IEC President Yinbiao Shu has closed the 2020 General Meeting. More than 650 delegates participated over the two weeks of the first-ever virtual IEC GM.
In a video message, Dr Shu thanked the IEC community for their “trust, commitment and belief”. He called it a “very successful” meeting, saying that progress had been made on a number of essential issues.
“At this meeting, we have heard about the governance review, which is underway to ensure transparency and responsiveness to the needs of stakeholders,” he said. “We have also heard about work on several other fronts that will ensure that the IEC remains vital in the digital era.”
Dr Shu said that IEC Standards and conformity assessment would play a crucial role in building a safer, greener and more inclusive post-pandemic world. He said the IEC was not only making cities and critical infrastructure more resilient, but also supporting the transition to a less carbon-intensive, more sustainable energy system.
He cited IEC work on low voltage direct current electricity, which he said was “addressing the need to bring affordable and clean electricity to the nearly one billion people who currently go without”.
The slimmed down 84th IEC General Meeting included a series of virtual management meetings of the Standardization Management Board, Conformity Assessment Board, Council Board and the Council. Two open sessions provided members with a forum to learn more about the ongoing governance review and new revenue generating opportunities.
Three sessions were devoted to briefing developing and newly industrializing countries about the role of standardization in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of conformity assessment and how to engage stakeholders in the standardization process. These three sessions included case studies from participants in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The Academy and Capacity Building Day presented activities and best practices learned from the past year, including stakeholder engagement and training approaches during COVID-19. It is still possible to view the moderated networking sessions on cyber security, conformity assessment, circular economy, 5G, and the IEC Young Professionals Programme on Facebook.