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IEC e-tech – December - IEC General Meeting 2012

IEC e-tech: IEC General Meeting 2012

IEC General Meeting 2012

 

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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich

 

Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand

 

Contributors:

Janice Blondeau

Morand Fachot

Zoé Smart

 

2012 IEC General Meeting

 

This edition of e-tech summarizes much of the 2012 IEC General Meeting proceedings in Oslo, Norway, from management meetings to Young Professionals and Industrializing Country workshops, Affiliate Forum and IEC Awards. Not to forget the extensive photo gallery.

 

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Making IEC the home of industry

 

In his address to Council, IEC President Klaus Wucherer focused on a topic that is recurrent throughout the IEC Masterplan: “Making IEC the home of industry”. Two questions need to be answered: How to define “home” in the global IEC context and why put the accent on industry rather than on any other stakeholder group?

 

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Ronnie Amit, Frans Vreeswijk address Council

 

The traditional Activity Report that Ronnie Amit initiated at the 1999 Kyoto General Meeting took a slightly different form this year. First, Amit focused on the unique advantages of the IEC, followed by Frans Vreeswijk who provided an update on IEC Masterplan implementation.

 

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IEC SMB - Systems approach

 

IEC Vice-President and Chairman of SMB (Standardization Management Board) James E. Matthews III presented his report to the IEC Council.

 

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IEC CAB - Regional cooperation high on the agenda

 

IEC Vice-President and Chairman of CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) Dr Hiromichi Fujisawa presented his report to the IEC Council.

 

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Lord Kelvin Award - Highest distinction in electrotechnology

 

Friedrich Harless, of Germany, received the 2012 Lord Kelvin Award for his lifelong contribution to electrical safety from the hands of IEC President Klaus Wucherer. The ceremony took place during the IEC Council Statutory Session in Oslo.

 

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Growing the next generation

 

As part of IEC's focus on broadening its base of professional experts and increasing awareness of its work, close to 60 representatives from 30 National Committees came together to share experiences, network and learn more about the world of international standardization at the successful IEC Young Professionals workshop in Oslo.

 

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Council Statutory Session

 

Council, the supreme governing body of the IEC, held its meeting on Friday 5 October 2012, during the IEC General Meeting in Oslo. The morning session was dedicated to the statutory issues of the Commission.

 

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IEC Thomas A. Edison Award recipients

 

Five of the seven laureates of the IEC 2012 Thomas A. Edison Award were honoured during the IEC General Meeting week in Oslo in October.

 

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Adoption of IEC International Standards

 

Adoption of International Standards as national standards is an important topic for developing countries. The workshop for industrializing countries, held in Oslo during the General Meeting, presented a course on *Adopting and referencing IEC International Standards for use in technical regulations for IEC Members and Affiliates”.

 

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Affiliate Forum - Raise awareness, increase participation

 

The Affiliate Forum has been part of the IEC General Meeting agenda since 2009 and is a great opportunity for Affiliate delegations to meet, exchange views, share experiences and discuss common challenges and issues, both at the global and regional levels.

 

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Photo gallery

 

A selection of photos taken during the 76th IEC General Meeting in Oslo, Norway.

 

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Council elects next IEC President

 

IEC Council elected Dr Junji Nomura of Japan as IEC President for a three-year term of office, starting 1 January 2014.

 

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Jacques Régis - A quiet strength

 

IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis ends his mandate at the end of this year. He shared his views on his five-year involvement in IEC governance for e-tech. Régis lists some of the milestones that marked his term. These include the greater prominence given to IEC Conformity Assessment systems, the wider involvement of young experts and developing countries through the Young Professionals and Affiliate Programmes.

 

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New IEC executive leadership

 

At the IEC General Meeting in Oslo, it was announced that Frans Vreeswijk has taken over the role of IEC General Secretary and CEO from 1 October 2012. He succeeds Ronnie Amit, who served as IEC General Secretary from 1 January 1999 until 30 September 2012.

 

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IEC General Secretary addresses ANSI Board of Directors

 

On 6 December, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk addressed the Board of Directors of ANSI (American National Standards Institute). In his presentation, he noted the ever increasing importance standardization and conformity assessment are taking in the global marketplace, and outlined a clear vision for the organization going forward: “Making IEC the Home of Industry.”

 

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Obituary – Giovanni Nozza

 

At the end of November 2012, the Italian IEC National Committee announced the passing away of a valued and distinguished member of the standardization community and former Lord Kelvin Award recipient, Giovanni Nozza.

 

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IEC-IEEE Challenge winners’ insights

 

The winning papers in the IEC-IEEE Challenge bring insights into the benefits of standards and standardization, from perspectives which range from cloud computing, to the German electricity and electronic industry, to the digital divide.

 

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Upcoming global events

 

This month we would like to draw your attention to two global events that may be of interest to the IEC community: Global Electronics Forum and Energy Storage 2013.

 

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