UNIDO Side Event: Adding Value – Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

UNIDO Side Event: Adding Value – Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

GENEVA, 4 July 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) jointly organized an event on quality infrastructure systems during the Aid for Trade Global Review 2019 at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The session demonstrated the contribution of quality infrastructure to three pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); namely people, prosperity, and planet.

By showcasing the impact of quality infrastructure to sustainable development, the session highlighted the many ways in which metrology protects, for example, consumers in Malawi, thereby ensuring the needs of people are met; how the upgrading of the quality infrastructure system in Colombia enabled more exports, thereby promoting prosperity; and how standards improve sustainability in the Indonesian seafood sector, thereby protecting the planet.

Furthermore, UNIDO launched its new publication “Sustainable Development & the Future of Quality Infrastructure”, which emphasizes the fundamental enabling function of an appropriate quality infrastructure for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its support for each SDG.

“Quality Infrastructure contributes to prosperity and economic development by stimulating trade competitiveness, industry and innovation”, said Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of the UNIDO Department on Trade, Investment and Innovation. “Quality infrastructure meets the needs of people by ensuring food security and promoting good health and well-being; it also contributes to the protection of the planet through the efficient use and sustainable management of natural resources, stimulating climate action and protecting the biosphere”.

The new publication builds on previous UNIDO publications including “The Role of Standards in the Context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”, “The Role of Accreditation in the Context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”, and “The Role of Metrology in the Context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”.

Please see the brochure here.

Find out the event programme here.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII)

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