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ISO GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGHLIGHTS

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MOSCOW, October 4, 2021 – The online events of the International Organization
for Standardization (ISO) General Assembly and the meetings of the ISO governing bodies, attended by delegations of more than 160 states, have come to an end. The Russian delegation was chaired by the Head of Rosstandart Anton Shalaev, the delegation also included representatives of the central office of Rosstandart and the Federal State Budgetary Institution "Russian Institute of Standardization".

The main topic of the ISO General Assembly was the application of standards to ensure sustainable development, which is the aim of the ISO 2030 Strategy that entered into force at the beginning of 2021. Following the discussions at the plenary meeting, sessions and round tables, the ISO London Declaration was adopted, approved by 165 ISO member states and indicating the commitment of the International Organization for Standardization to the global climate agenda. In accordance with the approved document, both the impact of its provisions on the climate, both direct and indirect should be taken into account while developing a new international standard and while revising an existing one.

According to ISO Secretary General Sergio Mujica, "We must do everything possible to promote the importance and role of ISO standards in fight against climate change. By adopting the London Declaration, we call on the international community to work together to encourage the inclusion of international standards at the heart of climate action". "ISO's voice was clearly heard. Together, we have adopted a historic declaration reaffirming our commitment to climate action" ISO President Edward Nyoroge added.

Within the framework of the General Meeting, the results of the annual competition for the award were also summed up. Lawrence D. Eicher – for the most effective work and significant contribution of the ISO Technical Committee to the development of international standards. The award is aimed at encouraging the introduction of innovative and effective processes and solutions in the development of international standards. In addition, this award is an opportunity to promote and exchange best practices between ISO committees. The winner of the award was the subcommittee 4 "Industrial Information" of the ISO 184 Technical committee "Industrial Automation Systems and Integration", which indicates another priority in the work of ISO - digitalization. The Russian Federation is an active participant of ISO/TC 184 SC 4, and more than 770 international standards developed by the committee have already been adopted as national standards in our country. 

The role of digitalization is also indicated by a new guidance document adopted jointly by ISO and IEC – "Guidelines for the effective use of meetings of technical bodies in a hybrid format". In the nearest future, it is planned to adopt a similar harmonized document in Russia.

Also, according to the results of the elections, the ISO leadership included Christoph Winterhalter, Head of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), who was elected as ISO Vice President for Strategy, and Javier Garcia, Director General of the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE), who was elected as ISO Vice President for Technical Management. 

In the coming week, the General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission starts its work, which is also going to be attend by Russian experts.

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