The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, this morning celebrated the day 'Standards, the key to the SDGs', in which early experts have highlighted the key role of technical standards as a first level aid for companies in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. At the event, held at the CEOE headquarters, UNE has presented its Awards that recognize the outstanding contribution to the standardization of people and organizations from different fields.

There are more than 4,000 UNE standards in the Spanish catalog, composed of about 33,000 standards, which make it easier for organizations to achieve the SDGs, as they provide the knowledge, consensus and collaboration that this global challenge requires, establishing a common language and measurable criteria . The rules contain good practices on key issues for the competitiveness of organizations, effectively responding to their challenges.

During the day, three success stories of Spanish UNE standards that guide companies in achieving the SDGs have been exposed, by way of example of these 4,000 standards.

Thus, UNE 178501 and UNE 178502 Standards establish the requirements to consider Smart Tourist Destinations, being pioneer standards in the world; these contribute to the fulfillment of SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities.

For its part, UNE 195006 Responsible Fisheries Tuna guarantees best practices in fishing activities, including socio-labor factors, helping numerous objectives, such as SDG 12 on responsible production and consumption, SDG 14 on underwater life and SDG 8 .

Meanwhile, Standard UNE 149002 establishes the criteria and requirements that allow identifying which products are biodegradable and disintegrable or not and, consequently, can be flushed or not. Thus, it helps, among others, to achieve SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation or SDG 13 on climate action.

On the day, the Secretary General of ISO, Sergio Mujica; the CEOE General Secretary, José Alberto González-Ruiz; the Director of the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Federico Buyolo; the Director of Tourism Research, Development and Innovation of SEGITTUR, Carlos Romero; the Managing Director of OPAGAC, Julio Morón; the General Director of ASPAPEL, Carlos Reinoso; the General Director of UNE, Javier García and the President of UNE, Carlos Esteban.

UNE Awards

On the other hand, during the day, UNE has presented its Awards that recognize the outstanding contribution to the standardization of people and organizations from different fields. The UNE Awards for President, CTN and Vocal of the Technical Committee for Standardization recognize those people and organizations for their involvement in the development of standards within the Spanish Association of Standardization, UNE. In addition, the Awards recognize the integration of standardization in innovation.

The Awards have fallen, respectively in:

  • UNE Award to the most outstanding CTN: CTN 36 Siderurgia, whose Secretariat manages Calsider-Steel Quality. The recognition has been received by his Secretary: Eugenio García Aller.
  • UNE Award for the most outstanding Presidency in 2019: Concepción García Rubio, President of CTN 201 on switchgear and low voltage accessories.
  • UNE Award for the most outstanding vocal in 2019: Delfín Jiménez Martín, In representation of EQAR Architecture Team, for his vocality, among others, in the Accessible Tourism working group of the CTN 170 Committee Universal accessibility and design for all.
  • UNE Award for the Integration of Standardization and Innovation in 2019. Has fallen on Joan Guasch Corominas, Director of International Development and Public Programs of R & D & I at EURECAT. This Technological Center of Catalonia systematically includes aspects of standardization in a high percentage of its proposals for new innovation projects in the Horizon 2020 Program.

University Awards

The academic award emerged four years ago as an initiative of the UNE University Education Forum on Standardization, to give visibility to standardization in that area and to recognize the final degree projects and final master projects that are linked to standardization and have the support of AENOR and UNIR, as well as the dedication of the members of the mentioned forum to evaluate the work.

In this fourth edition, the jury has decided to reward the following final degree projects:

  • First prize to José Ángel Martínez Martínez, from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, For his job “CERTISOFT: Evaluating the level of maturity and capacity of companies dedicated to developing software"
  • Second prize to Pedro Tolosa Villena, from the University of Extremadura, for his "Case study: adaptation of the Quality Management System of an oil mill to the 2015 version of the ISO 9001 Standard ”.
  • Third prize to Alejandro González Castillo, from the San Pablo-CEU University, for his "Design of a quality management system for a nutritional counseling service in the pharmacy office".


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