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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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The Twenty-ninth Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) will be held from 20 to 22 November 2019 in Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. It will be preceded by a high-level segment on “Gender Responsive Standards” on 20 November from 11:00 am to 1 pm in Room S4. For all information refer to: https://www.unece.org/trade/wp6/wp6-29th-2019.html

In Focus

The newly launched UNECE Portal on Standards for the SDGs allows users to quickly identify standards that support the goals and targets of Agenda 2030. Not a single one of the SDGs can be realized without a solid quality infrastructure basis. For example, standards on energy efficient products and services are the basis for curbing emissions while standards on emergency management will be critical to reducing the human, environmental and economic losses of disasters. At the same time, on the one hand, policymakers are insufficiently aware of, and empowered to, use standards as the basis for their choices. On the other hand, standards organizations have little awareness of how standards can contribute to the SDGs. This UNECE portal responds to this challenge by providing: a mapping tool, a series of case studies, and supporting training materials


14 October 2019: Check out our new brochure on “Gender Responsive Standards”: Standards are often developed by technical committees where the participation of women is far below parity. Very few methodologies exist to probe if standards respond to gendered needs and to correct any gender bias in standards. The UNECE marked “World Standards Day” by raising awareness about UNECE Gender Responsive Standards Declaration, which aims at making standards work for women.

14 October 2019: Check out our new brochure on “Standards for Sustainable Development”: The UNECE marked World Standards Day by launching the Standards for the SDGs Portal a vital awareness-raising tool, that allows UNECE and other standards developing organizations to highlight how their work helps advance Agenda 2030 and shares stories about successful implementation. All users are invited to use the available templates to submit information to be added to the portal.

2 October 2019: UNECE has recently revised the brochure on “Resilience to Disasters for Sustainable Development” that outlines recent and future work by the organization in contributing to the United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience in order to “make disaster risk reduction a priority.”



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