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“Building Global Security Through Standards” Set as Theme for World Standards Day 2003

New York, Apr 04, 2003

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee has announced “Building Global Security Through Standards” as the theme for its 2003 exhibition, reception and dinner.

Scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, 2003, in Washington, DC, the annual WSD celebration brings together members of the standards and conformity assessment community, as well as leaders from the private and public sectors, to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy. The event also draws attention to the vital role that standards play in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide.

Whether viewed on a micro level – helping to protect the health and safety of individuals and communities – or on a macro level – securing information technology systems, communications, international trade, transportation and more – globally recognized standards address the security needs of the nation and the world. This year's celebration will highlight the work that is already underway or complete— such as the information technology (IT) and communications technologies that support secure financial transactions and biometrics— while also leading to the identification of new needs.

"It is difficult to imagine a more crucial time than now for the private and public sectors to work together for a common good," said Dr. George W. Arnold, chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors, in recent remarks about homeland security.

"The theme is timely," agreed Pamela Suett, ANSI representative to the U.S. Celebration of WSD Planning Committee. "With our nation at war, an effective and efficient partnership between industry and government helps to ensure the protection of our citizens. Standards are pervasive – providing for a secure IT infrastructure and stable communication systems – not to mention for our personal safety and security."

The planning committee is comprised of representatives from a wide range of technical and commercial fields as well as from the U.S. government; the committee is co-hosted by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The International Code Council (ICC) is serving as the administrative organization for this year's event.

The evening's activities will include the announcement of the recipient of the Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award. The award recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global trade barriers.

Also on the agenda will be a presentation of the winners of the World Standards Day Paper Contest. This annual competition, co-sponsored by the WSD Planning Committee and the Standards Engineering Society (SES), is designed to raise the awareness of the importance of standards, as well as present various perspectives on national and international standards issues as they apply to the WSD theme.

This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities. The first World Standards Day was celebrated on October 14, 1970, at the initiative of the ISO President of the time, Mr. Faruk Sünter (Turkey).

Updated information, including sponsorship details, will be provided in the near future. For the latest information on World Standards Week activities, please visit the ANSI Online – Meetings and Events pages or contact Pamela Suett at 212.642.4976 or e-mail:

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