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Sustainable Development Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased reliance on online communication, but this is inaccessible to many due to unreliable electricity and poor internet signals.   In 2019, some 87 per cent of people in developed countries used the Internet, compared with just 19 per cent in the least developed countries.

Local and global travel has been severely reduced during the last year, with rail and air transport suffering financial losses. A similar decline in manufacturing has also weakened the global economy, leaving many in poverty and without work. Investment must overcome gender discrimination and empower women who have suffered most from this global crisis. Investment must also be ethical and take into account the need for sustainability.

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Check out the website of the UN Economic and Social Council  (ECOSOC) which seeks to advance the three dimensions of Sustainable Development: economic, social and environmental.

Pray
We thank God

  • For new initiatives that encourage community cohesion and well-being
  • For skills training in technology and creative arts
  • For new opportunities for sustainable income-generation
  • For improvements in internet access and mobile telephone networks

We ask God

  • To guide the leaders of the nations as they seek to restore the economy
  • To enable people of every nation to access vaccines and health care
  • For investors in sustainable and ethical manufacturing
  • To enable good connections for our online event in August

Respond

Think about how industry impacts on your life and well-being and use social media to push for policymakers to prioritize the SDGs.

Think about an action you could take to improve the quality of life for yourself and your community.

To find out more about Goal 9 and other Sustainable Development Goals visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women supports the Sustainable Development Goals.