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Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development


The Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD - Institute of the Francophonie for Sustainable Development) is a subsidiary body of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF - International Organization of the Francophonie) headquartered in Quebec City, Canada.

Originally named "Institut de l’Énergie des Pays ayant en commun l’usage du Français" (IEPF – Energy Institute of Countries with French as a common language), the IFDD was founded in 1988 following the 11th Summit of the Francophonie held in Quebec City in 1987. It was created following the global energy crises from a desire of heads of state and government for cooperative action to develop the energy sector in member countries. In 1996, the Institute took the resolutions of the Rio Earth Summit 1992 as the major guide for its action and became the Institut de l’énergie et de l’environnement de la Francophonie (Energy and Environment Institute of the French-speaking World) And in 2013, following the Rio+20 Conference, it was renamed Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable.

Its mission is to contribute to:

  • training and capacity-building in sustainable development of various categories of development players in French-speaking countries in the energy and environment sectors

  • support for development players in initiatives to prepare and implement sustainable development programmes

  • the promotion of the sustainable development approach in French-speaking countries

  • the development of partnerships in the various economic and social development sectors, mainly environment and energy, for sustainable development

The action of the IFDD falls within mission D “Sustainable development, economy and solidarity” and Strategic Objective 7 “Contributing to the development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals”, of the Francophonie’s strategic framework.

In particular, the Institute is assuming, in partnership with other units of the OIF, the leadership of the implementation of the following two initiatives contained in the OIF’s 2015-2018 programme:

  • to increase the capacity of targeted countries to develop and implement regional, national and local sustainable development strategies that are inclusive, participatory and results oriented;

  • strengthen the capacity of Francophone players to actively participate in international negotiations and decisions on the economy, the environment and sustainable development, as well as in their implementation