A COP 21 parallel event organized by WFEO in partnership with UNESCO entitled “COP-21 Engineers Climate Change Summit: Turning Words Into Action – A Sectoral Approach” took place in Paris last 8th of December.
The program focused on the following three sectors that are impacted by climate now and in the future:
Agriculture and Food Security
Infrastructure and Urbanization
Energy and Transport
The WFEO COP-21 Engineering Summit Statement can be accessed here.
The voice of the world’s engineers was heard at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan
Engineer Prof. Toshimitsu Komatsu, the chair of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation’s Committee of Disaster Risk Management, took part in the conference (14-18 March 2015) to stress the importance of engineering in preparations for disasters. He represented WFEO in sessions on multiple urban risks and resilient cities, and on resilient land using big data.
A poster presentation on adaptation for water-related and landslide disasters was also contributed. WFEO is part of the International Consortium on Landslides which met in March to sign a partnership with the United Nations Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has a workstream called the Nairobi Work Programme which focuses on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. WFEO’s Environment Committee is engaging as a partner in the work programme.
Quoted in the programme’s latest newsletter, the committee chair Darrel Danyluk said: “The Nairobi Work Programme provides the WFEO a platform to share engineers’ knowledge and expertise on adaptation to climate change. As a partner organisation, the WFEO goes from engineering to governance. In partnership with various organisations, the WFEO released the PIEVC Engineering Protocol, which is used to assess the engineering vulnerability of infrastructure to the climate.”
UNESCO Director General compliments WFEO and WECC2015
The meeting with the Director General was attended by WFEO Executive Director, Tahani Youssef, the Japanese Ambassador to UNESCO, H. E. Mr Kenjiro Monji, and the Director of UNESCO’s Basic and Engineering Sciences Division, Maciej Nalecz.
WFEO has been working closely with the Japanese Embassy in preparation for the meeting as part of the build up to the World Engineering Conference & Convention.
Visit WECC2015 web page
Organizers of the WECC2015: Dr. Ito and Dr. Sato
Technological Communities Comment on “UN NGLS Policy Brief #2 Recommendations on Energy” for Sustainable Development Goals process
Dr. Favrat is the Europe/Russia representative on the WFEO Committee on Energy and the director of Energy Center at the École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. His presentation will take place in a session entitled ‘Role of renewable energy in promoting commodity-based sustainable growth and development: addressing challenges in developing renewable energy or alternative energy options’. The work of WFEO Committees including Capacity Building, Environment and Disaster Risk Management will also be referred to.
WFEO participates in meeting on developing a new ISO standard against bribery
The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, in partnership with the UNESCO Secretariat, has invited WFEO to participate in the launch of a new initiative called ‘Women Make the News’ on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
WFEO reviews progress report of Open Working Group on SDGs
The WFEO Committee on Engineering in the Environment has been reviewing the latest progress report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) from their Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). WFEO is one of the three Organising Partners for the UN Scientific & Technology Major Group to participate in UN activities on achieving sustainable development.
Engagements with World Trade Organisation on mobility of engineering professionals
The WFEO Committee on Energy is supporting a group of international scientists currently working on a project of the International Energy Agency (IEA) called Annex 57 on questions related to the integration of embodied energy consumption and embodied greenhouse-gas emissions and their considerations into design and decision making processes.
Support UNESCO Disaster Risk Reduction Unit WFEO members expertise earthquakes
The WFEO Secretariat has been supporting a consultant to the UNESCO Disaster Risk Reduction Unit who is working on the UNESCO contribution to the successor of the Hyogo Framework for Action – organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) – which was established to make the world safer from natural hazards. The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 was endorsed by the UN General Assembly in the Resolution A/RES/60/195 following the 2005 World Disaster Reduction Conference. WFEO recommended contacts from its Committee on Disaster Risk Management (and related task forces), from its national member database and from its forthcoming ‘map of the engineering profession’ database. A meeting between the WFEO committee and the UNESCO team is being arranged, through the UNESCO Engineering Initiative, to coincide with the next WFEO Executive Board meeting.
WFEO Committee on Anti-Corruption appointed as Liaison on new anti-bribery standard
The International Standard Organisation has confirmed WFEO as an ‘organisation in liaison’ on the project, and will be represented by Kamel Ayadi who is the past Chairman of the WFEO Committee on Anti-Corruption. WFEO has Liaison A status, meaning that it is empowered to ‘make an effective contribution to the work of the [project] for questions dealt with by the [project]‘.
Participating countries are: Australia; Austria; Canada; China; Colombia; Czech Republic; Côte d’Ivoire; Denmark; France; Germany; Israel; Nigeria; Norway; Serbia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tunisia; United Kingdom; United States; Zambia.
Observing countries are: Argentina; Armenia; Ecuador; Finland; Hong Kong (China); Italy; Japan; South Korea; Lithuania; Malaysia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Poland; Thailand.
UNESCO partners WFEO on World Engineers’ Convention 2015
UNESCO has partnered with WFEO and Singapore national member IES for the World Engineers’ Summit in Singapore. Messages for the summit were received from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Endorsement of Statement of Support for Sustainable Energy for All
WFEO endorsed the pan-engineering statement of support for the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The support of the world’s engineering profession was highlighted at a High-Level Group meeting in London and at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference.
UNESCO partners WFEO on World Engineers’ Convention 2011
WFEO has partnered with UNESCO on the production of the first global report on engineering, the UNESCO Engineering Report. The President of WFEO, Kamel Ayadi met with the Director-General in March 2006 to support the report, and production of the report was approved in October 2006.
WFEO at UN conference: Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
WFEO was one of 48 accredited organisations, and the only organisation representing science and technology. All 14 priority areas of the Barbados Programme of Action, and most of the additional 5 priorities from the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation, are very closely related to engineering issues.
SIDS was established as part of Agenda 21 of the UNCED conference in 1992 (the ‘Earth Summit’) and operates through the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD).
UNESCO partners WFEO on World Engineers’ Convention 2004
The event itself provided a significant opportunity for delegates and representatives to the United Nations to talk with energy engineering professionals. The first-hand knowledge was of particular value to developing countries considering ways to incorporate principles of sustainable development in addressing their energy needs.
The invitation to present at the UNCSD meeting was arranged by the U.S. Department of State.