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The ever-changing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the importance of international cooperation. It allows us to play to our strengths and to leverage synergies.

As the global trade enabler, international cooperation is an integral part of the DNA of the IEC. It is now more important than ever as globalism has become a reality.

Beyond the current emergency, the IEC is helping the world to address the major challenges, which are also reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These range from increasing access to affordable, sustainable and clean energy, to making cities safer and infrastructure more resilient.

At the IEC, facilitating broad electricity access and enabling a more sustainable world is our mission. Energy transition is the key to achieving the carbon neutrality target of the Paris Agreement on combatting climate change.

IEC Standards and conformity assessment underpin such policies, helping the world to address the major challenges identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. IEC work is making cities and critical infrastructure safer and more resilient.

We are supporting the transition to a less carbon-intensive, more sustainable energy system. We are ensuring that products and services are safe, reliable and efficient: reducing risks, streamlining costs and enhancing market access.

At the same time, our ground-breaking work on low voltage direct current (LVDC) is addressing the need to bring affordable and clean electricity to the nearly one billion people who currently go without. Failure to act now will affect business performance and stability by increasing competition for scarce natural resources and hindering growth.

The IEC brings together diverse talent from 173 countries in order to bring the benefits of technology to all corners of the world. Their expertise in standardization and conformity assessment enables us to adopt new and more agile ways of working.

To be ready for future challenges and opportunities, as well as to reflect the changing expectations of all our stakeholders, we are developing a more transparent governance structure and striving to ensure that our work environment remains welcoming to all. Diversity has always been part of our essence.


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