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The Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) encourages increased regulatory coherence in specific sectors that have a critical impact on sustainable development and promotes greater resilience to natural and man-made hazards. WP.6 also works to:

  • Promote the use of standards by policy-makers and business as a tool for reducing technical barriers to trade, promote increased resilience to disasters, foster innovation and good governance
  • Advocate the use of standards in the implementation of UN-wide goals, including the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sendai framework for action 

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14 May 2019: UNECE and over 50 standards bodies sign Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards

Women are widely under-represented in developing the standards that affect so many areas of our lives, from the infrastructure on which economies depend, to the products we consume every day and the technologies needed to address a wide range of sustainability challenges. Many of these standards do not adequately address the different needs of women and men.  Taking action to address this critical gender gap, some 60 organizations worldwide have today signed a Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development (see full list on our website). The Declaration’s signing ceremony included live connections to standards bodies from all over the world, videos sent by the leaders of standards organizations, and debates with representatives of UN bodies as well as a book launch. Lean more from our press release &  watch the replay online.

14 May 2019: UNECE is pleased to launch its new publication on “Gender Responsive Standards” which makes the case for mainstreaming gender in the development and implementation of standards. It presents standards as tools for promoting equal participation by both genders in economic decision-making, as instruments for enhancing women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment, and as a foundation for reaching all of the Global Goals. It also features a detailed analysis of how gender has been integrated into two important families of standards: voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) and sanitary and phytosanitary measures. It finally presents recommendations for action directed to standards bodies, governments and donors and international organizations.



17 September 2019
Convention Square. 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, South Africa

08 to 09 July 2019
Eurasian Economic Commission, Moscow, Russia

14 May 2019
Room XIV (Cinema Room), Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland