The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has granted its official patronage to the Global Engineering Congress, taking place at One Great George Street in London from 22 to 26 October.
Unesco assistant director general for natural sciences Flavia Schlegel described the event as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring together the best engineering minds in the world to create solutions for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
Schlegel said Unesco is supporting the event because: “Engineers are at the heart of social and economic progress and help improve the world in which we live. Engineering is a major driver for social, economic and environmental development and it underpins our knowledge, societies and infrastructures. Thus, we need to ensure that more and more women and young people choose an engineering career.”
ICE President Lord Mair welcomed news of Unesco’s patronage. He said: “Every person across the globe deserves a safe home, clean water, sanitation, clean air, electricity, and the means to travel. The United Nations SDGs were created and adopted to try to address these social needs, promoting prosperity in all countries while also protecting the planet. These are the goals that civil engineers should be, and are, working towards.
“I am therefore very pleased that Unesco has acknowledged the role that engineers can play in achieving a better life for millions of people around the world, by granting its patronage to the Global Engineering Congress.”
The World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) is partnering with the ICE to convene the Global Engineering Congress. WFEO president Marlene Kanga said: “Unesco and WFEO are working together to advance the goals of sustainable development through engineering and aligns with Unesco’s aim of putting science and technology at the service of people everywhere, to ensure sustainable development for all.”