The contribution of ISO International Standards to tackling the growing diversity of interrelated and complex challenges the world is facing today is at the heart of the five year strategy to be discussed and approved by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, at its 33rd General Assembly on 15-17 September, in Oslo, Norway.

GA Open session 2010
The diversity of challenges facing the global community is already reflected in the growing scope of ISO, which over recent years has been called upon by its international stakeholders to develop standards in areas such as energy efficiency, social responsibility, event management sustainability and road traffic safety. The new strategic plan will take account of such emerging global challenges to result in a broader, stronger, even more customer-oriented ISO.

In addition to the debate on strategy, an open session on “IT@work and the contribution of standards” will be organized on 16 September. The event will address the growing pervasiveness and reliance on IT in the daily working lives of people, including in innovative and sensitive areas such as health informatics, building and construction, banking and finance, cross-border trade, etc.

Presentations by IT experts will look at how ISO standards can contribute to promoting compatibility and interoperability, efficiency, security and safety, as well as addressing the challenges facing "green IT" and developing countries.  

The ISO open session will make intensive use of social media to reach a wider public, further encouraging openness and communication.  People from around the world will be able to follow the IT@work conference live via webcast.

Standards Norway, ISO member for the country and host of the General Assembly, will set up a “Twitter wall”, inviting participants and those following the event online to submit comments and questions using the hashtag “#isooslo2010”. A selection of tweets will then be communicated to the facilitator and speakers for comment during the open session. In addition, a number of videos from the event will be available on YouTube.

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