ISO is dedicating this issue to the maritime industry, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.

From traditional sales-related services to intangibles such as banking, tourism, and education, services represent the fastest growing sector of the global economy. They are also by far the largest component of GDP.

High-level executives reveal their companies' perspectives on the benefits of standards implementation and leading industry figures share their expectations for today and tomorrow.

This issue is devoted to sustainable development and explores how some of 19 000 ISO standards have provided tools for translating the global desire for a sustainable world into practical actions that achieve positive results.

With continual accessibility to the Internet, we can check our e-mail, shop and access information anytime. But behind these innovations are real people, visionaries and supporting these gurus and innovators are International Standards.

To coincide with the "50 Years of Human Spaceflight", theme of the World Space Week 2011, the special report of this edition is devoted to the discovery of space standards.

This issue of ISO Focus+ highlights how ISO standards help create confidence in products, services and in global trade.

What is ISO’s magic formula? We unveil the tools on which ISO’s success rests: the ISO standards development process.

This issue features an array of articles highlighting the diverse technical assistance projects aimed at developing countries and how these are made possible through the generous support of donor agencies.

The issue raises awareness of International Standards as part of the solution to today’s energy issues. It brings together a portfolio of articles from a diverse range of subjects: from electric cars to energy efficiency of buildings.
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