The UAE has pledged to work with various nations to ensure standardization in education, health, nutrition, sustainable global energy transition and other areas
As the world navigates the climate crisis – among other challenges – cross-border cooperation must continue, the ISO chief told a global meeting in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Ulrika Francke, President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), emphasized the crucial need for international standards in order to achieve the climate goals.
“We need to use standardization to support the global climate agenda, and collaboration is key,” Francke said in a keynote address to kick off this year’s ISO annual meeting.
Several government officials and industry leaders from around the world have gathered in Abu Dhabi for the event, which will last until September 23.
“If we work together, we can achieve more when we tackle various problems that affect us globally than if we work individually,” emphasized the ISO boss.
She pointed out that standards – such as the ISO package for carbon accounting – are essential for setting concrete climate targets, as achievable targets require credible information.
She also cited some of ISO’s achievements – such as the organization’s commitment to the London Declaration – which unite the global community in using standards to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The ISO President noted that the organization has 167 member countries, all of which work on solving various problems in the 340 ISO technical committees.
“We work together through these technical committees across all nationalities and borders to move things forward,” Francke said Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the session
She added that many countries from almost all over the world are attending the ISO meeting, but the challenge lies with the developing countries that are not yet able to attend.
“ISO is working on capacity building to make it easier for these countries to attend the meetings,” she said.
The event, hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), has attracted more than 2,000 delegates – physically and virtually.
Omar Al Suwaidi, under-secretary of the Ministry of Industry and High Technology, said the UAE highly values its high-quality infrastructure and is committed to working with different nations to ensure standardization in education, health, nutrition, sustainable global energy transition and other areas.
“The country has finalized around 27,000 standards and technical regulations in areas related to industry, high technology and future industries, alongside other sectors such as healthcare, education, construction, nutrition, agriculture and management systems, among other dynamic sectors shaping the future. ” he said.
Some of the key topics to be discussed at the five-day meeting are: “How international standards can help implement credible climate plans”; “How trade policy can support the climate agenda”; “Innovative solutions to water scarcity”; “The Circular Economy: Digitization”; “The London Declaration: a year on”; “Trade in the Age of Digitization”; and “Resilient food systems: an innovative and sustainable approach”.
The ISO Annual Meeting will also witness the signing of several Memoranda of Understanding between MoIAT and various other national and international standardization bodies.
Support for the Make in the Emirates campaign.
The hosting of the ISO Annual Meeting supports the UAE’s “Make in the Emirates” campaign to launch a new phase of promotion and stimulation of the industrial sector, driven in part by the country’s quality infrastructure ecosystem, which is a fundamental pillar of the National Strategy for the Represents industry and advanced technology, also known as Operation 300 trillion.
The Make it in the Emirates campaign is an open invitation to industrialists, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs to work with the Ministry and benefit from the UAE’s exceptional value proposition to further their ambitions in developing, manufacturing and exporting their products to fulfill.
It is a key pillar of Operations 300 Trillion, which aims to increase the industrial sector’s contribution to GDP from Dh133bn to Dh300bn by 2031. The strategy aligns with national goals and international commitments related to promoting sustainable economic growth through the deployment of clean energy solutions, driving industrial innovation and promoting responsible consumption and production.