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World Standards Day: Standards for the SDGs


On World Standards Day, which is celebrated each year on 14 October, UNE wishes to honour the tens of thousands of experts from all over the world who participate in the development of key standards for society, the economic fabric and companies, increasing competitiveness and safety. In Spain alone, around 12,000 experts collaborate in the development of technical standards within the Spanish standardization body, UNE.

The theme of this year's World Standards Day is "Standards for the SDGs. A shared vision for a better world", with which the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are looking to underscore the significant contribution of international standards in achieving the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the 2030 Agenda. The SDGs represent a huge challenge, aiming to overcome social imbalances, promote a sustainable economy and slow the pace of climate change. Success in achieving the SDGs will require close public-private partnerships, and standardization is a strategic asset in this endeavour.

Standards provide the knowledge, consensus and collaboration that this global challenge requires, establishing a common language and measurable criteria. Standards reflect best practices in key aspects for the competitiveness of organizations, providing an effective response to the major challenges facing companies and public administrations.

For example, the UNE 195006 Responsible Tuna Fishing standard guarantees best practices in fishing activity, including socio-labour factors, and contributes to numerous goals, such as SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production, SDG 14 on life below water and SDG 8.

UNE 149002 establishes the criteria and requirements for identifying flushable and biodegradable products. It helps, among others, to achieve SDG 6 on ensuring access to clean water and sanitation and SDG 13 on climate action.

In addition, UNE 178501 and UNE 178502 establish the requirements to determine Smart Tourist Destinations, contributing to achieving SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities.

UNE's contribution to economic recovery

On this day, UNE would like to highlight how standardization will be one of the basic pillars for economic recovery and the proper use of European funds, according to the new report UNE Standards for economic recovery.

For example, the adoption of standards relating to the efficient use of energy and environmental protection can guarantee the fund manager that funds are distributed to organizations that respect and support EU objectives. At the same time, those entities certified in cybersecurity management and business continuity will contribute to the resilience of the country.