SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities
Equal access to global expertise
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.
Many IEC TC/SCs, several thousand IEC Standards and all 4 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 10.
IEC for SDGs
IEC work addresses topics related to the reduction of inequalities
IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets
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.
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