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Free and fair elections thanks to well defined and managed electoral services are at the heart of a democratic political system, and casting a vote is a basic political right. Having robust systems in place is essential for this to run smoothly. Newly revised international guidance for electoral organizations...
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In an increasingly globalized world, trade and traceability is getting trickier as supply chains get longer and more complex. Accreditation is a sure way for businesses to provide assurance of the quality and authenticity of their products at every step. It is also the theme of this year’s World Accreditation...
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A brand can be a company’s most valuable asset – yet how do you know what it’s really worth? Measuring the value of a brand starts with knowing what to measure – and how. The world’s first International Standard for brand evaluation will help, and it’s just been published.
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There is nothing more precious to life than the air we breathe. This year’s World Environment Day theme is air pollution and ISO has a range of international standards that help to combat it.
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When is a kilogramme not a kilogramme? When it is not defined in the International System of Units (SI). To mark the launch of its recently revised version, the SI has been chosen as the theme of this year’s World Metrology Day.
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Artificial lighting has come a long way since the lightbulb was invented some 150 years ago. To celebrate the important role that light plays in all aspects of our lives and the sustainable development of society, today is UNESCO’s International Day of Light. 
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City living is on the rise, having gone from 751 million of the world’s population in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. What’s more, it’s expected to reach 6.7 billion in 20501. How can cities adapt and prepare to ensure they provide adequate resources and a sustainable future? They can’t improve what they...
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Implementing an environmental management system (EMS) based on ISO 14001 might seem like a big task, but that doesn’t mean it is just for the bigger players in the market. Breaking it down into phases is the key. A newly revised guidance document just published helps businesses of all shapes and sizes...
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As governments, business and the ordinary consumer attempt to recalibrate their daily existence to avoid the consumption of fossil fuels, we are often frustrated by the sheer scale and size of the task. What, we often ask, can we do to make a difference?

Hosting 6 % of the world’s biodiversity on its tiny land mass, it’s no wonder Costa Rica is committed to protecting the environment. Now, the next milestone on the political agenda is achieving carbon neutrality. Mauricio Céspedes, Executive Director at INTECO, ISO’s member for the country, explains...