After underlining the importance of cooperation in general and collaboration between IEC and ISO, IEC President Jim Shannon shared some thoughts about global challenges and how both organizations can help address them.
Extracts of the speech of Jim Shannon to ISO members on Friday 28 September, 2018, in Geneva:
We are coming here at a crucial time… The issue is much broader than international trade. Today there is a crisis in multilateralism in the world and Geneva is the operational heart of multilateralism.
People may say that they reject globalism, but globalism is a reality, it is not an aspiration. Companies are global. They have their research and development in one country, their operation in another, their production in a third and fourth, and so on. That’s globalism.
It is important for all of us to understand the important role we play in defusing the current crisis. We are organizations that are built on consensus, that’s our core value. We believe that bringing people together represents the best way to solve challenges in health, safety, efficiency, etc. We are convinced that this should happen on a technical basis and not based on ideology, not on what the biggest countries want.
We believe that the best way to achieve this is to have the broadest representation. That’s why we bring people from all over the world together. We have essential rules that allow people to participate at an equal basis.
In the past, organizations such as ours have played a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty, in ensuring the health, safety and well-being of citizens. Going forward, we believe that technical advances and economic growth should be accessible be available to everyone as quickly as possible.
The only way this can happen is if we have strong international organizations that allow this to happen. It is extremely important now that we tell our story and that we explain the role we have played in advancing economies, and we need to ensure that the progress we have seen in the past continues well into the future.