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Vision Statement

Blue Dot Network participants – from the public, private and civil society sectors – believe in supporting, building, and financing quality infrastructure projects. Certified Blue Dot Network projects exemplify quality infrastructure principles.[1] The Blue Dot Network aims to promote quality infrastructure investment that is open and inclusive, transparent, economically viable, Paris Agreement aligned, financially, environmentally and socially sustainable, and compliant with international standards, and laws and regulations. To accomplish this, the Blue Dot Network will certify infrastructure projects against robust criteria and standards. The Blue Dot Network governing body will regularly review developments in standards to ensure inclusion of the foremost, robust, international standards.

Blue Dot Network certified infrastructure should:

  1. Promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development.
  2. Promote market-driven and private sector led investment, supported by judicious use of public funds.
  3. Support sound public financial management, debt transparency, and project-level and country-level debt sustainability.
  4. Build projects that are resilient to climate change, disasters, and other risks, and aligned with the pathways towards 2050 net-zero emissions needed to keep global temperature change of 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach.
  5. Ensure value-for-money over an asset’s full life-cycle cost.
  6. Build local capacity, with a focus on local skills transfer and local capital markets.
  7. Promote protections against corruption, while encouraging transparent procurement and consultation processes.
  8. Uphold international best practices of environmental and social safeguards, including respect for labour and human rights.
  9. Promote the non-discriminatory use of infrastructure services.
  10. Advance inclusion for women, people with disabilities, and underrepresented and marginalised groups.

**This vision will be notional and periodically updated by the Blue Dot Network Steering Committee in consultation with the private sector, civil society, governments, and others. Blue Dot Network acknowledges the differing challenges for infrastructure development across countries and regions, and will explore ways to address these challenges in order to help projects to meet these quality standards.

[1] These principles include but are not limited to the G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment, the G7 Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development, the IFC Performance Standards, and the Equator Principles.

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