International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable



IEC work increases the resilience and sustainability of cities and impacts all on-grid and off-grid energy generation. It also addresses all aspects of urbanization that involve electrical or electronic hardware for communication or data collection.

The IEC covers every imaginable transportation technology and the whole supporting electrical and electronic infrastructure, including the entire monitoring, control and service infrastructure in train and metro stations, airports, bus stops, garages, as well as at the street level.

IEC International Standards, together with testing and verification help mitigate disaster risks and accelerate disaster recovery.

IEC work is relevant to the following SDG 11 targets

  • SDG 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
  • SDG 11.3: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
  • SDG 11.5: By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
  • SDG 11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
  • SDG 11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
  • SDG 11.b: By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels


The IEC and the Sustainable Development Goals

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