GGPoster-9InnovationInfrastructureTo help us explain Global Goal 9 to you, we want to introduce one of the important, but lesser known, agencies of the United Nations. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is a specialized agency of the UN that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, and they are determined to take its part in facilitating with the successful implementation of the SDGs or Sustainable Development Goals.

The mandate of the Organization is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to achieve shared prosperity and environmental sustainability around the world. The concept of ISID is included in the SDGs, namely Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

UNIDO’s mandate echoes SDG9, but also aligns with many other development goals, including those related to poverty eradication, creating full and productive employment, protecting the environment, achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, etc.

Existing energy infrastructure, based on large-scale power grids, fails more than 1.3 billion people who live without access to a reliable source of energy. Ninety-five percent of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa or developing Asia. Eighty-four percent live in rural areas. At Business Connect, we believe addressing this gap is critical for global development as we seek to deliver life-enhancing “green” products to the poorest people of the world. Without access to energy, people cannot access decent health care, education or communications. Economic development and productivity is hindered and the potential to start up small businesses is reduced. Women, who make up a disproportionate percentage of those living in rural areas, are hit particularly hard.

Both private and public actors should increase investment in research and development to focus on solving the challenges facing the two billion living in a way that guarantees a sustainable future for all. Today’s innovation efforts are skewed. The vast amount of research today addresses the needs of wealthy consumers and producers. For example, only 10 percent of worldwide expenditure on health research is spent on problems that affect 90 percent of the world’s population.

At the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25th, UN Member States will adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals. The SDGs are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN Member States are expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001 and are due to expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs will now finish the job of the MDGs, and ensure that no one is left behind.


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