Sustainable development is about promoting the health and wellbeing of the environment, economy and people. It means helping us all live and work in a way that doesn't threaten our planet and society now or in the future.

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is a Canadian-based, public policy research institute that has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research into sustainable development.


As a new generation of leaders in the field of sustainable development emerges, it is imperative that their knowledge and passion is efficiently and effectively channeled into managing the critical issues: reducing CO2 emissions, mechanisms to ensure reliable and sustainable food and water supply, plans for protecting and enhancing biodiversity, pollution prevention and clean-up, and harnessing the power of the market for sustainable development.

Dagmar Timmer, Carolee Buckler and Heather Creech  from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Canadian-based, public policy research institute, produced an interesting paper titled Supporting the Next Generation of Sustainability Leadership. The paper presents the results of IISD’s 2008 survey of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) members’ training programs for ages 20-35. It served as the foundation document for a workshop with the same title at IUCN Congress 2008 aimed at exploring collaborative possibilities to shape future training programs by reviewing existing programs, highlighting key issues and identifying the possible next steps.

Attached paper, 50 pages, copyright: IISD