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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 

Key areas of Work




Education on

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In Focus

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

The draft agenda of the meeting is available here.


14 October 2019: Happy World Standards Day! UNECE marks the occasion by launching the “Portal on Standards for the SDGs” which aims to map standards to the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click here to learn more!

We are also pleased to share with you some postcards and brochures that illustrate our ongoing work to empower policymakers and all stakeholders to use available standards for people, planet and prosperity.

Please feel free to download and share the designs! (Postcard on Gender Responsive Standards, Postcard on Standards for Sustainable Development, Brochure on Gender Responsive Standards, Brochure on Standards for Sustainable Development)

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.”

23 September 2019: UNECE advances international efforts for more gender responsive standards at the first Meeting of the Signatories of the the Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development in Cape Town, South Africa.

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.



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