International Institute for Sustainable Development

Founding Year: 1990

Staff: 120

Budget: $26.3m

Jane McDonald (Interim CEO and President)

It champions sustainable development solutions to 21st-century problems with a goal to achieve “better living for all—sustainably.” To this end, it conducts research to foster innovation enabling societies to live sustainably.

In their words: “Since it was first articulated in the Brundtland Commission’s Our Common Future report in 1987, sustainable development has never been superseded by a more compelling or universally-acceptable expression of humanity’s shared goals. At its simplest level, any form of development that is not sustainable contains the seeds of its own destruction. For development to be sustainable, it must not only generate wealth: it must also advance social justice, reduce and eventually eliminate poverty, and remain within the limits imposed by ecosystem and resource resilience.” The list of relevant topics includes adaptive planning, climate change mitigation, environment and peacebuilding, food security, foresight and scenarios, gender, investment, subsidies, sustainable electricity systems, trade, and mining.


  • Economic Law & Policy – Focuses on areas of economic policy-making essential to development
  • Resilience – Works with governments, civil society, communities and businesses to help them manage climate- and conflict-related risks.
  • SDG Knowledge – Provides information and analysis that supports the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the 17 SDGs.
  • Energy – Offers practical guidance to help authorities choose the right system of electricity generation and reduce consumption of fossil-based transport fuels, and to implement international climate change commitments.
  • Water – Experts in large-basin management, and addressing complex nexus issues such as the interactions between watersheds and climate change, or water, energy and food.



  • Earth Negotiations Bulletin – Their flagship publication that strives to be a balanced, timely and independent reporting service on United Nations environment and development negotiations.


S.No. Title Organization Publication Date Page Number Report Link Download

State of Global Environmental Governance 2023

International Institute for Sustainable Development March 12, 2024 38 Link Download

On Behalf of My Delegation

International Institute for Sustainable Development December 4, 2023 156 Link Download

2022 IGF Annual Report

International Institute for Sustainable Development June 1, 2023 30 Link Download

State of Global Environmental Governance 2022

International Institute for Sustainable Development February 15, 2023 32 Link Download

International Institute for Sustainable Development contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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