UNDP, ISO partner to promote int’l standards to advance SDGs action, document progress

UNDP, ISO partner to promote int’l standards to advance SDGs action, document progress
By Marwa Nassar - -

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have signed a landmark Statement of Intent to enhance international standards to promote sustainability actions and make it easier for organizations and companies to align their efforts and document progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The move signals their commitment to the role of International Standards in addressing global development challenges.

They will collaborate on initiatives geared towards enhancing international standards that advance sustainability actions by both the public and private sectors, including the prospective development of the first international standard for the United Nations’ SDGs based on UNDP’s SDG Impact Standards and relevant ISO standards.

Such a standard would be significant in that it will provide a common basis for documentation and certification.

“As we see with SDG 17 – Partnerships for Goals achieving the SDGs requires true partnering across all sectors. This partnership between ISO and UNDP brings forth an opportunity to build on the unique contributions of each organization for a more resilient and equitable future for all,” said ISO President, Ulrika Francke.

“By helping to shape new management standards for businesses and investors, UNDP and ISO can ensure that sustainability and the SDGs are not just an add-on to business – they will be an intrinsic part of how all business is done,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. “With better practices, we will achieve better outcomes for business and investors – and better outcomes for people and planet.”

This partnership creates the opportunity to harness the complementary competencies and reach of two of the world’s leading organizations in their field and marks a notable step towards aligning sustainability standards globally.

The two organizations look forward to a close collaboration together with all who contribute to advancing the achievement of the SDGs.

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