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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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UNECE Portal on Standards for the SDGs

UNECE ‘Portal on Standards for the SDGs’ showcases information on voluntary standards and maps them according to the Goals and Targets of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. At present, the mapping database covers four Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 11, SDG 12 and SDG 13.

In addition to the standards database, the portal contains:
(i) case studies on how standards have been used as the basis for policy interventions by local and national authorities;
(ii) e-learning training courses, covering risk management, conformity assessment and market surveillance (opening first quarter of 2020). As we look to expand the database, the Working Party invites standards developing organizations to submit standards for inclusion.


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


23 June 2020: Today, we welcome Rwanda Standards Board as signatory to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration.

12 June 2020: Following the online Joint Expert Groups meeting of the GRM and MARS groups on 11 and 12 June 2020 please read the news item on how regulatory authorities advance risk management during pandemics.

9 June 2020: UNECE joins forces with UN/WOMEN and 70 standards setting bodies to ensure that Personal Protective Equipment fits the needs of women health care personnel, during the COVID pandemic and beyond.

29 May 2020: Registration is now open for the Joint Expert Groups meeting of the GRM and MARS groups online on 11 and 12 June 2020.

22 May 2020: Today, we welcome WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management) as signatory to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration.

14 May 2020: Today, we welcome the Fairtrade International and Georgian National Agency for Standards and Metrology (GeoSTM) of Georgia as signatories to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration. Please see also the press release on Fairtrade International.



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
Virtual WebEx meeting

19 March 2020
Online meeting