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Standards for the SDGs

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Published on Dec 21, 2018

Using standards in technical regulations promotes international regulatory coherence; helps companies, communities and organizations move toward a more resilient and sustainable model of production and consumption; and helps to protect environmental resources.

But what are standards?

A standard is a document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines and characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context. The video entitled ‘Standards for the SDGs’, explores the potential of voluntary standards as powerful tools in the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The video was developed by the Working Party for Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP6) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The video depicts the Standards for the SDGs event, which took place as a side session to the 41st ISO General Assembly (GA) and brought together representatives of the standards community, UN agencies, corporate entities, diplomats and national policymakers.

UNECE’s Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP6) works to promote the use of standards for the achievement of UN-wide goals, including the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sendai framework for action:

https://www.unece.org/trade/wp6/welco...

The contributions of ASTM International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in support of the UNECE project on Standards for the SDGs are gratefully acknowledged.

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