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ISO starts developing of an international standard on hosting and organizing citywide or regional events

Attracting world class events such as the Olympics, World Championships and other large sports and cultural events, are regarded as a fundamental strategy to help cities and their countries to elevate and promote themselves as well as creating exciting events for the inhabitants. The start-up meeting in Bangkok initiated ISO member countries to give reports and share documents based on national and regional challenges. The reports bring forth examples of many challenges, going from - "idea of hosting" - to delivering a safe and sustainable event, both for the visitors and the daily life of the inhabitants


In many cities, small organizations face the challenges of hosting major events. But often, they do not know who they need to involve in the very early stage. In such a scenario, they risk underestimating both the security and safety aspect of the event, but also misjudging the financial burden.

To accomplish a "safe and sustainable" event for the visitors and the daily life of the inhabitants, there is a need to address a number of different partners and suppliers involved in organizing and servicing an event, in an early stage.


When people get together, particularly in large numbers, the societal risk in the involved cities normally rises considerably during large citywide events, and the total cost of hosting and organizing the events often exceeds the original budgets.

To tackle the challenges in hosting large citywide events, people need to combine their energy and expertise to share best practices. Even with the help of the Internet and social media, the sharing of best practices between hosting cities has yet a big potential.  

This standard will help hosting cities to engage the right stakeholders early in the pre-planning face, to secure that the decision to host is well documented, both from safety and security measures but also financially.


What makes this standard so important?

The purpose of this standard is to ensure safe and sustainable citywide or regional event worldwide, based on global expertise from events such as Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Winther Olympics in Beijing 2022, Berlin Marathon, UCI Road World Championships Norway and many others.

The cities of the world has much to learn from each other, especially from key experts in this area of expertise. Small organizations who initiates the idea of hosting, will be able to access the ISO guidelines for hosting and organizing large Citywide or regional events. The best practices will guide the hosting organization to what steps to take and which stakeholders to engage prior to the acceptance of hosting.

The new standard ISO 22379 Security and resilience – Guidelines for hosting and organizing large citywide events, will be addressed  in Working Group 7 Guidelines for events.

Why do you need to engage?

The development of the standard is just beginning, and you and your pears are invited to join working group 7 in ISO/TC 292. The first work group meeting was held in Bangkok (sept 2019), with key stakeholder countries, but we need more experts, from all stakeholders in cities or regional areas, such as, government, emergency personnel, police, risk management experts, fire departments, environmental experts, road and traffic experts, whereof all have in-depth knowledge of major event arrangements.

Next meetings – This is your opportunity to engage!

The working group have already engaged with Japan and China to meet with delegates hosting the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and with experts in China working on the winter Olympics 2022.

Standards provide people and organizations with a basis for mutual understanding, and are used as tools to facilitate communication, measurement, commerce and manufacturing.

More information about this project can be found here.