender in climate change adaptation in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana
But in gender-responsive adaptation planning, understanding the impacts is only half the battle. It also requires forming gender-equitable decision-making processes around adaptation, including at the national level. Since 2018, IISD has been helping to drive steady progress in integrating gender considerations in NAP processes. Among the NAPs submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as of March 2023, 98% mention gender and approximately half recognize women as agents of change in climate change adaptation.
Other related topics
Governance and Multilateral Agreements
The frameworks that govern economies and our ecosystems touch every aspect of our lives—and have implications for sustainable, inclusive development.
Measurement, Assessment, and Modelling
Navigating the sustainability transition requires instruments that tell us where we are, where we are headed, and what our options are.
Technology and Innovation
When it comes to achieving a sustainable future for all, we cannot merely rely on tried-and-tested formulas. We need to think outside the box and get innovative.