SDG 17: Better access to technology and innovation





IEC International Standards are developed with the collaboration and consensus of a wide range of stakeholders from all around the world. They include representatives from industry, government, research institutes, laboratories, academia and consumers. The IEC global platform fosters multi-stakeholder partnerships at the international, regional and national levels to share knowledge and expertise, encourage technology transfer, and make the world a safer, more sustainable place for all.


The use of IEC International Standards and IEC CA Systems inherently facilitates participation in global trade, also for developing countries.


The IEC Affiliate Country Programme allows developing countries to build expertise in quality and risk management. It allows them to adopt and use IEC International Standards, and participate in IEC CA Systems.

An extensive number of IEC technical committees develop international standards which support access to technology and innovation, by improving sustainability, risk management, knowledge transfer, etc.


17.6 Enhance access to technology and innovation as well as mentoring

Through the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, developing countries are able to benefit from IEC work without the financial burden of membership. The programme permits them to select up to 400 IEC International Standards for national adoption and use, and encourages active contribution to IEC standardization work.

17.7 Promote the development, transfer and dissemination of environmentally sound technologies

IEC International Standards facilitate technology transfer and the dissemination of sustainable technologies.

17.8 Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

The IEC provides the technical foundation for the hardware and software that underpins information and communication technology. This includes all forms of displays, computers, video and radio communication, mobile phones and security and communication protocols.

17.9 Enhance international support for implementing capacity-building in developing countries

The IEC Affiliate Country Programme, the IEC Mentoring Programme and the IEC Affiliate Conformity Assessment status (ACAS) all aim to support developing countries. They provide access to the
know-how and expertise which allow them to benefit from standardization free of charge and helps them ensure that products and services entering their countries are safe and work as expected.

17.10 and 17.11 Facilitate and encourage participation in global trade

When developing countries and their manufacturers use IEC International Standards together with
IEC CA Systems, they are able to participate in global value chains and access more markets faster and more efficiently.

17.16 Share technical knowledge and expertise

IEC International Standards contain a vast amount of technical know-how and expertise, providing developing countries with the means to design and build better products that can also be exported.



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