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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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A high level segment on “Gender Responsive Standards” is scheduled on 20 November from 11:00 am to 1 pm in Room S4.

Details will be available soon.


2 September 2019:  The 29th Annual Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) will be held at Palais des Nation, Geneva, starting on 20 November 2019 at 15:00 and ending on 22 November 2019 at 17:00.

The session will be preceded by a high level segment on “Gender Responsive Standards” scheduled on 20th November from 11:00 am to 1 pm. The highlights of the session will be:

  • a discussion on the direction of future UNECE work on “Standards for Sustainable Development”;
  • the presentation of a draft Recommendation on “Addressing product non-compliance risk in international trade” and of a “Proposed common regulatory framework on Cybersecurity” and
  • two high level panels on “Education on standards-related issues” and on “Challenges for market surveillance authorities”.

Please refer to the agenda of the session and register for the session  (this is mandatory). In case of need for visa support please contact the secretariat as soon as possible.

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.



20 to 22 November 2019
Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

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