SDG 1 - No poverty and  SDG 2 - Zero hunger

End poverty and hunger. Achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG 1

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   SDG 2   

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Enable access to basic services

Often access to a reliable supply of electricity, clean water, education, more efficient farming and off-grid lighting are the first steps to overcoming poverty.

By strengthening the cold chain post-harvest and slaughtering, food waste and greenhouse gas emissions could be halved. This would directly help reduce world hunger. Today, more then 1/3 of food produced is not eaten, and much is wasted due to a lack of cooling. IEC work provides the foundation for domestic and industrial cooling systems. The IEC also helps increase disaster resilience for basic infrastructure and enables advances in agriculture.

19 IEC TC/SCs and 3 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 1 and SDG 2

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IEC for SDGs

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IEC work addresses topics related to poverty and hunger relief

Electricity access

Electricity access

Clean water

Clean water

Electricity generation

Electricity generation

Education

Education

Lighting

Lighting

Farming

Farming

Refrigeration

Refrigeration

Safety

Safety

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

1.4 Equal rights to economic resources, access to basic services, appropriate new technology

IEC work provides the technical foundation for access to services such as electricity, clean water, education, more efficient farming, lighting, information technology,  or refrigeration.

  • IEC TC 21: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 34D:  Luminaires;
  • IEC TC 57:Power systems management and information exchange including cyber security;
  • IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC SC 59M:Performance of electrical household and similar cooling and freezing appliances;
  • IEC TC 72:Automatic electrical controls;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35: User interfaces;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 36: Information technology for learning, education, and training.

1.5 Reduce exposure and vulnerability to climate-related events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters

IEC International Standards help increase the resilience of basic infrastructure in the face of disasters and reduce their economic and social impact. Testing and certification allow governments to better manage quality and risk of infrastructure and devices to protect the basic safety of people and the environment.

  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 57:Power systems management and information exchange including cyber security;
  • IEC TC 81:Lightning protection;
  • IEC TC 104:Environmental conditions, classification and methods of test;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39:Sustainability for and by information technology; IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components; IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres); IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components).

2.1 Ensure access by all people to safe nutritions and sufficient food all year round

IEC work provides the foundation for domestic and industrial cooling systems to reduce food spoilage and keep food longer fresh and safe from the producer, to the manufacturer, to the consumer.

  • IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC SC 59M: Performance of electrical household and similar cooling and freezing appliances;
  • IEC SC 61C: Safety of refrigeration appliances for household and commercial use.

2.3 Increase agricultural productivity and income of small-scale food producers

The impact of electricity in agriculture is far-reaching. IEC work covers lighting used in chick and pig farming or for growing plants; electric motors that drive barn machines such as root cutters, grain crushers, hay driers; ventilation or water pumps; electric fences, milking machines and refrigerated milk tanks, and much more.

  • IEC TC 21:Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 34D: Luminaires;
  • IEC SC 61H: Safety of electrically-operated farm appliances.
IEC and SDGs

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