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Half of the world’s population lives in urban areas today, but this does not mean that citizens of developing countries have access to the same facilities as we do in the West. On the contrary, basic infrastructure in developing countries is anything but sufficient. While Belgium has no major problems with its basic facilities, there is margin for improvement in terms of the country’s infrastructure. Our road infrastructure must be improved to tackle structural congestion, for example. Investing in better waste recycling infrastructure is also a crucial requirement of a sustainable economic model.
What does SDG 9 stand for?
With SDG 9, the United Nations provides a framework useful in building resilient infrastructure that promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth and fosters innovation. This means modernising existing infrastructure and investing in new infrastructure that protects us against environmental and natural disasters. Thanks to modern technologies, we can limit the negative effects of economic growth on the environment.
SDG 9 in numbers
More than 4 billion people have no access to the internet.
2.6 billion people have no access to electricity.
2.5 billion have no access to sanitary facilities.
1 to 1.5 billion
1 to 1.5 billion people do not have a properly functioning phone line.
800 million people have no access to safe drinking water.
International ISO standards provide a framework for sustainable economic growth and help establish specific action plans to this end. They boost investor confidence by creating an environment that supports successful products and services.
ISO standards provide support for the development of resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable growth, and innovation. These are the 10 most crucial standards in this framework:
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