The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Helping to build a sustainable, resilient and inclusive future for all requires thinking outside the box.
From Helsinki, UNOPS Sustainable Investments in Infrastructure and Innovation (S3i) initiative is designed to help address two key challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): financing and innovation.
Working together with a range of partners including communities, governments and investors, S3i aims to channel private financing to help address critical national infrastructure needs.
Innovation will play a critical role in helping communities respond to some of the world’s biggest challenges. S3i’s innovation activities support start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop the bold ideas and solutions needed to tackle real problems – from improving access to water to mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Investing for the future
New kinds of investments in inclusive, sustainable infrastructure are needed to help close the gap and accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda. UNOPS is committed to helping find innovative financing solutions that will connect a wide range of stakeholders from both public and private sectors, as well as bilateral donors and governments, to form new partnerships for sustainable development.
By managing risks often associated with investing in sustainable infrastructure projects in developing and emerging economies, S3i aims to break down the barriers that may prevent private sector investors from engaging in long-term development initiatives. Essentially, S3i provides investors with opportunities to generate financial returns, while ensuring their contributions make a positive social, environmental and economic impact.
UNOPS S3i is exploring a range of potential sustainable investment opportunities in locations around the world, with a focus on three core areas of sustainable infrastructure: affordable housing, renewable energy and health infrastructure.
We’re bringing together our decades of experience of operations – working with both public and private sectors, to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.
Areas of focus
Did you know?
There is an average annual investment gap in sustainable development of around $2.5 trillion.
Between 2015 and 2030, an estimated $89 trillion will be required for sustainable infrastructure development alone.