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About the Island Policy Lab

The IPL is passionately committed to finding solutions to the unique challenges faced by island nations, territories and other small island jurisdictions stemming from social, economic, environmental and natural resource factors.  The IPL is a partnership between the Small Island Developing States Unit of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) formed to address island specific development issues in alignment with the goals and aspiration of the SAMOA Pathway, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the UNFCCC Climate Accords and other multilateral agreements.  Starting in 2020, the IPL serves as the official Secretariat of the UN Universities Consortium of Small Island States.

Mission of the IPL

The mission of the IPL is to provide policymakers, corporate public and private leaders and the general public with data-driven and high quality analysis on sustainability issues in islands.  The IPL also provides a shared, open knowledge sharing and transfer platform to strengthen SIDS universities capacity and SIDS government policy interventions. It aims to bring the power of academic rigor to generate innovative and applied policy-based solutions to islands’ problems. 

Latest News

Announcement - IPL Director becomes new Editor-in- Chief of CESaRE

IPL Director Dr Kalim Shah has been nominated as a new Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE).

Webinar - Dr Kalim Shah speaks at the Guyana Basin Summit

Dr. Kalim Shah, IPL Director will speak at the Guyana Basin Summit on March 19th, 2021 at 1205 Om (Guyana Time).  Click on the link to register.

Webinar - Dr Kalim Shah speaks on Green Technologies, Industries and air pollution

Dr. Kalim Shah, IPL Director speaks at the  “Green Industries, Technologies and Air Pollution” webinar held by the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Ramphal Institute.  Click on the click to watch the webinar.

Publication - "Are Renewable Energy Technologies Competitive?" by GR Timilsina & Kalim Shah

Read our latest publication presented by Director Kalim Shah at the 2020 Intl Conference and Utility Exhibition on Energy, Environment and Climate Change in Pattaya, Thailand.

In the news - Director Dr Kalim Shah's article on moving business forward post-COVID

From the IPL’s ongoing collaborations with the business community on moving economic activity forward post-COVID, this is an article in the latest issue of the AMCHAM Trinidad and Tobago Linkage Magazine.

Webinar - Watch our last webinar on "Sustainable Energy Policy for Recovery of Island Economies"

Our webinar on “Sustainable Energy Policy for Recovery of Island Economies” held on November 12th is available.  Click on the link below to watch.

Webinar - Watch our webinar on "Technology & Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability"

Our webinar on “Technology & Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability” held on Sept 10th is now available on  YouTube.  Follow the link below.


Webinar – Technology & Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability

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The Island Policy Lab aims to finding solutions to the unique challenges faced by island nations.  We conduct research and run educational programs in a number of island nations.

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