ECOSF joined hands together with UNESCO and WFEO in celebrating the World Engineering Day 2021
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) virtually celebrated the World Engineering Day (WED) on March 4th, 2021 with the theme ‘Engineering for a Healthy Planet.’ It is celebrated worldwide on 4th March of each year since 2020.
World Engineering Day offers an opportunity to highlight engineers’ achievements and to improve the public’s understanding of how engineering is central to modern life and sustainable development. Several heads of engineering institutions, universities, engineers and businesses from across the world joined and celebrated the event.
On behalf of ECOSF, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro and Engr. Khalil Raza Scientific Officer participated in the event.
This year’s event marks the launch of UNESCO’s second engineering report, 10 years after its first report on “Engineering for Sustainable Development: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals. This report highlights the crucial role of engineering in delivering the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, shows how inclusive and gender equitable engineering profession can bring about new perspectives and thus respond to the shortage of engineers, showcases of engineering innovations for implementation of the SDGs.
UNESCO Director General H.E. Ms. Audrey Azoulay in her message emphasized that none of ground-breaking inventions would have been possible without a contribution of the engineering professionals. She further called for global co-operation with stakeholders to promote engineering to help achieve SDGs. There is a great deal to be done specially to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries to ensure that everyone has access to clean water, sanitation, reliable energy, and other basic human needs, she added.
WFEO President Prof. Gong Ke underscored for the need to engage with government and industry to address the need for engineering capacity and the quality of engineers around the world and develop strategic frameworks and best practices for the implementation of engineering solutions for sustainable development. He further said that celebration of World Engineering Day is about promoting engineering as a career and how it is an opportunity to change the world for better.
The report is available at https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000375644.locale=en