World Standards Cooperation
The three worldwide international standardization organizations – the IEC, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) – consolidated their cooperation through the WSC, the World Standards Cooperation.
The three organizations participated in an international workshop organized by ICES (the International Cooperation for Education about Standardization). Sponsored by METI, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the event took place in March 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.
IEC, ISO and ITU made presentations on the theme of "How to Introduce International Cooperation for Education about Standardization into National Education Programs". WSC agreed to host the 2010 ICES conference in Geneva as part of Academia week.
Also in March, experts from the three organizations gathered at the 79th Geneva Motor Show for the fourth edition of the Fully Networked Car workshop, during which they focused on issues that facilitate the convergence of information and communications technologies in motor vehicles.
IEC, ISO and ITU celebrated World Standards Day on 14 October, as a means to recognize the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts who develop international standards. They released a joint message and a poster highlighting the year’s theme of “Tackling climate change”.
The second joint ISO and IEC Marketing & Communication Forum took place in December in Geneva. It brought together more than 100 marketing and communications specialists from some 60 standardization organizations around the world. Attendees found themselves quickly pulled into the world of the Internet and social media. With glimpses of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other such Web 2.0 platforms, they discussed modern means of making their messages heard.