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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 Moldova

To farm this land, you need a passport

For Moldovan farmers separated from their land by a Ukrainian highway, a new border project will make crossing easier and less costly. MORE >

UNDP in Turkey

In Ankara, a school that generates its own energy

See how constructing this energy efficient building in Turkey changed the lives of construction workers. WATCH >


UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Green Machine Team in Sarajevo

Air pollution is a pressing problem in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Green Machine Team is taking matters into its own hands to measure air quality in real time and enable people in Sarajevo to make informed decisions affecting their health. 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 >

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 Europe and Central Asia

Can we hack bureaucracy? 

Worldwide, about one billion people work for public administrations at various levels. In the face of ever evolving technology, they are facing challenges in delivering services to citizens in a timely and efficient fashion. MORE >

UNDP Around the world