SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

SDG 17 

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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.

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IEC for SDGs

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IEC work addresses topics related to partnership activities

Global trade

Global trade

Collaboration

Collaboration

Risk management

Risk management

Technology access

Technology access

Mentoring

Mentoring

Sustainability

Sustainability

Innovation

Innovation

North South partnerships

North South partnerships

Knowledge transfer

Knowledge transfer

Quality management

Quality management

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.

 

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