Week at a glance
With a programme of structured meetings, innovative breakout sessions and social events, we’ve packed a lot into the ISO Week 2019. Below, you’ll find a full agenda to help you to get the most from your time in Cape Town.
ISO General Assembly 2019
This is your opportunity to get together with fellow ISO members to determine the priorities for our Organization, and to define the strategy that will guide us through the next ten years. This year’s annual General Assembly also features a line-up of guest speakers focusing on the impacts of digital technology, uncertainty in global trade and the urgency for sustainability, that will challenge and inspire you over two days of meetings.
In addition to covering the big ideas that affect us all, the 2019 ISO GA will also feature breakouts focused on building our future strategy to 2030.
Further information on our key speakers is coming soon.
Click to access the draft agenda of the General Assembly [restricted access].
General Assembly breakouts
This year's breakout sessions are all about evolving the ISO strategy. This is your chance to shape the future of our organization.
More information will be given prior to the sessions.
This is your chance to connect with standardizers from around the world. Structured around the themes that matter to all of us, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Share the issues that challenge you, spread the word about what’s worked for you and learn from those who share your perspectives. Join us to network with colleagues and map a path to success for your organization.
The agenda of the 53rd meeting of the ISO committee on developing country matters (DEVCO) will focus on on-going and emerging challenges to sustainable development and the role of International Standards in providing solutions to improve economic, social and environmental outcomes in developing countries. Some 350 delegates will convene in Cape Town to exchange experiences on the benefits of participating in standardization, applying good practices and promoting the value of standards with key stakeholders and decision-makers.
The DEVCO meeting will be the opportunity for ISO members, representatives of international organizations and regional standardization bodies to discuss future trends in conformity assessment, developing partnerships for more effective participation in international standardization, and the standards community’s contribution to SDG 5 on gender equality.
DEVCO is also the place to meet with old friends and develop new contacts on the international scene.
Click to access the draft agenda of the DEVCO [restricted access].
Breakout 1: Future trends in conformity assessment
The session will consider trends in conformity assessment and how to stay ahead with the evolution of technologies, practices and procedures. Heads of NSBs are invited to join in a discussion on current and future challenges and to outline strategies for success.
Breakout 2: Standards in support of SDG 5 on gender equality
One of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals focuses on gender equality (SDG 5), a key contributor to economic development and social progress. Members will be invited to consider how standardization can contribute to achieving SDG 5 by developing gender-responsive standards and using standards to assess and monitor gender-responsible policies and practices.
Breakout 3: How to make use of the new twinning concept to enhance participation in ISO
ISO/TMB developed the concept of twinning to build the capacity of less experienced members to take on leadership positions and increase their effective participation in ISO technical work. This session will explore how twinning can support developing countries gain the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to benefit from international standardization.
The Technical Management Board (TMB) reports to the ISO Council and exists to manage the technical committees (TCs) and maintain the rules that govern the processes for developing International Standards effectively. Specifically, it is responsible for appointing TC Chairs, monitoring the progress of technical work and for all matters relating to the planning, coordination, performance and monitoring of technical committee activities. The ISO Week 2019 in Cape Town provides an ideal opportunity for the TMB to review the progress made throughout the year, and to set its priorities and plan its work programme for the following year.
Participation in this meeting is reserved for members of the TMB.
Council is the core governance body of ISO and reports to the General Assembly. It is composed of 20 member bodies, ISO Officers and Chairs of Policy Development Committees (CASCO, COPOLCO, DEVCO). Council is chaired by the President, John Walter, with the Secretary-General, Sergio Mujica, as Council Secretary. Council meets three times annually to discuss key matters relating to ISO strategy and policy, financial as well as operational and statutory matters.
During the ISO Week 2019 in Cape Town, Council will, amongst other things, deal with the ISO strategy implementation, the ISO Central Secretariat budget, a number of governance appointments as well as planning the work of the bodies reporting to Council for the following year.
Participation in this meeting is reserved for members of Council.
We’ve organized many opportunities for you to network with fellow ISO members and connect with friends.
Join us for an evening of making new acquaintances and renewing old contacts as we kick off the ISO Week 2019 at this opening event.
Dress code: business attire
Come and celebrate with fellow ISO members in one of Cape Town’s oldest venues.
This whimsical venue is located on the world-renowned Camps Bay Beachfront.
The evening promises to be an elegant opportunity for networking and socializing together.
The venue is a 20-minute scenic drive from the Cape Town city centre. There will be luxury coaches departing from and returning to CTICC on the evening of the event. Exact departure and returning times will be communicated shortly.
Dress code: evening wear (shirt-and-tie or cocktail dress)
Your last opportunity to conclude the Week’s events with a social drink and some light refreshment before embarking on your journey home.
For people travelling directly onwards, please note that there is luggage storage available at the CTICC
Discover the locations where we’ll be holding our meetings and social events during the week.
All agenda items will be take place at CTICC, except for the Gala Dinner.
CTICC – Cape Town International Convention Centre
A multi-purpose conference venue conveniently located amongst the busy streets of Cape Town. From its modern architecture, spacious rooms and advanced technology to its scrumptious cuisine, CTICC is designed with great experiences in mind.
CTICC is the venue for most of the events and meetings during the ISO Week 2019.