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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 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


Check out our videos on Standards for SDGs and Gender Responsive Standards!
Standards for the SDGs Gender responsive standards Signing of the Declaration


22 November 2019:  The 29th Annual Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) was held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, beginning 20th November 2019 (15:00) and concluding 22nd November 2019 (17:00)

Important decisions were reached at the Annual Session, including the following: >>>More info>>>

20 November 2019: A meeting of the Gender Responsive Standards Initiative was convened at the Palais des Nations, Geneva on 20th November 2019. The morning meeting preceded the opening of the 29th Annual Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP6). >>>More info>>>



02 November 2020
Room IV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

02 to 03 November 2020
Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

11 to 12 June 2020
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

19 March 2020
CICG, Room 15, Geneva, Switzerland