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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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UNECE Portal on Standards for the SDGs

UNECE ‘Portal on Standards for the SDGs’ showcases information on voluntary standards and maps them according to the Goals and Targets of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. At present, the mapping database covers four Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 11, SDG 12 and SDG 13.

In addition to the standards database, the portal contains:
(i) case studies on how standards have been used as the basis for policy interventions by local and national authorities;
(ii) e-learning training courses, covering risk management, conformity assessment and market surveillance (opening first quarter of 2020). As we look to expand the database, the Working Party invites standards developing organizations to submit standards for inclusion.


Check out our videos on Standards for SDGs and Gender Responsive Standards!
Standards for the SDGs Gender responsive standards Signing of the Declaration


14 October 2020: Today, on World Standards Day, we welcome the Technical Standards Institute of Costa Rica (INTECO) as signatory to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration. Please read about INTECO goals.

19 August 2020: Today, we welcome the Standards Institute of Israel (SII) as signatory to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration.

10 August 2020: Registration to the 30th WP.6 annual session is now open and the annotated provisional agenda and other session documents will be available from the meeting website.

17 July 2020: Today, we welcome Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS) as signatory to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration. Please read a short overview of the ISS recent activities.

23 June 2020: Today, we welcome Rwanda Standards Board as signatory to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration.

12 June 2020: Following the online Joint Expert Groups meeting of the GRM and MARS groups on 11 and 12 June 2020 please read the news item on how regulatory authorities advance risk management during pandemics.

9 June 2020: UNECE joins forces with UN/WOMEN and 70 standards setting bodies to ensure that Personal Protective Equipment fits the needs of women health care personnel, during the COVID pandemic and beyond.

29 May 2020: Registration is now open for the Joint Expert Groups meeting of the GRM and MARS groups online on 11 and 12 June 2020.