Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.
Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.
More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90 percent are from the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
Goals in action
In Ukraine, UNDP has supported social innovation events where solutions were sought for municipalities and projects to foster access to information, create better transportation experiences and seek solutions for aftermath of conflict. UNDP stands also behind people-driven approaches for opening municipal budgeting data and introducing foundational software that today powers 36 cities and 9 oblast and rayon councils across Ukraine. MORE >