Celebrating World Standards Day 2020

Announcing the winners of the World Standards Day contest.

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The IEC, ISO and ITU announce the winners of the annual World Standards Day contest. This year, a poster contest was launched along the theme of “Protecting the planet with standards”.

Participants were asked to think about how international standards help to promote sustainability, for instance by preparing the ground for renewable energy usage and integration into the electricity grid. International standards also pave the way for circular economy processes, including the recycling and reuse of materials, as well as providing benchmarks for energy efficiency in multiple devices and systems.

The following message from the three organizers helped to guide the participants:

“To reduce human impact on our planet, we need the political will, concrete action and the right tools. International standards are one such tool. The international standards prepared by IEC, ISO and ITU take into account tried-and-tested solutions to technical challenges. They help share expertise and expert know-how broadly within developed and developing countries alike. Standards cover all aspects of energy savings, water and air quality. They lay down standardized protocols and methods of measurement. Their broad use helps reduce the environmental impact of industrial production and processes, facilitates the reuse of limited resources and improves energy efficiency.”

World Standards Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.


Over 400 submissions were received this year, of which the three organizations shortlisted 7 that were put up for public vote.

The winner is Jyoti Bisht from India, a designer at Tata Consultancy Services.

“In my poster, I created a wide variety of modern utilities such as electric cars, alternate sources of energy, and many more, all of which leave little to zero footprint on our planet when they are used by us, because they comply with international standards. Thus, I wanted to send out a message that, by using such products which follow international standards, we can protect our planet from irreversible damage provoked by carbon emissions and greenhouse gases,” she explains.

The two runners-up are Avishek Sahoo from India and Mohsen Jafari from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Congratulations to all three on their creativity and insight.

Check out the winning poster on the World Standards Cooperation Website.

Sandrine Tranchard
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