Disaster risk governance is the theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction held on 13 October. According to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, “Bad situations only get worse without good disaster risk governance”.
Electricity is the backbone operating much of a modern city. It ensures safety through lighting and traffic signalling systems and enables communications with broadcasting, Internet and phone services. Medical equipment relies on electricity as do the electronic payments used in store
Michael Schwan has been nominated Chair of IEC Technical Committee 99, which prepares safety standards relating to high voltage electrical power installations, notably dealing with their system engineering and building.
From severe droughts to hurricanes and flooding, disasters appear more frequently and with a greater intensity than in the past. IEC Standards provide the tools to enable countries to recover from disasters.