Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI)


Name of initiative Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2005
End year
Secretariat IISD, Global Subsidies Initiative, International Envoronment House 29, CHEMIN DE BALEXERT, OFFICE 5-53, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland, Phone: +41 22 917-8683
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation International Institute for Sustainable Development
Type of lead organisation Academic/Research institution
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Canada


Description Established in 2005 by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) is dedicated to analyzing subsidies transfers of public money to private interests and how they support or undermine efforts to achieve sustainable development.
Objectives To encourage individual governments to undertake unilateral reforms on subsidy policy where these would deliver clear economic, environmental and social benefits and to generate a consensus in the World Trade Organization and in other forums on the need to take resolute, ongoing and systematic action to reduce or eliminate subsidies that are both trade-distorting and undermine sustainable development.
Activities Research, Publication
One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge production and innovation, Awareness raising and outreach, Advocacy, Policy planning and recommendations, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
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Participants Number Names
Members 0  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0 The GSI has received project funding from numerous governments,  United Nations agencies,  and foundations. The GSIs current research into fossil-fuel subsidies is supported by the governments of Denmark,  Norway,  New Zealand,  Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The GSI has also been contracted for specific projects by Greenpeace,  Nestle,  the OECD,  OPEC,  UNEP,  and the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade (NCCR). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation also contributes funding for research and communications activities. Funding to support the GSI is managed through IISD,  registered as a charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States.
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 15 September 2020 18:14:11

Not only have national states as participators