The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 as a high-level group focusing on the common interests of the three world-wide international standards development organizations : the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The primary goals of the WSC are:
The WSC also addresses such areas as promotion to academia, in particular engineering and management schools, and when needed it sets up ad hoc task forces with participation as required.
WSC members share information on their experience and develop policies and strategies to achieve these goals.
The WSC also resolves any outstanding issues regarding cooperation in the technical work of the three organizations, ensuring that the three organizations work transparently, avoiding duplication and overlap of work, as much as possible.
IEC, ISO and ITU believe that international standards are an instrument enabling the development of a harmonized, stable and globally recognized framework for the dissemination and use of technologies, best practices and agreements, which support the overall growth of the Information Society.
Indeed, their transparent and consensual mechanisms, based on the possible contribution of all interested stakeholders, as well as their extensive network of national members, represent strong assets for market relevance and acceptance, as well as for more equitable development.
Several initiatives have been undertaken by the WSC since its constitution, including workshops, education and training, and the promotion of international standards system in several contexts.