Director’s Message to Mark The World Standards Day

Mr. Charles Elekenge, Direcor General TBS

Tackling climate change through Standards, October 14 each year, members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrate World Standards Day which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.

The date, October 14 was chosen because it was on that day in 1946 that delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and consequently decided to create a new international organization dedicated to the coordination and unification of standards work. ISO was officially formed one year later and it was at the prompting of an ISO President that the first World Standards Day was celebrated on October 14, 1970.

The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness on the importance of international standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of all business sectors.

A specific theme for World Standard Day this year is “Tackling climate change through standards”. Currently the world is facing a critical challenge. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions are raising the earth’s average temperature. As a result, dramatic climate change is forecast and global scientific opinion predicts enormous developmental, economic and social and environmental stresses on our planet.

However, leading climate change experts have put forward a series of practical solutions to tackle climate change. These solutions include the technical standards published by the world’s three leading international standardization organizations: ISO, IEC and ITU.

These technical standards are used as a means of mitigating climate change, while offering the potential to reduce its effects in the future as new technologies are developed and mature.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) as a member of ISO is involved in the formulation of international standards. Locally, the Bureau participates in efforts of tackling climate change through standards, as various environment standards have been formulated to help curb the situation.

A good number of experts participate in the process of developing environment standards. TBS wishes to recognize the contribution of experts and all other stakeholders in the standardization process.

So far 32 environment standards have been formulated and other 22 are still under process. Moreover, TBS works closely with the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) in ensuring that all environmental issues are addressed effectively and efficiently, bearing in mind that standards are an important tool in reducing the pace of climatic change.

TBS further solicits for continued effective cooperation on the task of preparing Tanzania Standards that certainly makes a positive difference to our country and the well being of all the people of the United Republic of Tanzania