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Our mission

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 

More about WP.6 Thematic Areas

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.


5 February 2018: UNECE will co-host the 5th meeting of the Partnership for effective international rule-making on 12 April 2018 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

The OECD Partnership collects evidence, exchanges best practices, and promotes greater consistency of approaches to rule-making among international organisations. 53 international organisations actively participate in the partnership. Key outputs so far include:

- a comprehensive study of International Regulatory Co-operation: The Role of International Organisations in Fostering Better Rules of Globalisation

- a series of case studies on the rule-making practices of UNECE as well as OECD and IMO, FAO, ISO, OIML, and WHO.

14 October 2017The UNECE Regulatory Cooperation Unit wishes all WP. 6 delegates a very happy World Standards Day. Standards make cities smarter, contributing to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. 
Please join us in applauding the standards community for making our cities, and our world smarter, safer and more resilient.

18 September 2017The secretary of the WP. 6 participated in the ISO Annual Session with two interventions at ISO/DEVCO (Committee on developing country matters) and at the General Assembly Panel on "Partnerships".

She presented a proposal for a side event back to back to the 2018 ISO General Assembly at the Palais des Nations on "Standards for sustainable development".