IEC President Shu Yinbiao has spoken about the importance of aligning the vision of the IEC to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Shu made the comments in an address to the IEC Council during the organization’s 84th General Meeting.
The UN SDGs are set of ambitious goals aimed at tackling poverty, hunger, climate change and other global problems.
Dr Shu said that consumers, employees and investors were calling on governments and industry to adopt policies that would ensure a green, resilient and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“IEC expertise can play a crucial role in protecting the environment and building a better future for the whole of humanity,” Dr Shu said. He noted that IEC Standards and conformity assessment contributed, both directly and indirectly, to indicators for all 17 of the UN SDGs.
“IEC work is making cities and critical infrastructure safer and more resilient. We are supporting the transition to a less carbon-intensive, more sustainable energy system”.
Dr Shu continued: “At the same time, our ground-breaking work on low voltage direct current (LVDC) is addressing the need to bring affordable and clean electricity to the nearly one billion people who currently go without”.
Dr Shu said that urgent action was needed to avoid increasing competition for scarce natural resources and hindering growth. He warned that failure to act now would not only affect business performance and stability, but also leave the IEC out of step with policymakers and regulators.
Dr Shu pointed out that there was also a compelling business case for embracing the SDGs, which he said could act as drivers for innovation, as well as opening up new and emerging markets, and creating new opportunities for investment.
Over 400 participants representing 84 countries are attending the first virtual IEC General Meeting. The move to an exclusively virtual format has been made to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants during the pandemic.
The 2020 GM consists of 15 sessions taking place between 9 and 20 November, including a series of virtual management meetings of the Standardization Management Board, Conformity Assessment Board, Council Board and the Council.
Given the time constraints inherent to virtual meetings, the Council session on 13 November 2020 only addressed statutory items. To provide members with a forum to learn more about the ongoing governance review and new revenue generating opportunities, the IEC will host two open sessions on these topics.
Three online sessions will allow developing and newly industrializing countries to learn more 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 will include case studies from participants in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The Academy and Capacity Building Day will showcase activities and best practices learned from the past year including stakeholder engagement and training approaches during COVID-19. Moderated networking sessions on the circular economy, 5G and the IEC Young Professionals Programme will be open to a wider audience on Facebook.
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