In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 8 calls for sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Goal 9, in turn, calls for the building of resilient infrastructure, and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialization. Both are primary motivators of the Belt and Road Initiative.
However, what is important is that the General Assembly has emphasized that the different goals which include for example Goal 10 on the reduction of inequality, Goal 11 on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, Goal 13 on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, and Goal 16 on the rule of law - are all interconnected. We need to be aware that what we do in one sector has an impact on other sectors, for better or for worse.