World Issues and How Standards Can Help

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Eight hands, of various skin colours, coming together to form a circle.

Last week, Standards Australia hosted the ISO Annual Meeting  in Brisbane – the first time it’s been held in Australia for 20 years. Presented over five days in virtual, hybrid and in-person sessions with more than 4000 participants from over 140 countries (500 in-person) under the theme “Meeting Global Needs”. The event covered some of the most important issues facing the world. Stand out sessions include:

  • Ready or not, here comes AI – AI is everywhere, but it is important to identify both the benefits and risks associated with using it and recognise that humans need to remain at the centre of decision-making.
  • Hydrogen: Fuel of the future? – The headwinds confronting the uptake of Hydrogen as a clean energy source are significant, but global standards may provide a path forward.
  • Building resilience in an uncertain world – Climate change is intensifying, but if we are to tackle the challenges it brings, we must collaborate: standards can play a vital role in mitigating risks and strengthening urban resilience.

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For highlights of the ISO Annual Meeting or to watch (or rewatch) online sessions click here.