SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals
Better access to technology and innovation
IEC International Standards are developed with the collaboration and consensus of a wide range of stakeholders from all around the world. They contain a vast amount of technical know-how and expertise that provide developing countries with the means to invent and build better, more sustainable products that can also 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.
The IEC Affiliate Country Programme allows developing countries to build expertise in quality and risk management. They are able to adopt and use IEC International Standards nationally, and to participate in the IEC CA Systems.
All IEC TC/SCs, IEC SyCs, IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 17.
IEC for SDGs
IEC work addresses topics related to partnership activities
North South partnerships
IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets
17.6 Enhance access to technology and innovation as well as mentoring
Through the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, developing countries are able to benefit from IEC work without the financial burden of membership. The programme permits them to select up to 400 IEC International Standards for national adoption and use, and encourages active contribution to IEC standardization work.
17.7 Promote the development, transfer and dissemination of environmentally sound technologies
IEC International Standards facilitate technology transfer and the dissemination of sustainable technologies.
17.8 Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology
The IEC provides the technical foundation for the hardware and software that underpins information and communication technology. This includes all forms of displays, computers, video and radio communication, mobile phones and security and communication protocols.
17.9 Enhance international support for implementing capacity-building in developing countries
The IEC Affiliate Country Programme, the IEC Mentoring Programme and the IEC Affiliate Conformity Assessment status (ACAS) all aim to support developing countries. They provide access to the know-how and expertise which allow them to benefit from standardization free of charge and helps them ensure that products and services entering their countries are safe and work as expected.
17.10 and 17.11 Facilitate and encourage participation in global trade
When developing countries and their manufacturers use IEC International Standards together with IEC CA Systems, they are able to participate in global value chains and access more markets faster and more efficiently.
17.16 Share technical knowledge and expertise
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 also be exported.
End poverty and hunger. Achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Conserve and sustainably use ocean, sea and marine resources
Promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development