World Standards Day is celebrated every year on the 14th of October and it represents a tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide that develop voluntary international standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances.
International standards represent the consensus view of the world’s top experts from various industry sectors (energy, energy efficiency, transportation, management systems, climate changes, health, security, information technology etc.).
Top experts from all over the world volunteer their knowledge and experience in service of the public interest and cooperate to elaborate the standards that offer a solid basis for positive changes in governments, society and international business.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are the world’s three principal standards bodies and are committed to collaboration under the banner of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC).
Each year the heads of the three organizations sign a message outlining the World Standards Day theme. This year the message is signed by Klaus Wucherer, President of IEC; Terry Hill, President of ISO; and Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of ITU. 2013 message underlines the manner in which 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”.