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Sustainable development is an investment issue. Capital is needed to alleviate poverty, create jobs, accelerate the clean energy transition and allow for the development of much-needed infrastructure to provide goods and services for all. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important source of that capital.

But investment does not come without risks. How can we ensure investments are made responsibly, without harming people, the environment or the local economy?

IISD works with governments and civil society to develop and improve legal and policy tools focusing on the critical linkage between investment and sustainable development. We look for and provide new approaches to ensure that investment law and policy advance environmentally sound investment that generates broad socioeconomic benefits. In particular, IISD experts examine how the rules and institutions that govern international investment flows can be improved to benefit developing countries.

  • Policy Brief
    Weighing up the Environmental Cooperation Agreement under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement

    Weighing up the Environmental Cooperation Agreement under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement

    Trade agreements can have important environmental effects. We take a look at what’s old, what’s new and what’s noteworthy in the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement when it comes to the environment.

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  • Blog
    Davos, Sustainable Development and an Open Mind

    Davos, Sustainable Development and an Open Mind

    What did a sustainable development professional take away from mingling with the billionaires, world leaders, technocrats and financiers of Davos?

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  • Report
    Leveraging Sustainable Finance Leadership in Canada: Opportunities to align financial policies to support clean growth and a sustainable Canadian economy

    Leveraging Sustainable Finance Leadership in Canada: Opportunities to align financial policies to support clean growth and a sustainable Canadian economy

    Our policy roadmap shares how mandatory climate risk disclosure and actions by the Canadian government and financial actors can empower meaningful climate action.

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  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2018

    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2018

    Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.

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  • Blog
    Why Climate Risk Disclosure is Key to a Sustainable Economy

    Why Climate Risk Disclosure is Key to a Sustainable Economy

    It will take significant private sector investment for Canada (and the world) to reach the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement. An important first step to securing that investment is making sure climate risk disclosure becomes mandatory.

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  • Blog
    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How the ECOWAS Parliamentary Network fosters food security, women’s empowerment and investment in agriculture.

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  • Commentary
    Reply to Public Consultation on Canada's International Investment Agreements (FIPAs)

    Reply to Public Consultation on Canada's International Investment Agreements (FIPAs)

    The Canadian government launched a public consultation on Canada’s foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs) on August 14, 2018. This commentary outlines IISD's reply.

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  • Blog
    Trade Wars Turning Into Investment Wars: Will sustainable development suffer?

    Trade Wars Turning Into Investment Wars: Will sustainable development suffer?

    While the U.S.–China trade war rages on and captures headlines, a U.S.–China investment war is emerging. Will sustainable development be the ultimate loser?

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  • Blog
    Sustainable Finance Key to Low-Carbon Economic Transition

    Sustainable Finance Key to Low-Carbon Economic Transition

    Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance released its interim report yesterday with a clear message that harnessing the country’s financial assets is essential for a successful low-carbon transition.

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  • Blog
    Burkina Faso Adopts a New Agricultural Investment Code: How does it contribute to sustainable development?

    Burkina Faso Adopts a New Agricultural Investment Code: How does it contribute to sustainable development?

    The strengths and growth potential of Burkina Faso's new Agricultural Investment Code.

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