Children at the Gugulethu Primary School in KwaMashu just outside of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal on 19 September 2018.

The Gugulethu School is a recipient of a new EcoSan toilet system care of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge and funding from the BMGF. 

The BMGF visited the school in part to shoot a documentary on the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge - an attempt to bring sustainable sanitation solutions to 2.5 billion people worldwide that don't have access to safe, affordable sanitation.
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New ISO International Standard for revolutionary sanitation systems launched at the Reinvented Toilet Expo, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held in Beijing today.
Tractor moving a logged tree.
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Ensuring the safety of tractors and other agricultural equipment means ensuring the control systems that are in place work as they are meant to. The internationally trusted set of standards for such systems has just been updated, making it even fitter for the farm.
Large stacks of cut timber logs at a sustainably managed pine forest.
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Deforestation and forest degradation are ravaging our planet, threatening biodiversity and contributing to climate change havoc and global warming. As consumer awareness grows, so too does the demand to know the origins of wood in the products they buy. A new ISO standard for tracing wood back to its...
Blurred people going by bike in Copenhagen, with Christiansborg palace on background.
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Urbanization is alive and growing: our cities are tipped to house an additional 2.4 billion people over the next 30 years. “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities” is the theme of this year’s United Nations World Cities Day, and ISO standards are proving to be essential tools to do exactly that.
Hands of a man a coffee application on a mobile phone with an application used to control the bluetooth coffee machine.
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The number of connected devices worldwide is growing exponentially and this “Internet of Things” affects every area of our lives from electricity to agriculture. A recently published International Standard will help ensure these systems are seamless, safer and far more resilient.
Woman testing eggs, in a laboratory.
Washington, DC, 22 October 2018: AOAC INTERNATIONAL (AOAC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announce that they have entered into a cooperation agreement for the joint development and approval of common standards and methods. The partnership significantly increases the global...
Airplane in the sky with clouds at sunset.
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New technologies, from robotics to machine learning, are ushering in a period of rapid change and development. While the aviation industry is working to reap the benefits of this industrial automation, standards, especially those of ISO/TC 184/SC 4, will play a key role in ensuring a smooth flight path –...
An automated library storage system.
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No longer just a fictional theme for far-fetched science fiction movies, artificial intelligence is now very much a day-to-day part of our reality. In factories, in intelligent transportation, even in the medical field, artificial intelligence (AI) is just about everywhere. But what exactly is artificial...
Programmer checking the quality of the software in charge of automation.
Technological change is taking place at a dizzying rate, transforming our lives in all manner of ways that are not always obvious. How can we ensure efficient management of these automated systems so disruption is positive and does not become a bewildering maelstrom beyond our control?
Moroccan woman baking bread (khubz) in a clay oven.
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Polluting stoves and open fires kill millions every year. A new standard dedicated to clean and safe cookstoves has just been published, providing a valuable platform for the industry to grow.