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SDG 10: Equal access to global expertise

 

 

SDG10

 

To ensure their proper functioning, advanced countries put in place a national quality infrastructure
(NQI) that allows them to verify the quality, safety and sustainability of products and services. It generally includes metrology, standardization, testing and certification (conformity assessment). Many developing countries lack an NQI. This makes it more difficult for them to participate in trade and limits their ability to improve public health, safety and environmental protection.

 

The majority of IEC International Standards together with IEC CA Systems help reduce inequalities because they give developing countries access to global state-of-the-art know-how and expertise in
many different technology areas. When adopted and used, IEC International Standards help break down barriers to trade and level the playing field, allowing companies of all sizes to innovate and compete in the global market. Developing countries are able to participate without the financial burden of membership in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme. With this comes the free adoption of IEC International Standards for national use and participation in IEC CA Systems.

 

When it comes to individuals, IEC work facilitates equal access to education and information and allows people with disabilities to participate more easily in everyday life.

 

10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome

Many developing countries lack a national quality infrastructure that allows them to verify the quality,
safety and sustainability of products and services. This makes it more difficult for them to participate in trade and limits their ability to improve public health, safety, and environmental protection.

When adopted and used nationally, IEC International Standards provide developing countries with
access to global state-of-the-art know-how and expertise in many different technology areas.
Using IEC International Standards for testing and certification helps these countries to increase the safety and quality of devices and installations. IEC work helps break down barriers to trade and level the playing field, allowing companies of all sizes to innovate and compete in the global market.

10.6 Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in international organizations

Developing countries can participate without the financial burden of membership in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, which also provides them with the opportunity to adopt up to 400 IEC International Standards for national use and get involved in the IEC CA Systems. Developing countries can comment
on standards and make them more relevant for national use.

 

 

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