FIRST INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR CITYWIDE EVENTS, UNDER DEVELOPMENT
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World-wide events like the Olympic Games can help raise the profile of cities and regions and at the same time increase their revenues by attracting valuable visitors and encouraging economic investment. However, they also carry many security risks. A new International Standard, currently under development, aims to help cities manage such events by putting public safety at the center of their concerns.
ISO 22379 , Security and Resilience, will provide guidelines for the hosting and organization of major city-wide events, as well as expert advice on how to manage risks, to ensure public safety and ensure the continuity of public services at a large-scale event. When published, this International Standard will be the first of its kind, as it will be the result of the integration of the knowledge and know-how of experts involved in the organization of major events such as the Beijing Olympic Games. Tokyo in 2020, the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games or the Berlin Marathon, to name a few.
According to Ivar K. Lunde, Convenor of the working group responsible for the development of ISO 22379, the fact that this standard will be the product of lessons learned and feedback from many cities and event organizers around the world will a precious and unique tool.
“Attracting world-class events is considered by many cities as a way to become known internationally, but successfully organizing such events is not an easy task,” he says. “Currently, each city starts planning an event without being able to benefit from the feedback and best practices developed by others. This standard aims to fill a gap by providing lessons that will benefit everyone. “
Mr. Lunde said that there is currently no “global” International Node dealing in a sustainable and safe manner with all the essential elements for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of major events. The implementation of ISO 22379 will not only enhance the chances of success of large-scale events, but will allow cities to host them in a way that contributes to the achievement of several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This standard will also help cities to decide whether or not they have the capacity to organize an event, as it will enable them to assess the real risks and costs involved. ISO 22379 will be an excellent complement to ISO 20121 , Responsible Management Systems for Event Activity – Requirements and Implementation Recommendations , which provides a framework for organizing an event in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner. ISO 22379 is being developed by the ISO Technical Committee, ISO / TC 292 , Safety and Resilience , whose secretariat is provided by SIS , an ISO member for Sweden.
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