ICE’s President, Paul Sheffield, chaired the latest ICE Strategy Session, which explored the role of infrastructure in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The world needs a sustainable, public-focused infrastructure plan if the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are to be met by 2030.
That was one of the takeaway messages from Steven Crosskey, Head of Strategic Initiatives at UNOPS, when he spoke at the second of the newly launched online ICE Strategy Sessions this week to an audience of over 500 people. Crosskey was also keen to highlight that, without investment to meet the $97 trillion infrastructure funding challenge, the 17 goals agreed to by all members of the United Nations will not be met.
As a member of the steering group that developed the Enabling Better Infrastructure Programme last year, he highlighted the infrastructure accessibility gap that exists around the world, with over 900 million people lacking access to electricity and more than half of the world, 4.2 billion people, unable to access proper sanitation, something that is particularly vital in the current context of a global pandemic.
When it comes to tackling climate change, he acknowledged that while building more infrastructure can lead to higher emissions, it also remains part of the solution, particularly around adaptation, where we need to increase the resilience of our infrastructure to meet the new challenges of a changing climate.