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DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development - Links of interest


  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development is a non-profit, non-governmental research institute demonstrating how human ingenuity can sustainably improve the development of our global environment, economy and society. Our research, expert analysis and policy recommendations provide the knowledge needed by all citizens of the world working towards sustainable development. Based in Winnipeg, IISD works in Canada and internationally through our offices in Geneva, Ottawa and New York. In addition, our staff and associates are positioned throughout the world conducting research and providing expert knowledge and analysis.
  • International Institute for Environment and Development
  • The International Institute for Environment and Development is a global leader in sustainable development. As an independent international research organisation, we are specialists in linking local to global. In Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, we work with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions. The IIED mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others.
  • International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
  • The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) was established in Geneva in September 1996 to contribute to a better understanding of development and environment concerns in the context of international trade. As an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation, ICTSD engages a broad range of actors in ongoing dialogue about trade and sustainable development. With a wide network of governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental partners, ICTSD plays a unique systemic role as a provider of original, non-partisan reporting and facilitation services at the intersection of international trade and sustainable development.
  • International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
  • European Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
  • Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
  • The mission of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) is to promote sustainable societies and the protection of ecosystems by advancing the understanding, development and implementation of international sustainable development law. The CISDL is engaged in six primary areas of sustainable development law research, each of which is led by a CISDL Lead Counsel based at a developing or developed country law faculty or international organisation. These include: Trade, investment and competition law; Sustainable developments in natural resources law; Biodiversity law; Climate change and vulnerability law; Human rights and poverty eradication in sustainable development law; and Health in sustainable development law.
  • Sustainable Development Communications Network
  • The Sustainable Development Communications Network (SDCN) is a group of leading civil society organizations seeking to accelerate the implementation of sustainable development through broader, integrated information and communications about what we know. The SDCN functions as a knowledge network. It is a virtual organization with limited membership and a formal governance structure, which functions in an open, collaborative manner. It maintains a focused mission and action agenda in order to improve its efficiency, but interacts with other networks and initiatives to ensure its effectiveness. It strives to add value to information to make it more relevant to decision-makers.
  • Stakeholder Forum
  • Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future is an international multi-stakeholder organisation working on sustainable development; supporting the increased involvement of stakeholders in international and national governance processes. The organisation played a key role in the preparations for and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. It is the lead organisation in the development and facilitating of multi-stakeholder processes for sustainable development.
  • CONAMA Foundation
  • The CONAMA Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was created in 2000 by the Official College of Physicians, with the protectorate of the Ministry of Environment. CONAMA’s main aim is to organise the National Congress of the Environment, to promote the sustainable development.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students.
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • SEI is an independent international research institute. We have been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for more than a quarter of a century. The Institute was formally established in 1989 by the Swedish Government and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2009. SEI has established a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development. Our goal is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy. We do this by providing integrated analysis that supports decision makers.
  • Worldwatch Institute
  • The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. The Institute's three main program areas include Climate & Energy, Food & Agriculture, and the Green Economy. Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.
  • Greenpeace
  • Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by: catalysing an energy revolution; defending our oceans; protecting the world’s ancient forests; working for disarmament and peace; creating a toxic free future; and campaigning for sustainable.
  • Nature Action
  • Nature Foundation is a pioneering non-profit Spanish NGO exclusively devoted to the protection, improvement and restoration of natural ecosystems. Since 1997 we have carried out more than 70 studies as well as many environmental restoration and conservation projects. Politically and economically independent, Nature Action promotes dialogue, consensus and the participation of the whole society in our projects. We work in a constructive and non-belligerent manner which has encouraged many people, authorities and companies to support our initiatives
  • Friends of the Earth - International
  • Friends of the Earth - Europe
  • Friends of the Earth - Spain
  • Friends of the World is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 77 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.