SDGs Goal 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

“Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”  United Nations

Infrastructure, industrialisation, and technology are key elements to achieving sustainable development in our world. They also allow communities the opportunity to influence and direct their own futures and development.

Infrastructure:  “It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure” (United Nations).  For this reason areas such as power, sanitation, communication, technology and water need constant improvement and development.  Between 1 and 1.15 billion people still do not have access to reliable telephone communication whilst 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation and 800 million lack access to water.  Another major issue is that 2.6 billion people in the developing world have limited access to electricity. IMG_8821

Industrialisation:  Is a primary source of global income which improves standards of living for all people through increased public services, greater employment opportunities and greater consumption.

Technological innovation will assist in both achieving sustainable industrialization and infrastructure growth and development.

There are many overlaps here with other SDG goals and all that the goals that we have looked at so far, from 1 through to 8, are affected by goal 9.


1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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 18
7. 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

(Info from UN Org)

To find out more about Goal 9 targets and progress please visit UN Org

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