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Twenty-seventh Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)

28 - 30 November 2017

Salle VII at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The 27th Annual Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) took place from 28 November 2017 to 30 November 2017.

It featured an international conference on "Standards for the SDGs". The conference discussed how standards support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development as a global undertaking. After a high-level panel, three SDSs were looked into more closely:

    - Standards for SDG 5 - gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls,
    - Standards for SDG 12 - sustainable consumption and production patterns, and
    - Standards for SDG 14 – the sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources.

The Annual Session of the Working Party reviewed the intersessional developments and proposed plans for future work. The items discussed included: risk management in regulatory system, international regulatory cooperation, standardization and regulatory policies, conformity assessment and accreditation, market surveillance, and capacity-building.

Main outcomes of the meeting:

Member States agreed to create an Advisory Board that will work with the Bureau to support and monitor the activities of the Working Party.

The Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies adopted the new Recommendation T on “Standards and Regulations for Sustainable Development” at its 27th Annual Session. Recommendation T provides guidance to member states on how to use risk management tools in regulatory frameworks to implement SDGs.

The Working Party launched a new initiative on cybersecurity which aims at addressing various risks posed to the cybersecurity environment, and focus on the aspect of conformity assessment.
28 (pm) - 29(am) November: Programme of the International Conference on "Standards for the SDGs"

29 (pm)-30 November: The timetable for the 27th Session of the Working Party 6

For further Information, please contact: 

Ms. Lorenza Jachia
Secretary to the WP.6)
Tel.: + 41 22 917 55 93
Email: regulatory.cooperation@unece.org

 

International Conference on Standards for the SDGs

TUESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2017

15:00 -  15:15

OPENING  of the International Conference on “Standards for the SDGs”

Ms. Marion Stoldt, WP.6 Chairperson

Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva

Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary General, UNCTAD

15:15 - 17:00

High-Level Segment - International Conference on “Standards for the SDGs”

Moderator: Mr.Stephan Naundorf, Better Regulation Unit, Federal Chancellery, Germany

Mr. Bastian Buck, Director Standards, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Ms. Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance (International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance)

Mr. Marco Lambertini, Director General, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Mr. Sergio Mujica, Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Mr. Frans Vreeswijk, Secretary General, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Questions and answer and discussion on way forward

17:00– 18:00

SESSION 1: Gender-responsive standards (SDG 5)

Ms. Lorenza Jachia, UNECE

Ms. Stephanie Eynon, BSI Group, United Kingdom

Ms. Tammy Hall, Head of Strategies and Standards, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

Ms. Ziva Patir, CEO at PATIR CONSULTANTS, Israel

Questions and answer and discussion on way forward

Cocktail reception hosted by the WP.6 Secretariat

WEDNESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2017

10:10 -11:30

Session 2: Sustainable production and consumption (SDG 12)

Mr. Song Guojian, Director, Standardization Administration of China

Ms. Cristina Martinez de Silva, Senior Programme Manager, UNCTAD

Mr. Rakesh Vazirani, Director, Product Traceability & Environmental Information Management, TÜV Rheinland Group

Ms. Ran Wang, Research Institute of Global Value Chains, China

Ms. Barbara Bijelic,Legal Expert,Responsible Business Conduct Unit, OECD 

Questions and answer and discussion on way forward

11:30 – 12:30

SESSION 3: Managing risks for sustainable fisheries (SDG 14)

Mr. David Vivas Eugui, UNCTAD

Mr. David Agnew, Science and Standards Director, Marine Stewardship Council

Mr. Gianluigi Negroni, HCL Consultants

Mr. Simon Webb, Executive Director, The Nichols Group on behalf of Mr. Roland Cormier, Institute for Coastal Research, Germany

Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani, UN/CEFACT

Questions and answer and discussion on way forward

12:30- 13:00

How can the Working Party support the SDGs? Open discussion

Document Title
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Item 1: Adoption of the agenda      
Annotated provisional agenda
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/1
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Item 2: Election of Officers
Item 3: International Conference on "Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals"
From commitment to action: Standards at work for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/3
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The “Gender Informed Standards and Technical Regulations”
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/4
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Report on the meeting of the GRM on “Risk management in regulatory frameworks in support of Sustainable Development Goals”
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/5
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Item 4: Matters arising and Programme of Work
(a) Report of the past session and intersessional developments
Report of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies on its twenty-sixth session
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2016/2
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(b) Reports by other United Nations Commission for Europe bodies of potential interest to the Working Party 
(c) Adoption of Working Party's work plan 2018 - 2019 
Programme of work of the trade subprogramme 2018 - 2019
ECE/CTCS/2017/10
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Programme of work of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies for 2018-2019
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/6
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Item 5: Risk management in regulatory systems
Risk Management in Regulatory Frameworks
ECE/TRADE/390
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(a) Report of Activities under the Group of Experts on Managing Risks in Regulatory Systems Group
Progress report on the activities of the Group of Experts on Managing Risks in Regulatory Systems (GRM)
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/7
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(b) Discussion on draft Recommendation T on "Standards and Regulations for Sustainable Development"
Recommendation T on "Standards and Regulations for Sustainable Development"
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/8
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Item 6: International regulatory cooperation
(a) Regional developments
(b) Sectoral projects
Progress report on the activities of the sectoral initiative on Earth-Moving Machinery (EMM)
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/9
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Progress report on the activities of the sectoral initiative on Equipment for Explosive Environments (SIEEE)
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/10
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Progress report on the activities of the sectoral initiative on the Safety of Pipelines
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/11
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Item 7: Review of recent developments in standardization
(a) Review of developments in standardization
(b) Education on standards-related issues 
Item 8: Review of recent developments in conformity assessment and accreditation
Item 9: Market surveillance
(a) Update from the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance
Report on the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance, its activities and its meetings
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/12
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(b) The Market Surveillance Model Initiative
Market surveillance general concept and how it relates to the activities of the Working Party
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2009/11
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Draft guide to the use of the General Market Surveillance Model
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2009/12
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(c) Common definitions and terminology in market surveillance
Glossary of Market Surveillance Terms
ECE/TRADE/389
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(d) Update on the development of the Global Market Surveillance database
Item 10: Metrology
Item 11: Capacity-building
Item 12: Other business
Item 13: Adoption of the report
Report on the Session
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2017/2
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WEDNESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2017 afternoon session

15:00 – 15:10

Election of officers

15:10 – 16:00

SESSION 4: New direction of work for WP. 6

Discussion, with inputs from other UNECE bodies, and adoption of decisions

Ms. Lorenza Jachia, Secretary, WP.6

Mr. Mika Vepsäläinen, Secretary, UNECE Steering Committee on Trade Capacity and Standards

Ms. Liliana Annovazi-Jakab,  Secretary, Agricultural quality standards (WP.7)

Mr. Lance Thompson, UN/CEFACT

Mr. Oleg Dzioubinski, Sustainable Energy Division, UNECE

16:00-17:00

SESSION 5: Risk Management in regulatory systems

Report on activities  from Group of Experts on Managing Risks in Regulatory Systems (GRM Group) and draft recommenration R on "Standards and Regulations for Sustainable Development 

Mr. Valentin Nikonov, GRM co-Coordinator

Questions and answers and discussion on way forward

Mr. Pierre Lauquin, Independant consultant, on behalf of Mr. Markus Krebsz, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC

Mr. Donald Macrae, GRM co-Coordinator

Mr. Viktor Nazarenko, Chairman, State Committee for Standardization, Republic of Belarus

17:00-18:00

SESSION 6: Education on standards-related issues

WP.6 START-Ed initiative on standards and standards-related issues

Prof. Vladimir Voronin, Federal State Autonomous Institution of Further Professional Education "Academy for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (Educational)", Russia

Prof. Song Mingshun, the President of China Jillian University, China  

Prof. Marta Orviska, Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University, Slovakia

Prof. Galina Pankina, Science and research Director, International Scientific-educational Center of Technical Regulation, Standardization and Metrology, Russian Federation

Ms. Lubov Bondar,  Managing Director, International Scientific-educational Center of Technical Regulation, Standardization and Metrology, Russian Federation

THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2017 morning session

0:00 - 11:30

SESSION 7: International Regulatory Cooperation

International developments

Ms. Céline Kauffmann, Deputy Head, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD

Mr. Stephan Naundorf, Better Regulatory Unit, Federal Chance

Regional developments

Mr. Valery Koreshkov, Vice Chairperson of the Working Party 6 and Minister of Technical Regulation, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)

Ms. Katja Modric Skrabalo, DG GROW, European Commission

Sectoral projects

Mr. Dan Roley, Chairman, ISO Technical committee on Earth-moving machinery (TC127)

Mr. Frank Lienesch, National Metrology Institute (PTB), Germany

Mr. Roman Samsonov, Initiative Coordinator

Mr. David Hanlon, Secretary of Conformity Assessment Board, IEC

11:30 – 12:30

SESSION 8: Review of recent developments in standardization

Ms. Silvia Vaccaro, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

Mr. Ashok Ganesh, Director Innovation, CEN/CENELEC

Questions and answer and discussion on way forward

12:30 – 13:00

SESSION 9: Review of recent developments in quality infrastructure

Review of recent developments at national and international level

Mr. Jon Murthy, Chair IAF and ILAC Communications and Marketing Committees ILAC

13:00 – 15:00

LUNCH BREAK

THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2017 afternoon session

15:00 – 15:30

SESSION 10: Market Surveillance

Ms.Vera Despotović, MARS Chair

Ms. Katja Modric Skrabalo , DG GROW, European Commission

15:30 – 16:30

Discussion on challenges to market surveillance from e-commerce activities

Mrs. Tuiri Kerttula, Director, Safety Technology Authority (Tukes)

Ms. Delphine Dauba-Pantanacce, EBay, Global Senior Legal Counsel, Global Regulatory/Legal/Government Relations 

Mr. Carlos Grau Tanner, Director General, Global Express Association:

Ms. Teresa Moreira, Head, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, UNCTAD

16:30 – 17:15

SESSION 11: Capacity-building

Ms. Lorenza Jachia, UNECE

Ms. Heidi Lund, Senior Adviser, National Board of Trade Sweden

Project on “Strengthening the national capacity of trade-support institutions of Kyrgyzstan”

WP.6 Secretariat

17:15 – 17:30

Any other business

17:30- 18:00

Adoption of the Report

 

The System of Technical Regulation of the Republic of Belarus ENG    RUS

Regulatory and Procedures Barriers to Trade in selected UNECE countries 

 ACP-EU Technical Barriers to Trade Project

WWF and Iseal Alliance Report

Eurasian Eurasian Commission Library 

 Swedish National Board of Trade

Gender-Responsive Standards Initiative group

Comments from the Swedish delegation to Session documents