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Standards, the key to the SDGs

Standards, the key to the SDGs


This morning, the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, hosted the seminar 'Standards, the key to the SDGs' at the CEOE headquarters, and at which leading experts underlined the key role of standards as a first level help in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

There are over 4,000 UNE standards in the Spanish catalogue, comprising almost 33,000 documents that help organisations to achieve the different SDGs, since they help facilitate a common ground of understanding and provide measurable criteria based on knowledge, consensus and collaboration, so essential in meeting this global challenge.

During the seminar, three successful cases of Spanish UNE standards were presented that guide companies in achieving the SDGs.

The General Secretary of ISO, Sergio Mujica, participated in the event; The General Secretary of CEOE, José Alberto González-Ruiz; The Director of the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Federico Buyolo; The Director of Research, Development and Tourism Innovation at SEGITTUR, Carlos Romero; The Managing Director of OPAGAC, Julio Morón; The Managing Director of ASPAPEL, Carlos Reinoso; Chief Executive Officer of UNE, Javier García, and Chairman of UNE, Carlos Esteban.

UNE Prizes

Today's event was also the setting for the presentation of the UNE Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions by people and organisations to standardisation in various fields. The Awards were presented, respectively, on:

  • UNE award to the most prominent TC: CTN 36 Metallurgy, whose Secretariat manages CalSider Calidad Siderúrgica. The recognition was received by its secretary: Eugenio García Aller.
  • UNE award to the outstanding president of 2019: Concepción García Rubio, President of CTN 201 on Low voltage switchgear and controlgear.
  • UNE Award to the outstanding spokesperson in 2019: Delfín Jiménez Martín, representing the EQAR Architecture team for its role , among others, in the Accessible Tourism working group of Committee CTN 170, Universal accessibility and design for all.
  • UNE Award for the Integration of Standardisation and Innovation in 2019.  This was awarded to Joan Guasch Corominas, Director of International Development and Public R&D&I Programmes in EURECAT, for including aspects of standardisation in his proposals for new innovation projects in Horizon 2020.


At this fourth edition, the jury decided to award the following end-of-degree works:

Circular economy

The Director of the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Federico Buyolo

Circular economy

Student awards

Circular economy

Sergio Mujica, General Secretary of ISO

Circular economy

Javier García (UNE); Carlos Romero (SEGITTUR), Julio Morón (OPAGAC) and Carlos Reinoso (ASPAPEL)

Circular economy

Awards to the TSC, Chairman and Spoksperson and to the Integration of Standardisation in Innovation