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.