With the evolution of technology and the explosion of the Internet, Websites, social media and online services are giving rise to new challenges for industry and consumers.

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.
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