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Geneva Green Guide

International Institute for Sustainable Development

European Office
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), European Office
International Environment House 2 9 chemin de Balexert
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
(+41 22) 917 86 83
(+41 22) 917 80 54

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) contributes to sustainable development by formulating policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurements and indicators, and natural resources management. By using Internet communications, IISD reports on international negotiations and brokers knowledge gained through collaborative projects with global partners, resulting in more rigorous research, capacity-building in developing countries and improved dialogue between North and South.

IISD’s vision is better living for all – sustainably. Its mission is to champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably. IISD receives operating grant support from the Government of Canada, provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Environment Canada, and from the Province of Manitoba. The Institute receives project funding from the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, other national governments, UN agencies, foundations and the private sector. IISD is registered as a charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c) (3) status in the US.

Non-governmental and business organizations
1999 (European Office), 1990 (Headquarters)
16 in the European Office, 200 worldwide
European Representative: Mark Halle

The European Office was established in 1999 as the base for IISD’s programme on international trade and investment, and for building links with European institutions and the business sector. Its research in Geneva focuses on trade, investment, environmental security, climate change, civil society and IISD’s relations with international organizations.


IISD’s partners include UNEP, IUCN, ICTSD, CASIN and many others in Europe and globally.


Trade, Aid and Security: An Agenda for Peace and Development; Conserving the Peace: Resources, Livelihoods and Security; Private Rights, Public Problems: A Guide to NAFTA’s Chapter on Investor Rights; Lessons Learned on Trade and Sustainable Development; The State of Trade Environmental Law; etc. See the website.

trade & environment
capacity building
economic instruments