This event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University, and GIZ, within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, will present the Infrastructure Sustainability LEarning (ISLE) model as a means of supporting countries in implementing UNEA Resolutions 4/5 and 5/9 on sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

About this Session

Infrastructure built and retrofitted over the next decade will largely determine whether the world moves along a pathway toward sustainable development and rapid decarbonization or continues to follow a business-as-usual trajectory. Guidance, tools, standards, and other resources exist to guide practitioners about how to build the next generation of sustainable infrastructure. Unfortunately, practitioners — engineers, government regulators, financiers, contractors, infrastructure owner-operators — are not using these resources sufficiently.

As infrastructure spending ramps up, an urgency exists to streamline access and familiarity with sustainable infrastructure guidance, tools, and best practices. The adoption of an Infrastructure Sustainability LEarning (ISLE) model, adapted from the ECHO Model used in the medical community, is a scalable, effective, and low-cost capacity building approach for sustainable infrastructure specialists and practitioners.

During this event, hear from partners who adapted the ECHO learning model from the health sector to apply it in a pilot series of virtual learning sessions for infrastructure practitioners from over 70 countries, their ideas for scaling the model, and how to leverage existing tools like the Sustainable Infrastructure Tool Navigator into a framework that can be used to connect global learners to common resources. The event will end with an open discussion and networking session to explore potential collaborations for advancement.

UN Environment Assembly Resolutions

During the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which met in Nairobi in 2022, Members States adopted a resolution on Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (UNEP/EA.5/Res.9). This new resolution builds on a 2019 UNEA resolution (UNEP/EA.4/L.5) by encouraging Member States to:

The International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure set out ten guiding principles that policymakers can follow to help integrate sustainability into infrastructure planning and delivery. The individual principles and case studies were developed via ongoing global consultation and inputs from experts and UN Member States, as part of the implementation of UNEA Resolution 4/5 on Sustainable Infrastructure. The principles are now reflected in a subsequent UNEA Resolution 5/9.


By order of intervention.


Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland


Programme Management Officer, Resources and Market Branch, UN Environment Programme

Elizabeth LOSOS

Executive in Residence, Duke University


Senior Policy Associate, Duke University


Junior-Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


The event is taking place in person at the International Environment House II, and online. Register on Eventbrite to join in person.

Register on Webex to join online.