Under the slogan "Advancing the Global Agenda", it has been shown that standards are an essential tool in public administrations, industry and for consumers, in as much as they boost trade and innovation and help fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the meetings organized by ISO and the United Nations, case studies on the application of standards to achieve SDGs have been presented. Especially noteworthy are the examples concerning SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7- Affordable, Clean Energy, SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG - 13 Climate Action.
The challenges and trends facing the international trading system and the role of market liberalization in furthering sustainable and inclusive growth were discussed. ISO standards continue to be a key element for achieving harmonised markets and mobilising trade, and are the basis for trade agreements between regions and countries,
Making the most of the meeting, UNE has signed collaboration agreements with UNIT (Uruguay), DGN (Mexico), NC (Cuba), ABNT (Brazil), ICONTEC (Colombia) and AMN (Mercosur).
During the Assembly, after all ISO members had voted, UNE was re-elected and will prolong its ISO Council membership until 2021. Only 20 countries are members of the ISO Council which is the highest governing body and responsible for the Organization's future decisions and strategies.