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International Institute for Sustainable Development

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International Institute for Sustainable Development
International Institute for Sustainable Development logo.png
Legal statusRegistered charitable organization
PurposeSustainable development
  • 111 Lombard Avenue
President & CEO
Richard Florizone
Chair of the Board
Alan Young
Main organ
Executive Leadership Team
CAN $27 million (FY 2018)

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank founded in 1990. The institute has offices in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Geneva. It has over 100 staff and associates working in over 30 countries.

As a registered charitable organization in Canada, IISD has 501 (c) (3) status in the U.S.

Flagship Initiatives

IISD Experimental Lakes Area

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is a natural laboratory consisting of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research. Located in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, the lakes in the region are not affected by human impacts. By manipulating these small lakes, scientists are able to examine how all aspects of the ecosystem—from the atmosphere to fish populations—respond. Findings from these real-world experiments are often much more accurate than those from research conducted at smaller scales, such as in laboratories. IISD took over operation of the Experimental Lakes Area in 2014.

IISD Reporting Services

IISD Reporting Services (IISD-RS) provides independent coverage of intergovernmental policy-making efforts related to the environment and sustainable development, including daily reporting, analysis and photos of international environment and development negotiations and events. IISD Reporting Services’ flagship publication, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), aims to provide a balanced, timely and independent reporting of daily information regarding multilateral environmental and sustainable development negotiations. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin was first published during the preparations for the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and has been published on most follow-up negotiations since then. IISD-RS also reports on workshops and international fora that seek to contribute to intergovernmental policy making, and manages a suite of knowledgebases that report on activities that seek to contribute to or implement decisions taken at the intergovernmental policy making level.

Intergovernmental processes covered by Earth Negotiations Bulletin include: the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD); the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); the United Nations Forum on Forests; the chemicals conventions (Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam); the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES); the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS); and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The Earth Negotiations Bulletin archives link to all of the processes and ENB reports covered by IISD RS.

National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network

IISD hosts the Secretariat for the NAP Global Network, which was initiated by adaptation policy-makers and practitioners from 11 developing and developed countries in December 2014, based on the recognition that the NAP process will require sustained dialogue and coordination to leverage and learn from each other’s approaches, experiences and programs. It aims to enhance national adaptation planning and action in developing countries through coordination of bilateral support and in-country actors. The Network also facilitates international peer learning and exchange. It brings together individuals and institutions representing developing country adaptation policymakers and bilateral development agencies.

SDG Knowledge Hub

The SDG Knowledge Hub is an online resource center for news and commentary regarding the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDG Knowledge Hub was launched in October 2016 and contains news, original commentary from IISD experts, and guest articles. The SDG Knowledge Hub also provides a calendar of upcoming events related to the 2030 Agenda.

Its coverage of the 2030 Agenda “pays particular attention to efforts to advance global consensus on strategies for progress, the engagement of communities and stakeholders in implementing the SDGs, emerging challenges in reaching the SDGs and their targets, approaches to managing synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs within the SDG framework, and the quality of follow-up and review of efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda around the world.

“[Its] news and commentary also explore the context for these endeavors: the strength of multilateralism and the fitness of the UN to secure the future envisioned for 2030 and beyond.”

State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI)

The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) provides information to support sustainable production and consumption, with a focus on agricultural commodity sectors. It does this by examining the characteristics and performance of voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, with the aim of enhancing their effectiveness as tools for sustainable development.[1]


  1. ^ "Home | State of Sustainability Initiatives". Retrieved 2021-02-04.

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