SDG #9: Innovation and Infrastructure

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#9 Innovation and Infrastructure

The objective for this goal is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. Targets are set to provide regional and trans-border infrastructure and affordable and equitable access to such services for all. It maintains that raising industry’s share of employment and GDP should come at no unnecessary cost to the environment, and that operations are performed under an environmentally sustainable perspective. This may mean upgrading existing infrastructure and retrofitting industries with…

  • Increased resource-use efficiency
  • Greater adoptions of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes
  • Conducive environment to enable policies in diversification

Enhancing scientific research is paramount here. This includes a target aiming to encourage innovation and increasing research/development workers per 1 million. Domestic technological development is another objective under this goal such as increasing universal access to information and communication technologies.

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Targets included in this goal:


Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all


Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries


Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets


By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities


Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending


Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States


Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities


Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020

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