The fifth ISO Chairs' Conference 2011
16-17 June 2011
International Conference Centre (CICG)
Over the last few years, ISO has taken a number of actions to better position itself as the leading platform for the production of globally and market relevant International Standards. However, the global economic crisis, the increase in market players producing standards, as well as the need to respond to fast-changing market needs have required ISO to increase its efforts to ensure that it is moving in one coherent and measured direction. A thoroughly considered and common strategy is key to ensuring that ISO is positioned to meet evolving market expectations.
At its meeting in September 2010 in Oslo (Norway), the General Assembly approved the ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015 which was prepared through a broad consultation process. An annual strategic implementation plan will be developed defining the intermediate objectives and actions to be undertaken in order to progress with the implementation of the longer term strategy. This will be done by Council on a yearly basis in order to move forward with the implementation of the longer- term strategy.
The fifth chairs' conference is entitled: "Simpler, faster, better".
The technical committees, subcommittees, project committees and working groups, as well as their secretariats, are the backbone of the ISO system. On them depends the fulfillment of ISO's strategic objectives relating to the technical work, and in particular the assurance of global and market relevance, quality of consensus and timely delivery of ISO deliverables. The 2011 conference will therefore focus on the key initiatives in the pipeline to give effect to ISO's strategy and their impact on the technical community.
The event will be structured to obtain your views on how to best meet the challenges ahead. In addition, as has become the tradition with the chairs' conference, many opportunities will be provided to permit an exchange of information between the participants.
We look forward to learning about your expectations and exchanging experiences and ideas on the challenges ahead for the next five years.