Event Organiser: ICE

How can infrastructure help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals? online


  • Lecture
  • Watch online
  • London
  • 20 April 2020
  • 18:00 - 20:30
How can infrastructure help the UN SDGs?

About this event

The world is changing rapidly. Globally there is an ageing population with more people living in urban settings. At the same time, issues of inequality and poverty persist across both developed and developing countries. Increasingly people are facing up to the need for urgent action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Members of the United Nations have committed to address these issues through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The decisions that governments make today, in order to tackle these and other challenges will shape the way we live for decades to come. But what is the role of infrastructure and how can it help to achieve these goals?

Last December ICE launched the Enabling Better Infrastructure programme in partnership with organisations such as UNOPS, OECD and the University of Oxford. The programme seeks to help decision-makers grappling with the challenge of designing and delivering infrastructure for the long-term benefits of communities around the world.

This lecture will cover:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals, how they link to infrastructure, how countries are using them and why they are important including for the UK
  • The Enabling Better Infrastructure 12 guiding principles based on global best practice, providing a straight-forward guide to the best ways to strategically prioritise and plan major infrastructure


Chair: Paul Sheffield, ICE President

Paul Sheffield

Paul studied civil engineering at the University of Surrey graduating in 1983, becoming Chartered in 1987.

Following graduation, he spent 31 years with the Kier Group, initially working on a wide range of civil engineering and construction projects in various parts of the world including a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, a commercial development in London, a concrete gravity dam in Snowdonia where he was the Chief Engineer and latterly as Project Director on a power station in Hertfordshire, a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia and underground railways in Hong Kong.

Between 2005 and 2010 he was on the Board of Kier with responsibility for their global civil engineering and construction activities and from 2010 to 2014 he was CEO of the Group with overall revenues of £3bn and activities spanning construction, support services, property development and high rise residential.

In 2014 he joined Laing O’Rourke to head their UK and Middle East construction business with close involvement in major infrastructure and construction projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnels and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and various hospitals, schools, retail and residential projects.

Paul is currently a non-executive Director of Southern Water Services and is on the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Construction Group BAM. He is also an Industrial Advisor to the Board of Manchester Airport Group working on their capital expansion work at both Manchester and Stansted airports. He is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to construction and charitable fundraising.

Steven Crosskey

Steven Crosskey

Head of Strategic Initiatives, UNOPS

Steve Crosskey is a civil engineer with over 25 years of experience in the Civil Engineering industry, within both the private and development sectors.

Steve has worked primarily in East Africa, engaged in the planning and management of infrastructure projects involving urban and rural development initiatives, linked to road infrastructure, access to markets, food security, and conflict sensitivity.

Steve spent nine years with the World Food Programme in South Sudan leading a $450 Million road rehabilitation programme, which included a wide range of activities including; institutional capacity and community development with the newly formed Government of South Sudan, ministries of housing and transport, including review and recommendations on policy, and development strategy.

After working in Nairobi for the previous two years with Mott MacDonald advising the Kenyan Ministry of Transport Rural Roads Authority on a range of issues on policy formulation including integrated rural and urban transport development, Steve joined the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in September 2014.

In his current position, Steven has worked inter alia on new strategies to plan and deliver better infrastructure and project management solutions in the context of the global agendas, as well as innovative tools to enhance the capacity of governments to plan, deliver, and manage national infrastructure systems. Steve holds a BEng. Honours in Civil Engineering from Oxford Brookes University.

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