• Lead-organizer: International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-6

ISO International Standards and Green Economy

Organizing partners

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ABNT ( Brazilian Association of Technical Standards )

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards.
ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 163 countries, one member per country. It is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. Therefore, ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.This global network is complemented by the contribution of more than 600 international and regional organizations. ISO work is carried out through more than 3 300 technical bodies. Some 100 000 experts from all parts of the world participate in the ISO work which, to date, has resulted in the publication of more than 19 000 international standards, on an average of 100 per month, covering a broad spectrum of issues, technologies and sectors, providing solutions in all three dimensions of sustainable development ?
environmental, economic and societal.

ABNT is the ISO member in Brazil. The Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) was created in 1940, as a private non-profit
organization engaged in the preparation of national standards. In 1962, Federal Law 4150 granted ABNT the status of Public Utility Organization. By a Governmental Resolution of 1992, ABNT was declared the only National Forum for Standardization, being responsible for the management of the Brazilian standardization process. It is a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, since 1940,
has been a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ABNT is also a founding member of the Pan-American Standards Commission (COPANT) and of the Mercosul Association for Standardization (AMN).


Objective of the side event : to promote wide dialogue about the importance of the ISO international standards as a contribution to the green economy in the sustainable development context. This side event will provide the attendance with examples on how an international, consensus-based, multi-stakeholder standards-setting system can achieve global agreement on the pragmatic implementation of green economy issues at the organizational level.

As a concrete example, ISO has developed an international standard that provides guidance on Social Responsibility ? ISO 26000 in 2010. It involved more than 450 participating experts, from 99 countries, and 42 organizations in liaison. These experts came from six specifically identified stakeholder categories of: government, industry, labour, consumers, NGO`s and academia. Its main topics are organizational governance, human rights, labour practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, and community involvement and development.

Detailed programme

Theme: ?International Standards as a solution to Global Challenges and its contribution to Sustainable Development?;
1. ISO International Standards and Green Economy: a solution to Global Challenges
speaker Mr Kevin McKinley , ISO deputy Secretary General 10 mn
2. ISO and Sustainable development- tangible examples
a. Social Responsibility ISO 26000
Speaker : Mr Jorge Cajazeira ISO 26000 WG/Social responsibility Chairman- 10 mn
b. Environmental management : ISO/TC 207 activities-
Speaker: Mr Haroldo Mattos de Lemos, ISO/TC 207 Vice chairman- 10mn
c. Sustainable criteria for Bio-Energy
Speaker : Mr Humberto Siqueira Brandi ISO/PC 248 chairman 10mn
d. Energy Management ISO 50001
Speaker : Mr Ed Pinero ISO/TC 242 chairman 10mn

3. Sustainable Development: a National perspective - The role of ISO members as key local partners to enhance the participation of developing countries and stakeholders
speaker- ABNT Mr Carlos Amorin 10 mn
4. The value of voluntary International Standards as a powerful tool for Sustainable development - implementation and value from a user perspective -
Speaker from Industry Petrobras 10 mn
5. Wrap up, Conclusions and next steps 20 mn

- Format: first round with speakers (short speeches), questions and answers sections.
- Simultaneous translation: Portuguese ? English (possibly Spanish).
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