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UNECE Portal on Standards for the SDGs

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UNECE (The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Portal on Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers users: a tool to identify standards that help to realise SDGs and Targets; a collection of case studies of countries, cities and regions that have successfully used standards for sustainability, as well as supporting online training materials.


Additional information from UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6): 

UNECE celebrates World Standards Day 2019 with the launch of the “Portal on Standards for the SDGs”.

Developed by the UNECE's Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6), the web portal showcases information on voluntary standards and maps them according to the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At present, the mapping database covers four Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 6 Water and Sanitation; SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG 13 Climate Action. In addition to the standards database, the portal contains:

 ·    Case studies on how standards have been used as the basis for policy interventions by local and national authorities.

·    E-learning training courses, covering risk management, conformity assessment and market surveillance.

 UNECE sets out norms, standards and conventions to facilitate international cooperation within and outside the region. Owing to its role as both a standards developing organization and an international organization, UNECE's standards are listed among the twenty standards making bodies featured on the database.

As we look to expand the mapping database, the Working Party invites standards developing organizations to forward standards for inclusion. For those interested in submitting standards, a template can be provided which outlines the necessary information (i.e. organization, location of standard, Goal, Target etc). 

In addition, standards developers and users are invited to submit Case Studies, which demonstrate the practical application of standards for the achievement of sustainable development. Applicants are encouraged to consider a particular challenge which was mitigated with the implementation of standards.

We hope you will find the standards mapping instrument helpful for identifying and implementing standards in your countries or for simply accessing information and sharing best practice on matters related to the use of standards for sustainable development. 

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate in contacting us.



The Regulatory Cooperation Team,  Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


Palais des Nations, 8-14 avenue de la Paix,  CH - 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

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