The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. Efforts to contain the virus and support those directly impacted are of utmost importance. At IISD, that means our first focus has been on the health and safety of our staff and our own effort to flatten the curve.
As leaders, it is also our responsibility to look ahead and assess how the pandemic and the global recovery from it will impact the future of sustainable development.
Recent COVID-19 Coverage from the SDG Knowledge Hub
Coronavirus and its Impact on the SDGs
Our views are shaped by IISD’s threefold mission to advance a stable climate, sustainable resource development, and fair economies.
Three Ways the Coronavirus is Shaping Sustainable Development
This pandemic and the global recovery from it will impact the future of sustainable development. Here are three key themes that are emerging.Read More
As COVID-19 Continues, Governments Must Shield Emergency Measures From Investor-State Arbitration
Governments need to be able to issue COVID-19 support packages without worrying about the possibility of facing a wave of litigation.Read More
How Can We Support Fisheries During the Pandemic?
We must aim to support businesses, incomes, and food security while creating a more sustainable future for fisheries.Read More
Force Majeure and COVID-19: Legal risks of a double-edged sword
This breifing note offers expert advice for governments on how to approach force majeure claims and defences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
Resilient Recovery: Using climate adaptation plans to build back better
Though focused on climate change, National Adaptation Plans offer important assessments of the risks a country faces and can be valuable in devising comprehensive pandemic response strategies.Read More
Building Back Better Is the Right Thing to Do. It Also Makes Good Economic Sense.
Canada must focus on building back better in order to set us on a path toward net-zero emissions and even greater economic growth.Read More
We Can Prevent a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis if We Look Back and Learn
The world now faces the risk of a dramatic rise in hunger, barely 12 years after the devastating food price crisis. What can be learned from the past?Read More
Canada’s Task to Leave No One Behind During COVID-19 Pandemic
In their COVID-19 responses, Canadian leaders are making public commitments to protect and prioritize vulnerable groups during the pandemic.Read More
How COVID-19 Could Impact the Clean Energy Transition
Peter Wooders and Ivetta Gerasimchuk met virtually to discuss the impact that COVID-19 could have on the clean energy transition, from renewables to fossil fuel subsidies.Read More
COVID-19 Shows How Canada Needs to Prepare for the Next Crisis
As communities across Canada grapple with the deadly and damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a rare window right now into how important it is to prepare for a crisis.Read More