Global Standards Symposium

The fourth Global Standards Symposium will take place on 16 November 2020 in Hyderabad, India, one day prior to WTSA-20. The event will bring together thought leaders in the standardization sphere​.


The first Global Standards Symposium was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 20 October 2008 prior to the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08). The event examined global ICT standards challenges, such as accessibility, climate change and collaboration among standards development organizations.

The second Global Standards Symposium was held on 19 November 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It focused on the intersection of the ICT sector with other vertical sectors such as health care, utilities, and transport.
The third Global Standards Symposium took place on 24 October 2016 in Hammamet, Tunisia, one day prior to WTSA-16. The event brought together thought leaders in the standardization sphere to discuss how standards efforts could best integrate the consideration of security, privacy and trust.