University of Oxford, Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC-Mistral), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
This paper, Infrastructure for Sustainable Development, analyses the role of infrastructure in directly and indirectly impacting progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides evidence of both the threat and opportunity infrastructure presents to reaching the global goals.
Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development
The 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report, the fourth report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development, provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of sustainable finance, four years after the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The report warns that mobilizing sufficient financing remains a major challenge in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Despite signs of progress, investments that are critical to achieving the SDGs remain underfunded and parts of the multilateral system are under strain.
Integrating nature into mainstream infrastructure systems can produce lower cost and more resilient services. This report guides developing country service providers and their partners on how to seize this opportunity. It reviews approaches and examples of how to integrate green infrastructure into mainstream project appraisal processes and investments.
This report, which is based on 20+ interviews with investors and other stakeholders, explores the reasons for the slow progress of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration in infrastructure investments by private investors and evaluates the emerging field of publicly available tools that seek to make the sustainability impacts on and from infrastructure projects tangible for investors.
Beyond the Gap: How Countries Can Afford the Infrastructure They Need while Protecting the Planet aims to shift the debate regarding investment needs away from a simple focus on spending more and toward a focus on spending better on the right objectives, using relevant metrics. It does so by offering a careful and systematic approach to estimating the funding needs to close the service gaps in water and sanitation, transportation, electricity, irrigation, and flood protection.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
This report presents the key insights and recommendations from the Advancing Natural Infrastructure in Canada forum, convened by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and partners in November 2018. This forum brought together experts in related fields from across the country to discuss how Canada can use Natural Infrastructure (NI) to build more resilient cities, towns and landscapes in the face of increasing climate uncertainty.
The report Managing the Water-Energy-Land-Food Nexus in Korea: Policies and governance options assesses the key bottlenecks within the water-energy-land-food nexus in Korea and proposes policy recommendations and governance arrangements to future-proof environmental integrity and enhance sustainable growth.
This report sets out the policy and investment priorities for growth that that is strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive, and will result in efficient, liveable cities; low-carbon, smart and resilient infrastructure; and the restoration of degraded lands while protecting valuable forests. It focuses on five key economic systems: energy, cities, food and land use, water, and industry.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management, International Hydrological Programme
The Climate Risk-Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) provides a crucial framework to enable water managers and policy makers to assess the impact of climate uncertainty and change on their water resources and work towards effective adaptation strategies.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Forests play an important role in producing and regulating freshwater flows, and forested watersheds are essential for sustaining freshwater supply. Forests and Water: Valuation and payments for forest ecosystem services assesses the governance, design and funding sources of various payments for watershed services (PWS) schemes, and promotes the understanding of a wide range of values related to watershed services of forests and its co-benefits, such as carbon mitigation.