The global population explosion has withered the world’s environment. In 1800, just 3 percent of the world’s inhabitants lived in urban areas. Today that figure has surpassed 50 percent and by 2050 is likely to reach 70 percent. In developed countries, industry and transportation, with their unfiltered emissions, have inflated global temperatures. Inhabitants of the underdeveloped world face poor sanitation and the inadequate provision of food, giving rise to undernourishment and fatal disease. These appalling conditions plague our world. prompt and prudent measures are necessary to stop the changing of the world’s atmosphere, or at least to diminish the impact of these changes.
The growing population, estimated at around 7.113 billion by the United States Census Bureau, compared to 5.5 billion twenty years ago, clearly points to the increasing demand for basic human necessities. Changes to a country’s working wheel have to start at the official level, and the International Standards Organization (ISO) suggests effective measures and policy changes across the globe. Ranging from the environment to transportation and from infrastructure to telecommunication, there are myriad needs in various spheres.
In October, businesses and consumers everywhere celebrated World Standards Day, honoring the work of standards development organizations committed to promoting safety, quality, fairness, and sustainability in the production of goods. The ISO has recently expanded its domain, now working alongside the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Electro-technical Commission (ETC) to ensure global access to resources. By and large, the international standards are an attempt to amend and conform regional standards and bring about more sustainable, compatible solutions, ensuring positive change in the communities.
Today, the entire world is battling financial crises set in motion by the failures of one or two countries. As a headline for a story in The International Herald Tribune read, “In an Interconnected World, American Homeowner Woes Can Be Felt from Beijing to Rio de Janeiro”. The bank failures and a stagnant American economy have crushed the world’s financial holdings. Adherence to the international standards outlined by the ISO ensures minimal losses and maximum sustainability.
Terry Hill, president of ISO, has laid tremendous emphasis on the global economy, improving transparency and introducing innovative ideas in the economic sector, making every process clear and crystal. The standards, in turn, benefit businesses by improving product reliability, increasing the efficiency and profitability of companies. This, in a broader sense, can help the economic sector recover steadily and systematically from financial breakdown and help the world escape from a chronic economic crisis.
The issue of global warming has withered the green belt of our world. The increase in temperature is warming the oceans, and its creatures are losing their habitat. Increasing emissions from factories and cars are also causing chronic nasal and breathing problems for humans. International standards organizations are determined to curb global warming by promoting the production of more fuel-efficient cars and ensuring more care to the world’s green belt. The ISO has also made an effort to foster pure sanitation and medical facilities, the lack of which is the core reason for gastric problems in children as well as adults and causes the largest death toll in the underdeveloped world. With safeguards ensuring economic stability the assurance of proper sanitation and food supplies, international standards organizations hope to spur positive change.
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