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G20: call to action on international standards

11/11/2020

The Riyadh International Standards Summit recently took place. It was the first ever summit on standardisation to be held within G20-related activities, which this year is under the presidency of Saudi Arabia.

The Riyadh International Standards Summit, which was held online, was jointly organised by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, is the Spanish member of the European and international standardisation organisations.

At the event, the organisers requested actions to support standardisation and the recognition and adoption of international standards.

The Riyadh International Standards Summit concluded with a call to action for each country to recognise, support, and adopt international standards to accelerate digital transformation in all sectors of the economy to help overcome global crises, such as COVID-19, and contribute towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) This call to action underlines the important role of international standards in implementing the United Nations Global Programme to achieve the 17 SDGs.

The G20 meeting, which is taking place virtually on 21 and 22 November, is a global forum where world leaders meet and discuss global political and economic trends and challenges.