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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. 

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  • Blog
    Three Ways the Coronavirus is Shaping Sustainable Development

    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.

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  • Blog
    Green Recovery Know-How From the Nordics

    Green Recovery Know-How From the Nordics

    Nordic countries are well recognized for combining healthy economic growth with strong social and environmental policies. What's their secret to a green recovery?

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  • Policy Brief
    COVID-19 and Food Export Restrictions: Comparing today’s situation to the 2007/08 price spikes

    COVID-19 and Food Export Restrictions: Comparing today’s situation to the 2007/08 price spikes

    This policy brief draws on the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI’s) COVID-19 Food Trade Policy Tracker to compare how governments have reacted to the current crisis with how they did during the 2007/08 food price spike.

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  • Policy Brief
    Could Food Export Restrictions Worsen a Looming Food Crisis?

    Could Food Export Restrictions Worsen a Looming Food Crisis?

    This policy brief draws on analysis in the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI’s) COVID-19 Food Trade Policy Tracker to examine how food-importing countries could be affected by recent measures to restrict exports.

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    World Leaders Must Play Their Part in Rethinking Trade so It Can Help Us “Build Back Better”

    World Leaders Must Play Their Part in Rethinking Trade so It Can Help Us “Build Back Better”

    While the question of who will lead the WTO is important, political leaders must also renew their commitment to working together if trade is to contribute to a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient world.

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    Solving Our Food Crisis Requires a Fundamental Transformation of the System

    Solving Our Food Crisis Requires a Fundamental Transformation of the System

    Global food supply is at an all-time high, yet so is hunger and malnutrition. The right policy changes can account for such complexity and set us on a sustainable path, but we must act now.

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    Sustainability-linked Bonds: A new way to finance COVID-19 stimulus

    Sustainability-linked Bonds: A new way to finance COVID-19 stimulus

    Sustainability-linked bonds can play a vital role for investors seeking to allocate capital toward COVID-19-related relief or recovery measures.

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    G20 Recovery Packages Benefit Fossil Fuels More Than Clean Energy

    G20 Recovery Packages Benefit Fossil Fuels More Than Clean Energy

    Are we building back better? EnergyPolicyTracker.org features weekly updated analysis of COVID-19 policy responses from a climate and energy perspective.

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  • Commentary
    Foreign Investment in Decline: An opportunity for more responsible and sustainable food systems

    Foreign Investment in Decline: An opportunity for more responsible and sustainable food systems

    UNCTAD predicted last month that COVID-19 would cause a 40% drop in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2020. Developing regions will be the worst hit given their heavy reliance on extractive industries and global value chains, which have been impacted by the pandemic. A dramatic drop in FDI could worsen the situation and lead to a race to the bottom as low- and middle-income countries compete for dwindling levels of FDI in agriculture.

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    Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada

    Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada

    Endorsed by Canada's leading environmental groups, this paper sets out seven "green strings" recommendations: key principles, criteria and conditionalities to apply to government measures to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19.

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