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Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.

Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.

More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90 percent are from the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship.    

Goals in action

UNDP in Maldives

AA Thoddo Watermelon Capital of Maldives

This video is about a Tourism Adaptation Small Grants Project in the island working on showcasing alternative methods which are safer for the environmental and human health. MORE >

UNDP in India

Building Houses, Building Dreams

In a village in Maharashtra, India, families are using government assistance to construct homes that are affordable, resilient and responsive to their needs MORE >

UNDP in Myanmar

Myanmar's One Stop Shops

What is a One Stop Shop (OSS)? How do people in Myanmar access services using OSS. This video tells you all! MORE >

UNDP in Indonesia

ECOTOURISM: Saving Indonesia’s Forests Through Creating Jobs

The UNDP has been working with the Government of Indonesia under the UN’s Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme, funded by the Norwegian government, to tackle deforestation by improving livelihoods around the forests. MORE >

UNDP in Indonesia

PALM SUGAR: Saving Indonesia’s Forests Through Creating Jobs

Indonesia has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation. Efforts to slow down the loss of tree cover have included a moratorium on the clearing of certain primary forests and peatlands, but limited law enforcement capacity has hampered progress. MORE >

UNDP in Timor-Leste

Construction in Progress

Building resilience through climate-proof infrastructure in Timor-Leste MORE >

UNDP in Indonesia

Reza Rahadian and Eva Celia Bringing Water for Life in East Sumba

Reza Rahadian and Eva Celia as UNDP SDGs Movers visited Napu village in East Sumba to present the result of Bring Water for Life, UNDP Indonesia’s first crowdfunding campaign. The fund collected from the campaign is used to build a solar water pump in Napu by KOPPESDA, an NGO partner based in East Sumba, with supervision from UNDP Indonesia. MORE >

UNDP in Indonesia

Lights for Elar: Partnership for Sustainable Development

East Nusa Tenggara is one of the poorest provinces in Indonesia. Less than 60% of the population have access to electricity. A partnership between UNDP Indonesia and Bank NTT managed to support the initiative by civil society organizations to build micro-hydro power plants—a sustainable solution to the local needs. MORE >

UNDP in Nepal

A life sweetened with honey

How the support of UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme offered an entrepreneur in Parbat options for livelihood and a way out of poverty he had never imagined possible MORE >

UNDP in Nepal

Reversal of fortune: From child soldier to entrepreneur

Although being a minor disqualified her from taking up the options available to other Maoist fighters following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Bindu’s return to a normal life and livelihood was paved with help from UNDP MORE >

UNDP in Samoa

Improving livelihoods through kitchen gardens

The youth unemployment rate in Samoa stands high today at 16.4%. Helping youth overcome the barriers they face to secure a job, earn a decent income and make sure that they fulfil their potential is a priority for the people and Government of Samoa. MORE >

UNDP in Afghanistan

Building bridges in Afghanistan

Ten years ago there were just three border crossing points between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Today there are six bridges, and there are plans to construct a seventh. MORE >


Community radio makes waves

UNDP works with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to support community radio stations that provide educational programming as well as vital information on health and sanitation. MORE >

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