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The 41st Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) Annual General Meeting to be Held

The 41st Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) Annual General Meeting will be held in Okayama Prefecture from May 15 (Tuesday) to May 18 (Friday). At the 41st meeting, under the major theme, "Standards for Human-centered Society," participants will discuss the roles of standards in achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and ideal collaboration in the Pacific area.

1. Outline

The 41st PASC Annual General Meeting will be held at the Okayama Convention Center from May 15 (Tuesday) to May 18 (Friday). The meeting will be held in Japan for the first time in 13 years, since the meeting held in Nagoya in 2005.

The meeting will bring together representatives from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in addition to those from PASC. From Japan, Mr. Hiroshi Tomono, President of JISC (Senior Advisor, Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation), Mr. Fumikazu Sato, Secretary-General of JISC (Deputy Director-General, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI), and other related parties will participate.

The major theme of the 41st meeting is "Standards for Human-centered Society." Participants will discuss the roles of standards in achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ideal collaboration in the Pacific area. At the workshop on Tuesday, May 15, discussions will be held, together with general participants, about challenges faced by our society, which is becoming increasingly complicated, and solutions to be brought about by standardization from three perspectives (economy, society and environment) based on SDGs.

2. PASC

PASC was established in 1972 based on a proposal of the United States, with the aim of strengthening collaboration among Pacific Rim countries in activities to facilitate international standardization. PASC consists of a total of 23 countries and regions, namely Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, the USA and Viet Nam.

Reference

Release date

May 9, 2018

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