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CSN Annual Meeting 2023 (Brisbane) Presentation and notes

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Ben Hedley

CSN Annual Meeting  2023


·       Participation in-person: 64 attendees representing 26 Nations, plus three regional organisations (ARSO, CROSQ, PACER). Online participation TBC, online recording will also be available.


·       Scott Steedman (BSI DG- Standards) and Raymond Murenzi (Rwanda Standards Board DG) opened and chaired the meeting;

·       Karen Bell gave Keynote speech announcing CNS Phase 3 and Standards Partnership;

·       Ben Hedley provided a CSN work programme update;

·       Charles Davies provided a Standards Partnership programme update;

·       Workshop discussion responding to proposed work programme:

o   Canada: Supportive of CSN simplifying additional sustainability standards to SME audiences.

o   Kenya: Supportive of CSN helping to communicate the value of using standards for private sector and government and building NSB capacity.

o   Rwanda: Rwanda have signed the UN Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards & Standards Development, developed action plan, and published standards and supports CSN sharing learnings from this.

o   Ghana:  Propose that CSN measure the levels of NSB maturity and address gaps - then support NSB discussions with Policy makers.

o   Jamaica: Propose the CSN profile its membership and ability to help address the ‘digital divide’.

o   ARSO: Supporting participation in international standards development is important.

o   Trinidad & Tobago: CSN can support for NSBs to become financially sustainable –helping them develop business models.



The Samoa representative Roger Toleafoa has agreed to become the CSN co-chair in 2024.

CSN Annual Meeting_2023-09-21.pdf

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