The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce their partnership in favour of sustainable development.
The MoU was signed on 23 June 2009 in Vienna, Austria by the ISO Secretary-General, Rob Steele, and the UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella.
This new agreement strengthens the long-standing strategic partnership between the two organisations in order to promote sustainable development and economic growth through Standards development and implementation, capacity building and training, joint publications, and related research.
Under this MoU, ISO and UNIDO will undertake joint projects including seminars and workshops organisation at the regional, sub-regional and national levels on topics such as:
- standardisation practice
- environmental and energy management
- food safety
- energy use and energy efficiency
- social responsibility
- conformity assessment.