Publication date: 25.11.2020
MOSCOW, November 5, 2020 – International standardization was included in the G20 summit agenda for the first time. The conference was organized by the national standardization body of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that holds the G20 presidency in 2020. Held in the format of video conference the summit was attended by leaders of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the national standardization bodies of the G20 countries. Anton Shalaev, Deputy Head of Rosstandart, took part in the event on behalf of the Russian Federation.
The summit was dedicated to discussion of the role of standards in global trade and social and economic development, as well as sharing experiences and views on further application of standards in response to global challenges. The event resulted in the adoption of a joint statement that will be presented to the G20 leaders at the meeting in November 2020.
«International standards, as well as their testing, inspection and certification, contribute to the development of international trade and ensure that products and services are developed according to globally agreed criteria for safety, efficiency and sustainability. To increase the role of standards, especially in the context of digital transformation, it is necessary to develop public-private partnerships and involve all stakeholders in the processes of international standards development,» the statement reads.
According to ISO Secretary General Sergio Mujica, «Every state in the world can play an important role in overcoming common challenges by participating in the development and further adoption of international standards as a key tool for economic and social development.»
«The adoption of the joint statement is a signal of real support for the international standards developed by consensus of ISO, IEC and ITU, demonstrating that in the pandemic context, we are becoming more and more interdependent. Only global solutions can meet the global challenges,» said Secretary General of the IEC Philip Metzger.