Rwanda Standards Board
IKIGO CY’IGIHUGU GITSURA UBUZIRANENGE

CELEBRATING THE WORLD STANDARDS DAY 2021


               

THEME: STANDARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS- OUR SHARED VISION FOR A BETTER WORLD

    1. BACKGROUND

The World Standards Day is celebrated every year on 14th October by the members of IEC (the International Electro Technical Commission), ISO (The International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (The International Telecommunication Union) and Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) joined the celebration since 2004. This signifies the means of paying honor to the joint efforts of the numerous experts across the world that voluntarily develop the technical agreements which are issued as International, Regional or National Standards.

    2. CELEBRATION OF WORLD STANDARDS DAY 2021

This year, the World Standard Day (WSD) will be celebrated under the theme “Standards for SDGs- Our shared vision for a better Worldwhere at national level, it will be celebrated through reflecting on the role of standards in supporting the SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy, under the theme Ensuring access to safe, affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy with standards”.

The U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of all. All United Nation member states including Rwanda adopted the goals in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which set a 15-year plan to achieve the goals.

SDGs are highly ambitious, to reach them will require the cooperation of many public and private partners, and the use of all available tools, including adoption of standards and conformity assessment procedures required to provide a verifiable evidence that products and services on the markets are safe, reliable, fit for the purposewhile safeguarding the health and safety of the consumers and the environmentand hence ensuring competitiveness on national, regional and global markets and facilitating global trade and innovations. Standards developed or adopted by Rwanda Standards Boardprovide sustainable solutionsto technical challenges we are facing nowadays through tackling all the three elements of sustainable development; social, environmental and economical.

On the other hand, the intense battle against a persistent global pandemic revealed the absolute necessity of addressing the SDGs in an inclusive way, to strengthen our societies, making them more resilient and more equitable. In this pursuit, standards are more relevant than ever. By working together, the Standards Community is empowering people with real-world solutions to face sustainability challenges head-on. It is in this regard that the International Standardization Community including Rwanda is launching on 14th October while celebrating the WSD; a multi-year campaign to increase understanding of how standards contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The objective being that by 2030, standardsare recognized as an integral part of the success of the SDGs.

On 14th October 2021, Rwanda Standards Board will join the rest of World in launching this campaign that showcases the many ways in which standards contribute to the success of the SDGs. As the entire standardization system is built on collaboration, it is a testament to the power of cooperation and the belief that we are stronger than the sum of our parts. It will also be a call to stakeholders to enhance participation in standardization to ensure that Rwandan Policy Makers, Regulators, Industries, Consumers, NGOs, Traders, Industries, Academia and various users work together to avail standards-based solutions for sustainable development. We stand united to work together to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, with standards for the SDGs, and our ‘Shared vision for a better world’.

        3. WSD THEME CHOSEN FOR RWANDA FOR THIS YEAR        

As mentioned above, this year, RWANDAwill join the ISO Community in launching the multi-year campaign on how standards contribute to the achievement of SDGs. This year national theme on:“Ensuring access to safe, affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy with standards”recognizes the tremendous role that standardization plays in advancing and implementing these goals, with a special focus on ensuring access to safe, affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7), as well as the partnerships and collaborations necessary for success.

Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy) – ensuring access to safe, affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – with its targets on universal access, energy efficiency and renewable energy, will open a new world of opportunity for billions of people; hence also contributing in alleviating the digital divide. In addition, it lays the foundation for the eradication of poverty, for climate action and for a sustainable world. Simply put, without progress on SDG 7, it would be impossible to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

In fact, lack of access to energy supplies and transformation systems is a constraint to human and economic development. The environment provides a series of renewable and non-renewable energy sources i.e. solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, bio-fuels, natural gas, coal, petroleum, uranium. Increased use of fossil fuels without actions to mitigate greenhouse gases will have global climate change implications. Energy efficiency and increased use of renewables contribute to climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Maintaining and protecting ecosystems allow using and further developing hydropower sources of electricity and bioenergy

To achieve SDG7 targets, we need the political will, concrete action and the right tools. National or International standards are one such tools. Standards developed or adopted by Rwanda Standards Boardgive true solutions to technical challenges we are facing nowadays:They help share expertise and expert know-how broadly within developed and developing countries. Those standards cover all aspects of energy efficiency, renewable energy and standardized related technologies and enhance action on climate. Their broad use helps reduce the environmental impact related to energy production, facilitates the sustainable use of limited resources and improves energy efficiency.

Also,standards published each year help tofind sustainable solution forenergy management, prepare the ground for renewable energy usage and integration into the electricity grid and pave the way for circular economy processes.They facilitate the use of less polluting forms of transport, such as electric vehicles or hydrogen-powered engines in order to reduce air emissions, clean cookstoves and bioenergy.

The benefits of standards use could go on, and found as ultimate tool used to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, standards are there to help us succeed in achieving the 2030 agendato end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of all.

        4. EVENTS TO MARK THE CELEBRATION OF WSD 2021

At country level, the World Standards Day will be preceded by the “Standards Week” starting from 11th to 16th October2021 where various activities including the following will be performed:

1. Online workshop on “Ensuring access to Safe, Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern energy with Standards” will be conducted on 13th October 2021. Consider the workshop program below.

2. Documentary showcasing the role of Rwanda and International Standards in achieving SDG7

3. Official celebration of WSD 2021on 14th October 2021.

Program of the virtual workshop on “Ensuring access to Safe, Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern energy with Standards”

 

 

S/N

Time

Item

Responsible

1

8:30 – 9:00

Joining the meeting

All participants

2

9:00 - 9:15

Opening of the workshop and back ground of World Standards Day

DG-RSB

3

9:15 - 9:35

Quality Infrastructure Services as a main pillar to ensure access to sustainable

Rwanda Standards Board

4

9:35 - 9:55

The role of Standards, policies and regulations in achieving clean, affordable and sustainable cooking in Rwanda

Rwanda Energy Group

5

9:55 – 10:15

Achieving sustainable E- mobility in Rwanda with standards, policies and regulations

City of Kigali

6

10:15 – 10:35

News Details Achieving clean, affordable and sustainable lighting in Rwanda

SDGs Secretariat in Rwanda

7

10:35 – 10:50

QA and other interventions on the theme

Moderator and all participants

8

10:50 – 11:00

Closing of the Workshop

The Director General of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB)

 

 

 

The workshop is accessible via the following links:

https://risa-rw.webex.com/risa-rw/j.php?MTID=m9e2be5b901ae2264d1951aad2a9c0226

Meeting number: 2403 767 0287

Meeting password: 28dG4di26j3