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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 institutions

Use 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 work

Quality 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.


1 December 2016: WP.6 is launching a new initiative at its 26th Plenary session to make standards gender-informed and ensure that they contribute to women's empowerment. Read the whole press release here.

11 November 2016: OECD and UNECE have published a case study on international regulatory cooperation (IRC). The study describes the way UNECE runs and supports IRC: the underlying institutional context, the organisation’s governance and structure, the different IRC processes and their impacts, successes and challenges. You can find more information on IRC here and read about the presentation of the UNECE study and others to the International Geneva Community here.

31 October 2016: The report of the 14th meeting of the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS) is now available.

14 October 2016: UNECE participated actively in the 80th IEC General Meeting in Frankfurt closing today. Ms Marion Stoldt, Chair of WP.6, gave a statement at the Open Council Session on how digital standards empower authorities to implements the SDGs. The UNECE Secretariat spoke of the importance of education on standards for resilience and sustainability at the WSC Academic Day.



30 November to 02 December 2016
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

26 to 27 September 2016
Room S1, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland