ISO’s most important resource is its member organizations and their networks of experts.

This is why ISO invests in strengthening the skills of its members, both at the human and the organizational level, through extensive training and technical assistance programmes.

We're helping to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by supporting our members to maximize the benefits of international standardization and ensure the uptake of ISO standards. Economic, environmental and societal dimensions are all directly addressed by ISO standards.

The effective participation of ISO members in international standardization contributes to the global relevance of ISO standards and helps realize ISO’s vision of making lives easier, safer and better.

ISO and the UN SDGs

By supporting our members to maximize the benefits of international standardization and ensure the uptake of ISO standards, we’re helping to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Economic, environmental and societal dimensions are all directly addressed by ISO standards.

Our aim is to spread these benefits as widely as possible through capacity building where it's most needed.

Our Capacity building activities

Technical assistance is delivered under the ISO Action Plan for developing countries. Specific programmes help our members get the most out of International Standards in order for them to fully participate in global trade and achieve sustainable development.

The Action Plan is implemented in coordination with donors, international organizations, regional standards organizations and ISO members involved in delivering development assistance. 

Training courses cover a wide range of subjects related to the international standardization process and aim at helping members participate effectively in the development of international standards. The courses target technical committee chairs, managers, working group convenors and their support staff involved in standardization work. Further information on training courses for ISO members can be found on the members' portal.

 

ISO Action Plan for developing countries 2021-2025
ISO's Action Plan maps out how ISO aims to contribute to improving developing countries' economic growth and access to world markets and helping to achieve sustainable development.
Capacity building website
Visit the Capacity Building unit's own website for more information.
A committee to support developing countries: DEVCO
ISO's committee dedicated to developing countries

Publications

Good Standardization Practices (GSP)
This publication is based on applying the concept of a “value chain” to a national standards body (NSB) that identifies its core activities, i.e. the operations the NSB has to perform to develop and publish standards and the support activities which describe the infrastructure and resources that should …
National standardization strategies (NSS)
Presenting the ISO methodology for developing a national standardization strategy, this publication is a must for anyone involved in achieving national strategic priorities supported by national and International Standards.