Issue 21 – October 2010
World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate within IEC, ISO, and ITU to develop voluntary international Standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge, and disseminate technological advances.
The theme of this year's World Standards Day message is 'Standards make the world accessible for all'. With at least 650 million people globally affected by some kind of disability, combined with the rising numbers of older people in the world's population – one quarter of all citizens are 60 or older – the issue of accessibility to products and services has become more important than ever.
The World Standards Day message is signed by the leaders of the three principal international standardisation organisations: Mr Jacques Régis, President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Dr Alan Morrison, President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
For the three leaders, 'international Standards facilitate everybody's access to products, structures, and services. They include safety considerations, ergonomics, and harmonised test methods all geared to increase accessibility. Standards also provide a platform for the dissemination of technological innovations both in developed and developing countries. They help markets to grow faster and increase global trade.'
The leaders of the three organisations conclude their message, 'IEC, ISO, and ITU coordinate their work and offer a system of standardisation that helps designers, manufacturers, and policy makers to make the world safer and more accessible for all, today and tomorrow.'
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- Accessibility – it impacts on everyone – October 2010