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500 UNE standards, in line with SDG 11

Did you know that 500 UNE standards help towards achieving SDG 11?


The eleventh Sustainable Development Goal aims to apply a link between urban planning and development to make human settlements into places that are founded on equality, inclusion, prosperity, justice and peace.

It is estimated that by the year 2030 there will be 5,000 million people living in cities. In this context, it is necessary to develop plans for managing space and services to ensure the well-being of their inhabitants and the planet.

In this context, UNE standards provide outstanding assistance to organizations in the achievement of the 17 SDGs, as they provide the best practices, collaboration and consensus that this global challenge requires.

In the case of SDG 11, there are more than 500 standards in the Spanish catalogue, managed by the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, that enable organizations to achieve it.

CTN 178 smart cities

These include the ones prepared by the Technical Standardization Committee CTN 178 on Smart Cities. In fact, standardization is one of the pillars of the National Plan for Smart Territories and the CTN 178 is an example of successful public-private collaboration, with significant participation: 700 experts from all parties involved.

The standards of this CTN 178 contribute to the efficient and coherent process of smart transformation of cities, in order that they can be efficient and that it occurs in an ordered and coherent manner, in the interest of society as a whole and the quality of life of citizens.

Global benchmarks

The joint work of companies and Administrations has allowed Spain to become an international reference in the development of standards for Smart Cities. An illustrative example is the field of smart tourist destinations, in which our country is a pioneer, allowing the Spanish model to be exported all over the world.

In addition, some Spanish UNE standards have served as the basis for the development of international recommendations of the United Nations, in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).