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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


IEC International Standards contain a vast amount of technical know-how and expertise, providing developing countries with the means to design and build better products that can be exported. When developing countries and their manufacturers use IEC International Standards together with the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems, they are able to participate in global value chains and access more markets faster and more efficiently.

IEC International Standards support the development and use of environmentally sound technologies. The IEC global platform fosters multi-stakeholder partnerships that share knowledge and expertise, supporting the achievement of the SDGs.

The IEC is a partner of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL). In this context the IEC provides a series of Technical Specifications with a focus on off-grid energy access. It also prepares Technical Specifications for solar home system kits, renewable energy mini-grid systems, low voltage DC, and energy efficient appliances for use in off-grid applications.

IEC work is relevant to the following SDG 17 targets

  • SDG 17.6: Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
  • SDG 17.7: Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
  • SDG 17.8: Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology
  • SDG 17.10: Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda
  • SDG 17.11: Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020
  • SDG 17.16: Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries


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