The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for integrated approaches to sustainable development which factor in interdependencies of sectors, regions and different interest groups. This imperative crucially applies to sustainable infrastructure planning: True progress on the Global Goals remains elusive if sustainability is only addressed one infrastructure project at a time. Rather, sustainability must be mainstreamed through integrated upstream planning approaches that integrate all relevant sectors and stakeholders. In practice, however, segregated infrastructure planning is still widely spread, thereby failing to reap efficiency gains and positive spill-over effects from integrated upstream planning approaches.
Therefore, this workstream focused on raising awareness about the centrality of integrated upstream planning considerations to improve sustainability and resilience of infrastructure development at early stages. Bearing this goal in mind, the workstream defined the challenges that hinder broad uptake of integrated upstream planning for sustainable infrastructure and outlined solutions to overcome these barriers. The members formulated recommendations to support integrated upstream planning for the international donor community as well as for national and sub-national public authorities.