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G20 pledge climate action and underline importance of standards
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The leaders of the world’s richest economies have agreed to adopt "meaningful and effective actions" to limit global warming. The G20 Rome Leaders’ Declaration also underlined the importance of consensus-based international standards for ensuring the better inclusion of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) in the digital economy.

Attention now shifts to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where world leaders are expected to announce more tangible measures to support the commitments. IEC and ISO have developed a “Climate Action Kit”, a package to support policymakers in their commitment to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions.

The package presents case studies on how standards can support public policies and influence climate change initiatives.

The IEC is working with ISO and other organizations to create a system of legislative rules, stakeholder-led international standards and accredited Conformity Assessment Systems. The idea is to accelerate policy outcomes by building consensus across government, regulators, industry and all parties involved in the process.

The IEC has pledged to continue to provide effective solutions to combat climate change and mitigate its consequences, by publishing consensus-based International Standards and providing certification by the members of the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems.

The Rome declaration came four days after the world’s three global standardization organizations, IEC, ISO and ITU, urged the G20 leaders to “recognize, support and adopt international standards” to contribute directly to the summit goals of supporting health and education, achieving sustainability and to enabling the economic resilience of businesses.

The call to action was part of the International Standards Summit for People, Planet and Prosperity, held under the aegis of the Italian G20 Presidency. The three standards development organizations highlighted the powerful role that standards can play in facilitating recovery on all levels of sustainability.

IEC, ISO and ITU highlighted how the current pandemic had demonstrated the benefits of digitalization to the G20 goals and the integral role that international standards play in supporting this. They described international standards as the backbone of digital technologies, which created a “common language” that enabled quality and compatibility for all users.

"Digital technologies that work safely and efficiently for the benefit of society can ensure a sustainable, equitable and prosperous future. It enables new forms of collaboration and opens up new creative possibilities for environmental policy. Digital technologies supported by international standards are powerful solutions for climate action and economic sustainability," said the call to action.

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