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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank championing sustainable solutions to 21st century problems. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability.

Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today—ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic rules, a changing climate. Through research, analysis and knowledge sharing, we identify and champion sustainable solutions that make a difference. We report on international negotiations, conduct rigorous research, and engage citizens, businesses and policy-makers on the shared goal of developing sustainably.  

Established in 1990, IISD has offices in Canada, Switzerland and the United States, and our work impacts economies, communities, ecosystems and lives in nearly 100 countries. IISD is a registered charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States.

The Institute receives core and project funding support from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector. For more detail, view our annual report.

IISD’s work is organized around six programs and a core set of strategic goals. Our brochure provides a snapshot of our strategy and programs. 

Strategic Goals. Equity and a Healthy Planet