Inclusive cities, shared development is the 2016 theme of World Cities Day celebrated on 31 October. Many ISO standards contribute to improve quality of life in cities, including ISO 37101 which offers a management system for sustainable development in communities.
ISO standards and sustainable development
Rio de Janeiro’s 1992 conference put sustainable development clearly on the political agenda. More than twenty years on, the issue is more relevant than ever. From carbon footprint to community infrastructures, sustainable events and the many environmental challenges that businesses face, ISO has a comprehensive range of standards that can help businesses and organizations all over the world make progress in the three pillars of sustainable development – the environment, economy and society.
The carbon footprint is increasingly used to measure our impact on the environment. But does one size fit all? ISO has produced a briefing note that explains the importance of consistency and the benefits standards can bring.
Sustainable development is also an essential ingredient of cities and communities of the future. Learn more about how standards contribute to smart cities and read the UNIDO brochure about UN Sustainable Development Goals.