UN Global Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Solutions Journalism Network

Investments in sustainable industrial development and resilient infrastructure are indispensable components of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. However, for industrialization to be sustainable, economic growth must be decoupled from environmental impact. This requires significant investments in research and the development of alternatives.

The targets for Goal 9 include:

  • Developing infrastructure that is reliable, resilient, and sustainable in support of economic development and equitable access.
  • Promoting sustainable and inclusive industrialization while raising the share of industry in the global GDP.
  • Supporting small-scale enterprises, especially through financial services such as credit.
  • Investing in innovations, especially in developing countries, to boost sustainable economic development.
  • Increasing Internet access, and especially striving to ensure that those living in least developed countries have affordable access to the Internet by 2020.

The stories in this collection teach us about building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and fostering innovation. We learn about how one researcher in India has helped pave thousands of kilometers of roads with discarded plastic, tackling problems of both waste and development. 

Across the globe, in the Amazon, we see the region’s first solar powered public transport system—one that travels by river. We also travel to Michigan, where researchers are using the radio frequency spectrum to beam high-speed internet to under served communities. Read on to discover how!

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