How construction makes progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, are 17 interlinked global goals designed as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future. This vision cannot be achieved without realizing the rights of the child. UNICEF’s work in construction reflects an…, Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, Almost 6 million children under the age of 15 died from preventable causes in 2020, based on estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). To reduce preventable child deaths and promote the health and development of all children and adolescents, UNICEF works on construction projects that strengthen national healthcare systems, improve rural…, Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, Around the world, there is a learning crisis, with 6 out of 10 children suffering from learning poverty . Access to quality education and lifelong learning is uneven. Through school construction projects, UNICEF focuses on equity and inclusion to provide all children – no matter who they are or where they live – with quality learning opportunities…, Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Worldwide, Water and sanitation 844 million people lack even a basic source of drinking water and 2.3 billion do not have access to basic sanitation facilities like latrines. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are among the leading causes of death for children under 5. Without access to clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene facilities…, Read more, At a street, a Palestinian boy holds up an information leaflet detailing how water desalination works. UNICEF’s work in constructing complex infrastructure Three girls are smiling to the camera while holding SDG signs UNICEF and the Sustainable Development Goals

Building complex infrastructure in the world’s toughest locations

In support of its programmes, UNICEF is engaged in constructing new infrastructure and improving existing facilities that provide services to children, their families and communities. Construction projects in even the most developed environments are challenging by nature. They require a highly technical professional workforce, knowledge of local…, The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Medical and vaccine warehouses in Kinshasa and Kisangani, Project complexities: Import of technology, remote location, security and safety, large and high-value project, technical workforce. According to a 2019 survey, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), only 35 per cent of children aged 12 to 23 months are fully vaccinated, 45 per cent are incompletely vaccinated, and 20 per cent have not…, Palestine: Desalination plant for provision of drinking water to Gaza, Project complexities: Import of technology, security and workforce safety, large/high-value project, technical workforce, permits and authorisations. UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme lists universal and equitable access to safe water as its number one priority. Gaza’s traditional sources of water are no longer reliable due…, Iraq: Water treatment plants for children and families in Abu Ghraib and Al Qa’Qa’, Project complexities: Import of technology, security and workforce safety, large and high-value project, technical workforce, permits and authorizations. In 2015, the people living along the Euphrates River near Bagdad suffered from an outbreak of cholera, a deadly water-borne disease that causes profuse diarrhoea. Epidemiologists traced the…, Complex construction, As a trusted partner for funders and governments, UNICEF is committed to delivering social infrastructures such as schools and health facilities for children and young people. The UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2022-2025 guides how UNICEF deploys its resources to support complex construction and highlights two cross-cutting strategies related to this…