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International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Address: 
3 rue Varembe
Geneva, GE 1211
Switzerland
Phone: +41229190211

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is an independent, non-governmental international organization that includes167 countries of which 83 are paying members and 84 are developing countries that benefit from IEC work free of charge. They represent 98% of world population and 96% of energy generation. 

The IEC prepares and publishes globally relevant International Standards for all electric and electronic devices and systems. Close to 20 000 experts cooperate on the global IEC platform and many more in each member country. They help prepare the International Standards that ensure that products work everywhere safely and efficiently with each other. The IEC also supports all forms of testing and verification and administers four Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that components, equipment and systems used in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, public spaces, transportation, manufacturing, explosive environments and during energy generation perform as expected and comply with Standards.

The IEC is based in Switzerland and has 5 Regional Centres: Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Singapore, USA.

The IEC has more than 9000 International Standards in its library. IEC work covers a vast range of technologies: power generation (including rural electrification, low voltage direct current and all renewable energy sources), transmission, distribution, Smart Grid & Smart Cities, batteries, home appliances, office and medical equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and much more. It also addresses safety, effiency, performance and the environment. 

IEC work directly impacts 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Here is how: http://www.iec.ch/about/brochures/pdf/about_iec/iec_and_sdgs_lr_en.pdf

It is foundational for global trade in electrical and electronic devices: nearly 18% of all global trade in value. 

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The IEC and the Sustainable Development Goals

Electricity is the golden thread that will enable most of the other SDGs...IEC provides the foundation for electricity access

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

02. zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

03. good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

04. quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

06. clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

07. affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

09. industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

11. sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Microgrids for disaster preparedness and recovery

Ensuring electricity continuity in the face of disasters

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

02. zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

03. good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

06. clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

07. affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

09. industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

11. sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

13. climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts