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The Working Party works to increase regulatory cooperation in specific sectors that have a critical impact on sustainability and on resilience to natural and man-made hazards. It 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
  • To promote the use of standards in the implementation of UN-wide goals, including the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sendai framework for action 

Key areas of work

Regulatory Cooperation: UNECE works to lower costs, facilitate trade and improve access to critical technologies through regulatory cooperation.Market Survelliance: UNECE works to ensure that products safe and comply with regulations in force, through development of best practice and use of international standards.Risk Management: UNECE guides regulatory authorities in managing risks confronting consumers, citizens and communities and reducing economic and human costs of disasters 
Education on Standards: UNECE promotes education on standards-related activities in universities, higher-education establishments and vocational-training institutionsUse of International Standards: WP. 6 is ensuring policy makers are aware and make use of relevant standards. Enable and empower both Governments and UN Organizations to use international standards in policy workQuality Infrastructure: UNECE works to build institutional capacity for precise measurement, reliable inspections, and audits in order to facilitate trade while ensuring product quality and regulatory conformance.


14 September 2018The online registration for the 28th Annual Session of the of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies, taking place from November 14 (pm) to 16 in Palais des Nations, is now open. To facilitate your access to the Palais des Nations we encourage you to register on-line as soon as possible.

5 July 2018: The Declaration for Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development and the Annex to the Declaration have been finalized and can be downloaded from the Declaration website

18 May 2018: Registration to the 16th meeting of the Advisory Group for Market Surveillance (MARS Group) is available from the meeting website.

13 April 2018: UNECE co-hosted the 5th meeting of the Partnership for effective international rule-making on 12 April 2018 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

The OECD Partnership collects evidence, exchanges best practices, and promotes greater consistency of approaches to rule-making among international organisations. 53 international organisations actively participate in the partnership. Key outputs so far include:

- a comprehensive study of International Regulatory Co-operation: The Role of International Organisations in Fostering Better Rules of Globalisation

- a series of case studies on the rule-making practices of UNECE as well as OECD and IMOFAOISOOIML, and WHO.