Today electricity, electronics, and information technology touch almost every aspect of life on earth. Electricity is the cornerstone for economic development and social wellbeing and serves as a golden thread across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations in its blueprint for building a better world by 2030.
Through its international standards and conformity assessment (CA) systems, the IEC contributes to all 17 SDGs. The IEC ensures the safety, performance and sustainability of electrical, electronic and information technologies that underpin all SDGs. Building upon the knowledge and expertise of its membership, the IEC provides a framework necessary for the development of global technologies that reflect the needs of countries across the world.
In 2016, the IEC began identifying how its work contributes to the SDGs. In February 2019, the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) set up ad hoc group 84 with the objective of educating and motivating the IEC community about the SDGs in collaboration with the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB), the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) and leaders from the IEC Young Professionals Programme.
This has resulted in a comprehensive briefing document detailing how the IEC helps to achieve the 17 SDGs and provides IEC stakeholders with recommendations on the next steps in reaching these goals. A public version of this briefing document is now available that showcases how the IEC contributes to the SDGs and how it will continue to do so in the future.
The briefing paper provides an overview of the SDGs and how technology can help advance these goals. It links IEC work to each of the SDGs, including two case studies with details on how the IEC contributes to achieving SDG 7 (energy access) and SDG 12 (responsible production and consumption). The briefing paper also highlights how IEC stakeholder can work together in the future to help achieve the SDGs.
The briefing paper, How the IEC helps achieve the SDGs, is available online.