ISO Annual meeting

Abu Dhabi - UAE
19-23 September 2022

Programme

The week’s programme explores how by working together we can use standards to achieve a better and more sustainable world.

Programme overview

Download the programme at a glance, including governance meetings.

The full programme including all session titles, speakers and times will be available in July 2022. 

Stay tuned to our social platforms for key updates as they go live!

Registration

Join us in Abu Dhabi for the full event experience or take part virtually in the online sessions

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Sessions highlights

Tuesday

A conversation between international organizations on the opportunities and challenges of collaborating on international standards.

The events of the past two years have served as a reminder that the only way we can address global challenges is through coordinated and coherent action. Organizations cannot afford to operate in silos.

The world is in rapid need of finding common solutions. International Standards can act as accelerators of change, helping international organizations to amplify their impact. However, for standards to fulfil their potential for good, we need effective and meaningful collaboration with other international organizations.

This session will set the stage for a dialogue to better understand current opportunities and barriers for collaboration and what would need to be done to facilitate ongoing, strategic cooperation for greater impact.

#collaboration #sustainability #developingcountries

Tuesday

In their role as International Gender Champions, leaders from the World Standards Cooperation (IEC, ISO and ITU) open-up for an informal and candid conversation around gender equality. 

Gender inequality is one of the most significant human challenges of today. To solve this global challenge, and to achieve full gender equality, it is a necessity that men participate in the conversation and be part of the solution. 

Hear the CEOs of the world’s largest international standards organizations discuss how their own behaviours, privileges, and roles can affect and support the positive transformation of social norms in gender equality and women’s empowerment. Barbershop events are an initiative designed by UNWomen to provide men with tools to address inequality.

#HeForShe #diversity #sustainability #developingcountries

Tuesday & Wednesday

Come and discuss future trends and challenges with experts on the subjects that interest you most. 

The world around us is changing at an extraordinary pace. Understanding global trends – the long-term driving forces that are having an ongoing impact at an international level – is vital for anticipating the opportunities and challenges that our organizations will face.

The ISO Foresight trend report identifies the most relevant trends to impact standardization as we work towards achieving the goals and priorities of the ISO Strategy 2030.

During this session, discover and discuss trends that will impact our future to help us anticipate opportunities and risks.

#sustainability #innovation #developingcountries

Wednesday

Join an exclusive and intimate conversation where key stakeholders with very different perspectives imagine net-zero and how we get there.

The events of the past two years have served as a reminder that the only way we can address global challenges is through coordinated and coherent action. Organizations cannot afford to operate in silos. 
   
The world is in rapid need of finding common solutions. International Standards can act as accelerators of change, helping international organizations to amplify their impact. However, for standards to fulfil their potential for good, we need effective and meaningful collaboration with other international organizations.
  
This session will set the stage for a dialogue to better understand current opportunities and barriers for collaboration and what would need to be done to facilitate ongoing, strategic cooperation for greater impact.  
 

The science is clear: this is our last chance to mitigate global warming. We need to achieve net zero by the mid- century. This requires commitment and strong leadership from political and business communities, as well as ongoing, aligned contribution from civil society.

To realize COP 26’s promises to tackle climate, which doubled up net-zero pledges from companies, cities and governments in the past year, we need a framework for rules and accountability.

This session explores how International Standards can meet this need and set metrics for businesses and regulators to adopt a credible roadmap to deliver net zero.

#climateaction #sustainability #developingcountries

Wednesday

A unique and engaging experience uncovering the true power of diversity. 

When prioritized by business and society, diversity and inclusion unleash potential and uncover new opportunities. Hearing all voices ensures that products and services are truly relevant and applicable to all. What are some of pain points where standards could help ensure a more diversified, inclusive and fair society? What tools and measures would need to be put into place to better integrate voices that so far have not been heard, or are systematically ignored?

In this session, participants will explore real cases from around the world through a collaborative challenge to understand solutions to diversity issues.

#diversity #sustainability #developingcountries

Wednesday

Get answers from the crowd on the toughest challenges in the standards world.

How do we engage universities? What are the challenges of digitalization? Am I ready for a future pandemic? From information technology to stakeholder engagement, every industry and organization is facing pressing challenges that need urgent action. Many of the more sensitive or otherwise complex subject matters are not being addressed in a timely manner, or at all, due to lack of creative solutions, resources or other difficulties.

In this session we offer a safe-space for peers in the standards industry to examine and discuss out-of-the-box solutions to burning topics, benefiting from the wide experience of the standards community. A unique crowdsourcing solution experience.

#collaboration #innovation #developingcountries

Monday - thursday

Thematic Sessions

Organized by ISO Members and partners, each of these sessions will explore a different theme by showcasing standards in the context of today’s most important global challenges. All of these sessions will be delivered in either hybrid or virtual format.

All week

Networking

There will be an emphasis on networking opportunities throughout the week, including dedicated time and spaces for formal and informal side-meetings.

Registered attendees will have the opportunity to book spaces via the virtual platform.

Tuesday & Friday

Standards in context

See and experience ‘Standards in Context’ by visiting pioneering and innovative sustainability hubs, organized and led by the ISO Annual Meeting 2022 hosts, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT). 

The ISO community

Thursday

General Assembly

The overarching organ and ultimate authority of ISO, the meeting of the General Assembly is the opportunity to exchange with fellow ISO Members as the way forward is charted, together. 

Monday

DEVCO

The annual meeting of the ISO Committee on developing country matters (DEVCO) will discuss opportunities and challenges of ISO members in developing countries contributing to the future of the standardization landscape.

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Contact

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Klaus Hatlanek
Events Manager

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Visa and logistics

ISO.abudhabi@moiat.gov.ae