A new brochure "The role of metrology in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals", which highlights the contribution of metrology to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, has been jointly developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML).
This brochure is the result of a strategic partnership between UNIDO, the BIPM, and the OIML in the field of metrology. The partnership enables these three international organizations to coordinate their activities in complementary and mutually supportive areas of operation, in order to enhance the impact of industrial development on economic growth.
The aim of this partnership has been further articulated in the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 3 December 2008 in order to enhance the impact of industrial development on economic growth and to minimize technical barriers to trade (TBT), which are still a major obstacle to exports from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
UNIDO, the BIPM and the OIML also closely cooperate within the DCMAS Network (A network on metrology, accreditation, standardization and conformity assessment for developing countries).
This new brochure is a successful continuation of two additional brochures dedicated to the role of standards and the role of accreditation in the context of the 2030 SDGs that were published in 2016.
The mandate of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to achieve shared prosperity and environmental sustainability around the world.
At the UN Sustainable Development Summit held in New York on 25 September 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals. The 17 SDGs with 169 associated targets are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN Member States are expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.