World Engineering Day 2021 (WED2021) was set last March 4th and had as its theme “Engineering for a Healthy Planet”. The date was also chosen for the launch of UNESCO‘s 2nd Engineering Report “Engineering for Sustainable Development: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The commemoration of this date, set at the 40th UNESCO General Conference in 2019 and marked since 2020, is an opportunity to distinguish the achievements of engineers and engineering in the modern world, as well as to promote a better public understanding of how engineering and technology are central to modern life and sustainable development. They are central figures for the development and implementation of technologies and systems that aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the issues of water, energy, environment, sustainable cities, the resilience of natural disasters, among other areas.
The report now released aims, as its initial summary states, to highlight “the fundamental role of engineering in the realization of each of the 17 SDD’s”. It also shows how “equal opportunities are essential to ensuring an inclusive and gender-balanced profession that can better respond to the shortage of engineers for the implementation of the SDGs.”
This report analyzes “the engineering innovations that are increasingly being used, especially emerging technologies such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, increasingly crucial to addressing the challenges facing humanity and the planet.” It also analyzes “the transformation of engineering education and training at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that will allow engineers to face the challenges ahead.” Finally, it “stresses the global effort needed to address specific regional disparities, while summing up engineering trends in different regions of the world.”
Thus, this report reveals why “engineering is crucial for sustainable development and why the role of engineers is vital in responding to basic human needs, to alleviate poverty, provide clean water and energy, respond to natural disasters, build resilient infrastructure and bridge the division of development, among many other actions, leaving no one behind.”
UNESCO expects this report to be a “reference for governments, engineering organizations, academia, and educational institutions, and industry, to forge global partnerships and catalyze engineering collaboration to meet the SDGs.”
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You can find the full report here.
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