GOAL 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG 9 calls for building resilient and sustainable infrastructure, which supports sustainable development and human well-being. SDG 9 promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialisation as a core driver for ending poverty and improving standards of living of all people.
SDG 9 also recognises the importance of technological progress and innovation for finding lasting solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. It calls for fostering innovation by enhancing scientific research and technology development, and by upgrading technological capabilities of industrial actors.
SDG 9 also seeks to increase access to financial services for small-scale enterprises and to bridge the digital divide by increasing access to information and communication technologies. It calls for enhanced international cooperation and support to developing countries.
Monitoring SDG 9 in an EU context focuses on progress made in strengthening R&D and innovation and in promoting sustainable transport.
Education for Sustainable Development Goals
Suggestions for the development of specific sustainability competencies from the action-oriented, transformative educational and learning outcome-oriented guide Education for Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO (2017)
Suggested learning objectives
Cognitive learning objectives
- The learner understands the concepts of sustainable infrastructure and industrialization and society’s needs for a systemic approach to their development.
- The learner understands the local, national and global challenges and conflicts in achieving sustainability in infrastructure and industrialization.
- The learner can define the term resilience in the context of infrastructure and spatial planning, understanding key concepts such as modularity and diversity, and apply it to their local community and nationwide.
- The learner knows the pitfalls of unsustainable industrialization and in contrast knows examples of resilient, inclusive, sustainable industrial development and the need for contingency planning.
- The learner is aware of new opportunities and markets for sustainability innovation, resilient infrastructure and industrial development.
Socio-emotional learning objectives
- The learner is able to argue for sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure in their local area.
- The learner is able to encourage their communities to shift their infrastructure and industrial development toward more resilient and sustainable forms.
- The learner is able to find collaborators to develop sustainable and contextual industries that respond to our shifting challenges and also to reach new markets.
- The learner is able to recognize and reflect on their own personal demands on the local infrastructure such as their carbon and water footprints and food miles.
- The learner is able to understand that with changing resource availability (e. g. peak oil, peak everything) and other external shocks and stresses (e. g. natural hazards, conflicts) their own perspective and demands on infrastructure may need to shift radically regarding availability of renewable energy for ICT, transport options, sanitation options, etc.
Behavioral learning objectives
- The learner is able to identify opportunities in their own culture and nation for greener and more resilient approaches to infrastructure, understanding their overall benefits for societies, especially with regard to disaster risk reduction.
- The learner is able to evaluate various forms of industrialization and compare their resilience.
- The learner is able to innovate and develop sustainable enterprises to respond to their countries’ industrial needs.
- The learner is able to access financial services such as loans or microfinance to support their own enterprises.
- The learner is able to work with decision-makers to improve the uptake of sustainable infrastructure (including internet access).
The sustainability of information and communication technology (ICT) including supply chains, waste disposal and recycling
The relation of quality infrastructure and the achievement of social, economic and political goals
The need for basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water Inclusive and sustainable innovation and industrialization
Sustainable and resilient infrastructure development
Sustainable electricity: national grids, feed-in tariffs, expanding sustainable renewable sources, conflicts
The sustainable job market, opportunities and investments
The sustainability of the internet – from green chat groups to the ecological footprint of search-engine servers
The sustainability of transport infrastructure Alternative currencies as investment in local infrastructure
Examples of learning approaches and methods
Role-play a day without access to electricity
Develop a business continuity plan for a local enterprise after the impact of a natural hazard
Develop an energy descent action plan for your community
Develop a vision for a world with fossil fuel free transport systems
Develop a project exploring one form of either the physical or social infrastructure that underpins your community
Engage students and young people in developing spaces for community get-togethers
Develop an enquiry-based project: “Is all innovation good?”
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
Targets and Indicators of Goal 9