Mega-infrastructure plans and financing and investment policies to promote private investments in the energy, transport and water sectors are on the rise. This publication provides recommendations to policy- and decision-makers on how human rights and environmental benefits can be maximized and risks avoided or mitigated, for the sake of sustainable development. The recommendations call on both the State, relevant international organizations and private actors to understand the potential human rights and environmental impacts of mega-infrastructure projects.

The publication also highlights the positive economic and social benefits of human rights and environmental risk avoidance and mitigation, and of prioritizing the rights of women, indigenous peoples and other population groups who may lack access to affordable infrastructure services.

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Product details
Date of Publication
October 2018
Co-published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Heinrich Böll Foundation
Number of Pages
Language of publication
ISBN 978-3-86928-186-5 / DOI 10.25530/03552.32
Table of contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

Mega-Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges 9

The Role of the Human Rights Framework 11

Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Level Human Rights Impacts 13

Legal Frameworks Governing Infrastructure Investment 15

Infrastructure Finance: The Shifting Landscape 17

Concluding Remarks and Recommendations 19