Sustainable Infrastructure for the SDGs

26 February, 2019, Palais des Nations, Room IX

Given infrastructure’s cross-cutting relevance to all of the SDGs, as well as the complex, networked properties of infrastructure systems themselves, an integrated approach to infrastructure planning and development is crucial. This approach considers the interlinkages between different infrastructure systems, sectors, project phases, locations, and aspects of sustainability (environmental, social, and economic), as well as, institutions and governance mechanisms that support multi-disciplinary cooperation and coordination across various policy levels (sub-national, national, international).

Resilient infrastructure is itself an SDG (Goal 9) interlinked with industrialization and innovation. Industry and innovation drive infrastructure development and consequently, economic growth. Resilient infrastructure is an essential foundation for achieving the socio-economic Sustainable Development Goals, including inclusive growth (Goal 8), addressing poverty (Goal 1), reducing hunger (Goal 2), good health and well-being (Goal 3), providing quality education (Goal 4), supplying clean water and sanitation (Goal 6). For example, access to energy is central for better education, as is access to clean water and sanitation for better health. These services are also critical for gender equality as it increases mobility, output and productivity of women, in particular.

The Dialogue is organized in collaboration with the UN Environment’s Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative.

This Nexus Dialogue aims to contribute to a common understanding on the centrality of infrastructure to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and foster support by both public and private stakeholders for the application of an integrated approach to the planning and development of infrastructure.

Concept Note and Agenda

Outcome Statement 

Logistics Note


Resources and Presentations from the Nexus Dialogue

Opening Session

Frank Van Rompaey: UNIDO
Steven Stone: UNEP Resources and Markets Branch
Hossein Faedei: UN EMG
Jannica Pitkanen: UN EMG

Session 1: Infrastructure and the Sustainable Development Goals

Steven Crosskey: Links between infrastructure and SDGs
Vanessa Bauer: Presentation of UN Environment scoping study –  Integrated Approaches 
Rowan Palmer: UN Environment – GEF Project on Sustainable Infrastructure

Session 2: Surveying the sustainable infrastructure landscape: normative approaches and initiatives

Laura Canas da Costa: Financing sustainable infrastructure – Private sector perspective
Virginie Marchal: Rethinking Infrastructure
Rebecca Wardle: How UNECE’s legal instruments and tools promote sustainable infrastructure
Alexandre Hedjazi: Sustainable infrastructure policies for the SDGs

Session 3: Sustainable Infrastructure in Practice – Country Examples

Giulia Carbone: Nature-based Solutions
Scott Thacker: Evidence Based Infrastructure 
Gerhard Schmitt: Cooling Singapore

Session 4: Sustainable Infrastructure in Practice – Country Examples

Charis Lypiridis: World Bank
Han Meng: Infrastructure and sustainable development; examples from China
Stelios Grafakos: Green growth as a driver for integrated sustainable infrastructure
Mito Tsukamoto: Just transition, green works, and infrastructure 

Session 5: Outcome Statement – links to the global policy agenda

Fulai Sheng: Outcome Statement