ISO launches tool that maps International Standards to SDGs

Recognizing the immense value of international standards can make, ISO recently launched a campaign to inform members, policy makers, businesses and organizations on how ISO standards can contribute to the United Nations Development Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

A dedicated section on its Website features a mapping tool that highlights more than 600 standards that contribute directly to achieving the Goals, as well as an informative brochure. It is intended to serve as a valuable resource for organizations looking to play their part.

In addition, interactive sessions were held jointly with the United Nations, represented by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) at the ISO General Assembly, held in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how regulators, businesses and standardizers can work together to further constibute to the UN SDGs.

ISO has published more than 22 000 International Standards and related documents that provide a solid base on which innovation can thrive and are essential tools to help governments, industry and consumers to the achievement of every one of the SDGs.

Photo: From left, John Walter, ISO President; Michael Møller, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva; Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary General.

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The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. Visit to learn more.

Alternatively, to discover the linkages between VSS and the SDGs, visit VSS and the SDGs.


The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) is a joint initiative of 5 UN Agencies (FAO, ITC, UNCTAD, UN Environment and UNIDO) that seeks to address these challenges. It is a demand-driven forum for intergovernmental actors to communicate among each other and engage with key target groups (producers, traders, consumers, standard-setters, certification-bodies, trade diplomats, relevant NGOs and researchers) to address their information needs and influence concerned stakeholders. It aims to provide impartial information, analysis, and discussions on VSS and their potential contribution to facilitate market access, strengthen public goods and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most importantly, the UNFSS focuses on potential trade or development obstacles VSS may create, with particular emphasis on their impact on SMEs and less developed countries.

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