“As an independent, non-governmental organization, ISO plays a key role in defining standards that will help support innovation. This is fundamental in accelerating results,” says Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), in the latest issue of ISOfocus magazine.
Møller refers to the ability of ISO standards to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. He is one of a dozen leaders/experts in this issue that supports the widespread use of International Standards to help meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Entitled Our vision for a better world, the September/October 2018 edition of ISOfocus offers a forward-looking view to tackling some of the world’s most global challenges by 2030. From thematic areas like climate change and smart cities, the issue highlights how International Standards respond to global needs and help benchmark our progress against the SDGs.
ISO Secretary-General Sergio Mujica explains in his opening remarks: “Companies, governments and organizations around the world will increasingly find in our collection of International Standards solutions to ensure their sustainability – and, in so doing, exercise their intrinsic value to the sustainable development of the planet. Together, with ISO standards, we can contribute to making the 2030 Agenda a reality, so no one is left behind.”
The latest ISOfocus looks at key SDGs such as clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) and climate action (SDG 13), all of which, ultimately, highlight the demand for standards.
It lays out specific examples of how users and stakeholders are using International Standards to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, and it tells the stories of individuals whose lives, communities and businesses have improved as a result. The articles in this special edition give multiple lenses for addressing some of the key issues facing our world today as well as the power of standards to make a difference.