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from around the world supporting
change for a sustainable future


Formed in 2012, the Independent Research Forum (IRF) partnership brought together organisations working on sustainable development around the world. The project is now closed. This website is no longer updated, but allows access to IRF blogs and recent publications until December 2019 when it will also close.

•  Read more about how we helped to shape the 2030 agenda in our final blog
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Mandira Thakur
13 Jul 2015

Can green bonds help India meet growing energy demand sustainably, ask Mandira Thakur from IRF partner, Development Alternatives 

Kitty van der Heijden and Mathilde Bouyé
24 Jun 2015

The zero draft of the UN summit outcomes on the Sustainable Development Goals does credit to global discussions to date, but Kitty van der Heijden and Mathilde Bouyé from WRI find there is still scope for improvement.

Paula Lucci and Andrew Scott
22 Jun 2015

How do the Sustainable Development Goals relate to existing national targets? Paula Lucci and Andrew Scott from ODI warn report back on their study, Mind the Gap, looking at national targets in 75 countries.

Helena Wright
19 Jun 2015

Evidence suggests that changes to the climate could undermine efforts to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the world's Least Developed Countries.

Elizabeth Stuart
03 Jun 2015

The 'zero draft' text for the Sustainable Development Goals includes 17 goals and 169 targets but Elizabeth Stuart from ODI suggests there is still room for improvement.

Mandira Thakur
29 May 2015
Image shows waste dump outside a shopping mall in Delhi.

Sustainable consumption and production is inter-weaved into the Sustainable Development Goals, but realising this will require a deeper understanding of how societies consume and robust monitoring, argues Mandira Thakur from IRF2015 partner Development Alternatives.

Jonathan Reeves
04 May 2015
forest being cleared for cassava, Mozambique

As the UN Forum on Forests meeting gets underway in New York, IIED's Jonathan Reeves argues that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – particularly for forests – depends upon integration and compromise, and asks whether the political will exists to lay aside egos and break down institutional barriers.

Saleemul Huq
20 Apr 2015
Image show boat full of women going to fetch fresh water in Bangladesh

The post-2015 agenda sees four major strands of global decision-making come together. Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and a Senior Fellow in IIED's Climate Change group, explains why they are so important for the Least Developed Countries.

Cletus Springer
09 Apr 2015
Image shows man producing charcoal on the Caribbean island of Santa Lucia

How can small states with limited resources have an effective voice in the post-2015 negotiations?  Cletus Springer, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute’s (CANARI) Green Economy Advisor has been looking back at the Caribbean experience at the Rio summit in 1992 and finds that regional collaboration is key.

David Satterthwaite
01 Apr 2015

Ahead of the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, IIED’s David Satterthwaite highlights the disconnect that exists between the commitments made by national governments at international conferences and finance available for the (mostly local) institutions that can meet them.