Grete Faremo (Executive Director of UNOPS, the UN Office for Project Services) and Inger Andersen (Executive Director of UNEP, the UN Environment Programme) have called for sustainability to be properly factored into the planning, design and construction of new infrastructure.
Billions of dollars are being invested in infrastructure, and more is now being planned to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but the UN leaders have highlighted how important it is that this infrastructure contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNOPS and UNEP have been working with the University of Oxford to develop new datasets and tools to support decision making for sustainable infrastructure.
Very recently, Ghana has become the latest country in which the UN agencies are starting to work with the University of Oxford and local partners to help plan resilient and sustainable infrastructure for the future.
This project is led by Jim Hall, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risk at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
Sustainable infrastructure supporting the SDGS - Inger Andersen, Executive Director UNEP
Infrastructure for a sustainable future - a message from Grete Faremo, Executive Director UNOPS