Qatar participated in the 43rd meeting of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) General Assembly, which was held via video communication technology. Qatar was represented at the meeting by Chairman of Qatar General Organisation for Standardisation and Metrology (QGOSM) Eng Mohamed bin Saud al-Musallam.
The three-day meeting was inaugurated by a speech from the ISO President, in which he welcomed the delegations participating in the meeting that is being held in conjunction to its 75th anniversary. He shed light on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on all walks of life, and the ISO’s response to the crisis, to highlight the role of international standards regarding the pandemic. The meeting reviewed a set of procedural and executive items, including the ISO Secretary-General’s report, the ISO activities to support co-operation with the relevant authorities, the projects to implement ISO Strategy 2030, and the achievements made at the end of the second quarter of 2021, in addition to the framework adopted by ISO’s Board of Directors to measure the progress and implementation of the strategy.
The meeting also touched on several topics, including the approval of the contributions of countries to the organisation for 2022, the review of the statute and work rules of the organisation and access to reports on its work policies and technical and financial aspects, in addition to announcing the results of the elections of board members for the 2022-2024 period, as well as the appointment of a vice president for policy affairs and another for technical affairs.
The meeting shed light on the London Declaration, prepared by ISO, with the aim of helping to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and promoting good environmental management practices through preparing new standards and reviewing previously issued standards to achieve these goals. Qatar has been a member of the ISO since 1993.