Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world's population now living in cities, mass transport systems and renewable energy are becoming ever more important; as is the growth of new industries and both information and communication technologies.
Indeed, technological progress is essential in finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges; such as creating new jobs and transitioning to energy efficient technology. Promoting sustainable industries and investing in scientific research are important strategies through which we can facilitate sustainable development efforts.
Presently, more than 4 billion people do not have access to the Internet, with 90 percent of this figure residing in the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information, knowledge, innovation and opportunity for all.