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SDG Call for TAG Participants

Driving Sustainability Goals Together: Call for U.S. TAG Participants

2/07/2024

Join Now: U.S. TAG to ISO Project Committee 343 on Sustainable Development Goals Management

As part of its effort to support work programs that help organizations manage and optimize contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), encourages all relevant stakeholders to get involved in the newly formed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Project Committee (PC) 343, Sustainable Development Goals Management. ANSI invites interested stakeholders to join a Webex call on February 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. ET to discuss the PC and find out how to join the U.S. TAG.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) serve as a call to action for all nations to promote health, safety, and prosperity while protecting the planet by the year 2030. At the center of UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 17 Sustainable Development Goals are intended to:

  • combat inequalities within and among countries;
  • build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies;
  • support the end of poverty and hunger everywhere;
  • protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and
  • ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

About ISO PC 343 and Work under Development

ISO PC 343 operates under the following scope: Standardization in the field of sustainable development goals management. The work of ISO PC 343 contributes to UN SDGs 1-16, focused on no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; and peace, justice, and strong institutions.

Two projects are currently in development:

ISO/Working Draft 53001.2 - Management Systems for UN Sustainable development goals – Requirements, specifies requirements for a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Management System when an organization needs to demonstrate and enhance its work and performance towards the UN SDGs; and seeks to manage its responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the pillars of sustainability.

Consistent with the SDG policy of the organization, the intended outcome of an SDG management system is to:

  • Enhance the organization’s performance.
  • Fulfill compliance obligations.
  • Achieve selected SDG objectives.
  • Increase success.
  • Create trust and confidence to relevant existing and future stakeholders.

ISO/DPAS 53002 - Guidelines for contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, provides guidance for an organization to manage and optimize its contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to identify, prioritize and manage its impacts on interested parties; embed sustainable development into its strategy, operations, and decision-making, in all its activities, in a systematic and holistic way; and enhance and demonstrate its work and performance towards achievement of the SDGs, notably including by maximizing its beneficial impacts and minimizing adverse impacts on interested parties, especially under-recognized and vulnerable groups.

Denmark will serve as the secretariat of the PC, providing administrative leadership.

Get Involved! U.S. TAG to PC 343 Seeks Members

ANSI, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), formed the U.S. TAG to support U.S. national consensus-based participation in the activities of ISO PC 343. All interested U.S. stakeholders are encouraged to join in the TAG.

Prospective U.S. TAG participants or those seeking additional information should contact Sally Seitz ([email protected]), Kemi Allston, ([email protected]), or ANSI’s ISO team ([email protected]).

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