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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Blog
    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    Financial sector technology could help as cities struggle with waste. Read More
  • Blog
    The Multiple Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

    The Multiple Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

    We explain exactly what natural infrastructure is and all the multiple benefits that it brings to humans and to the environment. Read More
  • Blog
    Climate at the Crossroads

    Climate at the Crossroads

    It began and ended with two new cabinets and two new words: climate change.

    They were added to the title of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau... Read More

  • Blog
    Lack of competition with new GBP 600 million public procurement deal between the U.K. and Amazon may cost taxpayers

    Lack of competition with new GBP 600 million public procurement deal between the U.K. and Amazon may cost taxpayers

    An online one-stop shop is a great opportunity for sustainable procurement, but the Yorkshire–Amazon example holds some cautionary notes. Read More
  • Blog
    Best City Lists Keep Data—and People—in the Dark

    Best City Lists Keep Data—and People—in the Dark

    The best city list ranks 140 cities globally, but factors of methodology and cost for data are limiting factors in realizing the full benefit of such an index. Read More
  • Annual Report
    A Force for Action: IISD Annual Report 2017-2018

    A Force for Action: IISD Annual Report 2017-2018

    IISD's annual report for 2017-2018. Read More
  • Blog
    #G20takeaction now: Civil society organizations call for G20 governments to end subsidies to fossil fuels

    #G20takeaction now: Civil society organizations call for G20 governments to end subsidies to fossil fuels

    At the C20 Summit (on the G20 agenda), Vibhuti Garg presented on Addressing the Challenges for Global Energy Transition towards Climate Compatible Future. Read More
  • Report
    Green Conflict Minerals: The fuels of conflict in the transition to a low-carbon economy

    Green Conflict Minerals: The fuels of conflict in the transition to a low-carbon economy

    This reports seeks to understand how the transition to a low-carbon economy—and the minerals and metals required to make that shift—could affect fragility, conflict and violence dynamics in mineral-rich states. Read More
  • Discussion Paper
    A Dialogue on a Just and Managed Transition to a Paris-Aligned Low-Carbon Future

    A Dialogue on a Just and Managed Transition to a Paris-Aligned Low-Carbon Future

    The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Oil Change International (OCI) hosted a Chatham House Rule round table discussion on Canada's energy transition in May 2018. This discussion paper highlights key outcomes from this round table for the purposes of informing continuing conversation. Read More
  • Commentary
    International Energy Charter Draft Model Investment Dispute Prevention and Management Protocol

    International Energy Charter Draft Model Investment Dispute Prevention and Management Protocol

    IISD legal analysis of the draft Model Investment Dispute Prevention and Management Protocol developed by International Energy Charter Secretariat. Read More