World Standards Day 2013: International standards ensure positive change
Geneva, Switzerland, 2013-10-11 – World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate within IEC, ISO and ITU to develop voluntary international standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances.
International standards represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors ranging from energy utilities and energy efficiency to transportation, management systems, climate change, healthcare, safety, and information and communication technology (ICT). Volunteering their knowledge in service of the public interest, experts in these and many other subjects come together to create standards that share innovation with all the world’s countries and so provide business, government and society with a solid platform for positive change.
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) are the world’s three principal standards bodies and are committed to collaboration under the banner of the WSC (World Standards Cooperation).
Each year the heads of the three organizations sign a message outlining the World Standards Day theme. Signed this year by Dr Klaus Wucherer, President of IEC; Terry Hill, President of ISO; and Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of ITU, the 2013 message highlights how international standards ensure positive change by providing “cohesion to a myriad of national and regional standards; thereby harmonizing global best practices, eliminating technical barriers to trade, and fostering shared socio-economic advance.”
Standards support rapid economic growth in developing countries by outlining best practices that enable them to avoid "reinventing the wheel". Given the strong correlation between economic growth and urbanization, standards are becoming increasingly important in helping cities develop more intelligent and sustainable infrastructures.
International standards ensure that products, services and environments become more accessible to persons with disabilities.
Standards are also applied as tools to help reduce climate change by improving energy efficiency and decreasing waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
Standards share best practices in renewable energy generation, provide cutting-edge requirements and processes for waste disposal and recycling, and tools to enhance efficiency and environmental sustainability across all industry sectors.
These benefits are ultimately all passed on to the consumer in the form of greater choice, increased quality and lower prices.
Read the World Standards Day 2013 message here and information on WSD poster designed by Frederica Scott Vollrath here.