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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 Gender-Responsive Standards Declaration suggests three groups of commitments that standard-setting bodies can make:

  1. Working towards gender balanced / representative and inclusive standards development environments
  2. Creating gender responsive standards and
  3. Creating gender responsive standards bodies.

National standards bodies and standards developing organizations are encouraged to sign the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration, create a gender action plan for their organization and share data, information and best practice on the implementation of the action plan.


11 January 2019: Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards

At the 28th Annual Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6), the shared commitment of the Economic Commission for Europe and standards community to strengthening the use of standards and technical regulations for sustainable development was reaffirmed by the approval of Recommendation U on "Gender Responsive Standards". [Read more.... NEWS ARCHIVES]

18 December 2018: Following the very successful meeting on the "Standards for the SDGs" on September 26 a video has been prepared giving overview of the event.

3 December 201812 international organizations renewed their commitment to promote quality infrastructure through a global network on November 30 in Geneva. Please read the press release of the event.

16 November 2018: The presentations and revised documents of the 28th Annual Session of the of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (14-16 November) are now available on the session website.

11 October 2018ICES/UNECE working meeting on Management tools and standards in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14 ''Life below water'' took place from 9 to 11 October in Reykjavik, Iceland. Please see to agenda, list of participants and outcome of the event at the meeting website.

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.



08 to 09 July 2019
Eurasian Economic Commission, Moscow, Russia

14 May 2019
Concordia 1, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

14 to 16 November 2018
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, Room XI