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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.


19 September 2018UNECE works to build capacity of regulatory authorities and administrations for a risk-based approach to policy-making. Please see our just issued training guide

It is hands-on, practical tool to help trainers in the preparation, delivery and follow up to training workshops that help stakeholders work together for an efficient, effective and transparent management of risks, in particular the risks related to the implementation of Agenda 2030.

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.

12 September 2018UNECE works to bring standards into the curricula of universities and vocational training institutions. Please read our publication making the case for the leaders of tomorrows learning about standards, and reviewing activities of major international, regional and national institutions in this domain. 

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.



26 September 2018
The International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG)

26 to 27 June 2018
Geneva, Switzerland

21 May 2018