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Towards a More Sustainable World: How Our Projects in Costa Rica Support the SDGs

Since 2014, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been working in Costa Rica, driving projects that not only improve the country’s infrastructure but also significantly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here we explore how these initiatives are transforming lives and communities in Costa Rica, aligning with the SDGs to build a more sustainable future.


SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNOPS has been instrumental in acquiring essential medical equipment to strengthen Costa Rica’s healthcare system. With a donation from the Japanese government, 161 pieces of equipment were distributed to 36 medical centers, benefiting over 40,000 people. This project not only improved the capacity for care during the health crisis but also left a more robust infrastructure for future health challenges.


SDG 5: Gender Equality

In a clear commitment to eradicate violence against women in all its forms, UNOPS promotes a gender, diversity, and inclusion policy in its works and offices. In projects such as the construction of the La Bandera, Garantías Sociales, and Guadalupe roundabouts, workshops on positive masculinity and training against sexual harassment have been conducted. Since 2020, over 400 people working on these projects have been trained on these issues, and more than 200 have been trained on topics such as sorority and bonds among women at work. UNOPS ensures that at least 10% of the people hired for fieldwork are women, promoting gender equality and creating safe spaces for everyone.


SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Water management is crucial for the health and well-being of communities. UNOPS has undertaken key projects such as the wastewater treatment system in Puerto Viejo, Limón, and the expansion of potable water systems in Liberia and Nicoya. These initiatives benefit thousands of people, ensuring they have access to clean and safe water, reducing health risks, and protecting local ecosystems.


SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the backbone of economic and social development. In Costa Rica, UNOPS has led projects such as the rehabilitation and expansion of Route 32 and the construction of the Northern Ring Road Corridor. These improvements in road infrastructure have facilitated the efficient transport of goods and people, reducing travel times and improving road safety. The binational bridge over the Sixaola River is another standout example, connecting Costa Rica and Panama and benefiting over 152,000 people annually.


SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Creating inclusive and sustainable spaces is essential for community well-being. The Alajuelita Human Development Park is an emblematic project in this regard. This 8-hectare park, with trails, sports fields, and a skatepark, provides a safe space for recreational and sports activities, benefiting over 97,000 people. It promotes social coexistence and local development, integrating the community into its design and use.


UNOPS projects in Costa Rica are clear examples of how infrastructure and sustainable resource management can effectively contribute to the SDGs. Through careful planning and rigorous execution, these projects not only improve the living conditions of Costa Ricans but also promote sustainable and inclusive development for future generations. This way, we ensure to leave no one behind.


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