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Issue 09/2015

Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals

IEC now officially at home in Africa

Energy is the life-blood of developed and developing economies. IEC work helps enable broad access to sustainable energy and directly supports UN Sustainable Development Goals. It does so by providing universally accessible technical know-how and expertise in the form of International Standards. With them countries are able to build safer, more affordable infrastructure that is easier to maintain.  To be even closer to Africa, the IEC has now opened a Regional Centre for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

2016
Issue 06/2016

Electricity access is key

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

IEC work impacts all aspects of life. Electricity and electronics are the cornerstone for all economies in developing and developed countries. IEC International Standards together with IEC Conformity Assessment Systems support 12 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2017
Issue 02/2017

IEC calls on disruptive technology for universal energy access

Announcing the LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access, 22-23 May 2017, in Nairobi

Energy, and especially electricity, is the golden thread that impacts the majority of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and furthermore, the development of every nation and economy.  The UN recognizes electricity access as a key pillar for economic development because it helps to reduce poverty and hunger, improves educational opportunities and enables higher quality healthcare.

Issue 06/2017

Strengthening participation

IEC Affiliate Country Programme committed to provide invaluable support to developing countries

Each year sees an increase not only in the number of countries participating in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme but also in the number of International Standards adopted as national ones, national electrotechnical committees (NECs) established and Affiliate Plus status granted. In the past 12 months, the Affiliate Secretariat has been extremely busy supporting participants in the Programme through workshops, seminars, webinars and training sessions, to name but a few of the support activities organized to raise awareness and know-how in developing countries. 

2018
Issue 05/2018

Electricity for the 21st Century - for all

Power generation and distribution in direct current can bring electricity to the hundreds of millions of people denied access to the benefits of modern life

Take a look around you. Is there anything we can do without electricity? Be it lighting, education, healthcare, productive work of almost any kind - everything requires electricity. And yet, today, there are around 1,1 billion people worldwide without any electricity access at all. Not providing electricity is the same as denying the fundamental right to be part of today’s opportunities in an increasingly connected world. Direct current (DC) electricity could be the solution.

2019
Issue 02/2019

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through standardization

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a call to action to make the world a safer, more peaceful and prosperous place, for all.

To achieve this, in 2015, United Nations Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Issue 02/2019

Making IT sustainable

IEC and ISO join hands to develop energy efficiency benchmarks for ICT

ISO and IEC produce many joint standards which specify how to improve the energy efficiency of information and communication technology (ICT). A number of these publications deal specifically with the excessive energy consumption of data centres. Several UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) can rely on the benchmarks provided by these standards to measure progress.

Issue 04/2019

Standards help achieve SDGs

An interview with Vimal Mahendru, Convenor of adhoc Group 84

The United Nations defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the core of its blueprint for building a better world by 2030. The SDGs serve as a call for action to all countries to promote prosperity while simultaneously protecting the environment. They seek to end poverty and stimulate economic growth while also addressing societal needs, such as health and education, and preserving the environment.