Interconnectedness of the Goals: Goal 9 & Goal 11
Updated: Nov 4, 2018
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One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.
Goal 9 aims to ensure buildings are resilient, industry is sustainable and innovation is encouraged, and Goal 11 aims to ensure human settlements, both urban and rural, are inclusive, resilient and sustainable.
There are a number of ways in which Goal 9 and Goal 11 depend on one another for their achievement. Target 11.1 sets out that we ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services. For these houses to be considered safe, it is important that they are built with sustainability in mind – that they won’t collapse or cause any health issues into the future.
Target 11.2 aims to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport. However, it is important to ensure these transport systems are clean and don’t have a negative impact on the environment. For this, we need to be innovative and look at how we can design new technologies to improve public transport and work to ensure the sustainability of the planet.
Finally, Target 11.6 requires that we reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management. This will also require innovation, green buildings and green industry, key components of Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
To find out more about these two goals and their interrelatedness, you can read more by visiting #Goal9: #Industry, #Innovation and #Infrastructure and #Goal11: #SustainableCities and #SustainableCommunities.