Sustainable development recognizes that growth must be both inclusive and environmentally sound to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity for today’s population, and to continue to meet the needs of future generations.
The three pillars of sustainable development – economic growth, environmental stewardship, social inclusion – carry across all sectors of development, from cities to agriculture, infrastructure, energy development and use, water, and transportation. The question facing countries, cities, corporations, and development organizations today is not whether to embrace sustainable development but how.
Backed by an improved irrigation system and more knowledge on water management, farmers are increasing the productivity of their farmlands in Balkh Province, Afghanistan
Agriculture can help reduce poverty, raise incomes and improve food security for 65% of the world's poor.
Without urgent action, climate impacts could push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030.
Modern energy services can help improve the quality of life for millions worldwide and back progress in all areas of ...
Healthy ecosystems are essential for the long-term growth of economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and ...
Technological progress is a driving force behind economic growth, citizen engagement, and job creation.
Land and housing are the most important assets of the poor, but they need secure rights to turn them into economic ...
Poverty is more than low income – it is also about vulnerability, exclusion, powerlessness, and exposure to violence.
Transport gives access to jobs, education and healthcare; it connects goods and services to markets and is a key driver of ...
With more than 80% of global GDP generated in cities, urbanization can contribute to sustainable growth if managed well.
The World Bank invests in water solutions that enable universal access, promote water security, and build resilient societies.
Vice President, Sustainable Development
In this flagship report, World Bank economists explore the economics of inclusive green growth and real life policy options for sustainable development.
Natural capital accounting helps countries go beyond traditional GDP to incorporate natural resources for better economic decisions.
The World Bank Group's climate finance work supports projects across several sectors that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Through the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Bank helps reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.
IDA is helping the poorest nations build resilience to climate change and promoting sustainable development to minimize their vulnerability.