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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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  • Internet and Technology

    Internet and Technology

    Exploring the role of the Internet and supporting technologies, sector actors, applications and actions in sustainable development.

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  • Investment


    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

    Developing and applying measurement and assessment tools to navigate the path to sustainable development.

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  • Mining


    Developing laws and policies to ensure that mining projects contribute in a positive way to the social, economic and environmental development of the local community and host state.

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  • Natural and Social Capital

    Natural and Social Capital

    Linking people, places and planning for sustainability.

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  • Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance

    Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance

    Helping governments realize value-for-money across the life cycle of an asset, and not simply at the point of purchase.

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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.

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