SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Sustainable and inclusive industrialization, together with innovation and infrastructure, can create productive economies that generate employment and income. They play a key role in introducing new technologies, enabling leaner international trade and efficient use of resources. This idea is embedded in SDG #9 "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure" and was enacted 6 years ago with the hope of a satisfying 2030 closure.
Despite the progress that has been made so far towards the realization of that goal, the world still came up short of tapping its full potential. Basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power, and water remains scarce in many developing countries. In 2020, around 87% of people in developed countries used the internet, compared with just 19% in the least developed countries. Things got worse during the pandemic with the factories' shutdowns, supply chains disruption, and movement restrictions of people and goods. People lost their jobs and failed to make ends meet. The setback will have to be countered with accelerated efforts and increased financing to achieve SDG #9 targets by the end of this decade.