The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all UN member states in 2015. The SGDs guide the global, regional, and national activities of UNIDO – and thus of course also the activities of ITPO Germany. Although the SDGs are interlinked, at the heart of ITPO Germany’s work is SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Inclusive and sustainable industrialization creates employment, generates income and is thus key to economic development and sustained increases in living standards. ITPO Germany strongly supports the target of SDG 9 to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise the industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in the least developed countries.
Quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure leads to inclusiveness as it connects people, reduces spatial disparities and empowers people worldwide to participate in trade and investment. SDG 9 aims to develop such infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.
Innovation is the foundation for not only economic but also environmental sustainability. Innovative technologies boost resource efficiency, low-carbon and energy-efficient production and circular economies. SDG 9 aims to 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.