SDG Knowledge Weekly: Cities and Infrastructure

By District Energy posted 04-12-2019 11:08


Adam Fishman, SGD Knowledge Hub


This edition of the SDG Knowledge Weekly looks at SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), with a focus on how infrastructure can undergird and support sustainable development as a whole, as well as sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11).

"Infrastructure influences nearly three-quarters of the SDG targets." 

An analysis published in Nature Sustainability describes how infrastructure can support sustainable development, noting that it forms “the backbone of every society” but “can also create harmful social and environmental impacts.” The paper, authored by staff from the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), University of Oxford, World Bank, UK Department for International Development (DFID), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), finds that infrastructure influences nearly three-quarters (72%) of the 169 SDG targets. It counts the interdependencies across infrastructure sectors vis-à-vis the SDGs, and sets out for a process for infrastructure prioritization to meet the SDGs based on existing infrastructure performance, scenario analysis and options appraisal, drivers of future infrastructure needs, and infrastructure planning and policies.

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