14 Oct 2023

About

Taking place every year on 14 October, World Standards Day (WSD) offers an opportunity to raise awareness and increase understanding of the importance of standardization. It is a collaborative initiative of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), who each year develop campaign elements to empower the global community.

World Standards Day offers an opportunity to raise awareness and increase understanding of the importance of standardization. Standards touch almost every part of our daily lives. They ensure that products and services work the way that we expect them to, making life safer and more enjoyable. Standards are essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda and creating a fairer, more sustainable world.

2023 Theme: Shared Vision for a Better World: Incorporating SDG3

In 2023, IEC, ISO and ITU continue their multi-year campaign to increase understanding of how international standards contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, envisioning a world that is better, fairer, and more sustainable, prioritizing the well-being and health of all.

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for peace, prosperity, and the welfare of both people and the planet, each SDG presents an urgent call to action, and achieving them requires our collective effort. International Standards offer practical solutions we can all stand behind. By using international standards, you become a part of the solution. SDG 3 focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all; this plays a crucial role in our shared vision. As the leading developers of international standards, the IEC, ISO, and ITU urge the global community to unite in this endeavor. Together, we can create a world where well-being and good health are safeguarded, today and for the generations to come.

Standards, Sustainability and the Role of Geneva

International standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. They help to harmonize specifications of products and services, making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to international standards can help reassure consumers that products and services are safe, efficient and environmentally responsible. Many actors in the Geneva region are engaged in developing and mainstreaming standards to achieve better environmental outcomes. Read more in our thematic page below.