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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 Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

Energizing innovation

UNDP is innovating around clean energy - from a global challenge seeking renewable energy solutions for war-returnee families living off the power grid in rural areas to the first energy independent school supported by crowdfunding. MORE >

UNDP in Armenia

A lab to experiment in

UNDP in Armenia pioneered the use of social innovation for sustainable development more than four years ago and now has dedicated a space to experiment and rapidly prototype based on an outside-in approach driven by citizens’ perspectives and needs. MORE >

UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Flood warning systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 2014 flooding and landslides affected more than a million people. With the understanding that advanced warning saves lives, UNDP is helping to establish a flood forecasting and early warning system in the Vrbas River basin. MORE >

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