01 Dec 2022
Venue: International Environment House II & Online
International standards can be a powerful tool to address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Collaboration between actors in Geneva and beyond will be key to leverage standards to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This event, organized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Geneva Environment Network, aims to gather experts and stakeholders to explore how standards can support the implementation of environmental policy frameworks to tackle the triple planetary crisis.
Today, humanity is facing a triple planetary crisis: climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, pollution. These intertwined challenges are threatening the well-being and survival of millions of people around the world and jeopardizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing the triple planetary crisis requires collaborative action from all side of society to restore harmony with nature and foster a transition to sustainable socio-economic systems.
Multilateralism is key to address the triple planetary crisis, but ambition and commitments at the global level can only be effective if they are translated into concrete action. International standards can support this process, as they can be used as tools to implement environmental policy frameworks. International standards can provide methodologies, definitions, and measurement criteria that lay down a common foundation for global action. They can give detailed and precise information to business, governments, civil society, municipalities and the public on how to translate a policy goal into action globally. Conformity assessment standards can then help build trust and increase confidence that these policy objectives are truly being met.
Most international standards are regulation-ready and many are already used to support national climate and environmental policies. Through their transparent, multi-stakeholder and consensus-based development process, international standards can also support cross-sectoral dialogue between scientific experts, industry partners and policymakers. International standards are an important contribution to closing the implementation gap and moving from agreement to collective action.
As a global hub for both environmental governance and standardization, Geneva can play a key role in fostering collaboration across organizations and with stakeholders to develop international standards that will support the implementation of environmental policy frameworks, thus contributing to effectively addressing the triple planetary crisis. Convened by ISO and the Geneva Environment Network, this hybrid event will explore the role of international standards in multilateral action to tackle biodiversity loss, reduce pollution, and mitigate and adapt to climate change.
By order of intervention.
Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
H.E. Amb. José VALENCIA
Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)
Programme Officer, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Chief Scientist, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Executive Director, Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS)
Noelia GARCIA NEBRA
Head of Sustainability, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Europe Director a.i., United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Carolyn DEERE BIRKBECK
Director, Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS) | Moderator
Welcome & Introduction
Member State Perspectives
Tackling the Triple Planetary Crisis | The Role of International Standards
The event will be followed by a tea/coffee reception. Join us in person for the networking time!
This event will be held in a hybrid format, both in-person and virtually. For online attendance, kindly register on webex platform.
For in person participation, register on Eventbrite.
In addition to the live WebEx and social media transmissions, the video of the event will be available on this webpage.