World Engineering Day Yields UN Sustainable Development Report

Apr 5, 2021

by ASME.org

In November 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated March 4 as “World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development.” The second convening of this celebration and call to action was held virtually this year, highlighting the global need for cooperation toward sustainability and equity in the global development space.
 
This year, UNESCO hosted “Engineering for a Healthy Planet,” heavily focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the related urgency around increasing public understanding of engineering and technology’s role to adapt development plans in a post-pandemic global society.  
 
In conjunction with World Engineering Day 2021, UNESCO released “Engineering for Sustainable Development: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals,” a report which seeks to demonstrate how engineering innovations can spur global partnerships toward accelerating the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), founded under the auspices of UNESCO in 1968, was highly involved in the report’s creation and promotion, as was the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), established in 1994 under the State Council of China.
 
ASME’s Engineering for Change (E4C) platform joined in on the March 4 global celebration, convening a thought-provoking webinar focused on “Advancing Sustainable Engineering: Building the Future Workforce.” With remarks from ASME’s Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile and President-elect Dr. Mahantesh Hiremath, the E4C webinar also showcased work by 25 research fellows from 15 countries who participated in more than a dozen research collaborations with E4C’s cross-sectorial and international partner organizations.
 
The webinar offered insights on the engineering response to COVID-19 around the globe, landscape analysis on social enterprises in the United States, academic programs for engineering and sustainable development in Asia, and the role of industry sustainability standards in design and manufacturing.
 
To read UNESCO’s sustainable development report, please visit: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000375644.locale=en
 
To watch E4C’s March 4 webinar, please visit: https://www.engineeringforchange.org/webinar/advancing-sustainable-engineering-building-future-workforce/
 

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