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Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

26 September 2018

The International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG)

A side session to the 41st ISO General Assembly (GA)

Co-organized by: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) & the United Nations, represented by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Target audience:

National and local authorities  + National Standards Bodies + Regional and international standards organizations + UN agencies + NGOs & CSOs

Goals of the meeting

The event will:

• Strengthen partnerships between standards bodies, policymakers & UN organizations;

• Raise awareness of the 2030 Agenda amongst the standards community;

• Enhancing the usage and uptake of standards by policymakers, authorities, civil society, corporate entities, and other stakeholders.


At the conference, UNECE will share the preliminary results of a research on how standards have been used to implement the SDGs

Have you used standards in your own country? Did standards help you move toward your policy goals? Do you have an interesting story to tell?

If you do, and if you wish to contribute to our research, please, share your story with us by compiling a case study. The case studies we receive will be appraised by UNECE and partners. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to present their work, as a panelist, at the event.

The case study template is available HERE and the final date for submission is Friday, July 13th.

Format of the event:

With an interactive programme including panels and breakout sessions, the Standards for the SDGs event will present practical approaches for standards users and examine four SDGs in detail: SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation; SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy; SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities; and SDG 13 Climate action.

Participants will discuss case studies in which the practical application of standards to the 2030 Agenda is exhibited. These case studies will highlight the inherent dynamism and innovation that underpins standards, and detail how global policymakers have successfully implemented standards for the SDGs.

Expected outcomes of the event

The event will promote the uptake of standards by policymakers, the industry, and other standards users as practical tools to implement the 2030 Agenda.

It will also increase knowledge and understanding by standards bodies of the 2030 Agenda, and encourage these organizations to place the SDGs at the center of their activities.

We trust it will be an occasion to create partnerships between these two communities and that it will contribute to build bridges between them.   


The contributions of the ASTM International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), in support of the UNECE project on Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are gratefully acknowledged.


UNECE invites all interested parties to directly contact Mr. Oisin Curtis for further information on this event and to follow the conversation on Twitter #StandardsfortheSDGs