The United Nations, through UNECE, recommends IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems in the areas of cybersecurity and equipment used in explosive environments.
The TBT Agreement recognizes the important contribution of international standards and conformity assessment to improving the efficiency of production and international trade.
The IEC has developed close ties with a large number of international organizations, both UN and non-UN.
The IEC has also developed close ties with the IMF, EBRD, World Bank, UNDP and WHO.
Is a high-level collaboration between the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union).
The three organizations preserve their common interests in strengthening and advancing the voluntary consensus-based International Standards system.
The WTO complimented the IEC on the Affiliate Country Programme which was launched in 2001 to provide a tool which allows developing countries to participate in international standardization and conformity assessment activities, without the financial burden of membership. In this context, the IEC regularly updates WTO delegates about its activities during WTO TBT Committee meetings.