SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Infrastructure shapes the urban environment and is the engine of sustained and inclusive economic growth. It is our responsibility to develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, supporting economic development and social well-being. It is fundamental to promote inclusive, sustainable, affordable, and equitable access for all, using to this end, new, innovative tools. Those innovations must be used for promoting democratic and citizen education.
The approach of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is based on three key principles: achieving SDGs is the shared responsibility of all levels of government; local and regional authorities must have the necessary competences and financial autonomy to achieve the goals in their respective areas; citizens must always remain at the heart of the action.
The Congress recognizes the importance of interregional links and cross-border cooperation in stimulating innovation and industrialization. It has worked especially on the digitalization aspects and opportunities as well as more practical cooperation. In relation to SDG 9, the Congress adopted the following texts:
- RES394 (2015) - E-media: game changer for local and regional politicians
- REC287 (2010) and RES302 (2010) - Intra-regional transport: a challenge for sustainable development and territorial cohesion
- REC274 (2009) and RES290 (2009) - E-democracy: opportunities and risks for local authorities
- REC263 (2009) and RES282 (2009) - The digital divide and e-inclusion in the regions