WFEO serves society and is recognized as a respectable and valuable source of advice and guidance on the policies, interests and concerns that relate to engineering and technology.
WFEO and UN Bodies
Through its Professional Societies and Members worldwide, WFEO assists UN bodies with the analysis of the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of sustainable development proposals, and the implementation of Best Practices to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WFEO-UN Relations Committee (WURC) was created with the mission of acting as the WFEO interface with different UN agencies.
This Committee’s activities focus on specific areas of UN initiatives with importance to WFEO and which are related to sustainable development issues. More particularly, it takes care of WFEO activities and programs developed within UNCSD, UNFCCC, UNESCO and UNISDR, including those related to the Rio+20 Conference.
The Chair of this Committee acts as the WFEO liaison with UNCSD and ECOSOC, and leads the WFEO representation at the Scientific and Technological Communities Major Group that takes part in these UN bodies.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Established in 1968 under the auspices of UNESCO and having its head offices located at UNESCO in Paris, France, WFEO has been involved since its creation in a close and sustained cooperation with UNESCO in defining and implementing the Organization’s programs and expanding joint activities in UNESCO’s fields of competence.
WFEO has an Official Associate status with UNESCO
UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
Adaptation of Sustainable Civil Infrastructure to Climate Change Impacts
As a UNFCCC partner WFEO’s overall objectives is to contribute to a sustainable implementation of UNFCCC adaptation goals and strategies applied to civil infrastructure as well as contributing towards Goal 13 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure Environmental Sustainability. The main purpose is to develop and implement engineering tools, policies and practices for risk assessment and adaptation of existing and new civil infrastructure to climate change, through building knowledge, experience and appropriate techniques to enhance technical capacity of engineers in order to adapt civil infrastructures to these climate changes, in particular within developing and least developed settings.
Joint activities aim to organize national and regional workshops for engineers, planners and decision-makers on policies and best practices related to climate change adaptation of civil infrastructure, while facilitating regional, country-level and community level pilot projects which identify and evaluate engineering vulnerabilities of civil infrastructures and undertake adaptation measures, which include consideration of non-structural (soft) measures and non-monetary or intangible damages of disasters due to climate change, having indirect and multiplied impacts. But also to publish guidance documents on engineering vulnerability assessment of civil infrastructure and best engineering practices for adaptation to address these vulnerabilities.
UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
WFEO is listed as an accredited organization with observers’ status to the UNEP governing council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF). Engineers are those most frequently involved in technology transfer, and a strategic partnership with UNEP and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), which is registered with the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), has been set in place, as local technology transfer practitioners are the primary know-how providers, users, and beneficiaries.
The project was designed to facilitate expert financial and technical advice for private sector investments in energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and to develop an appraisal tool for evaluating the financial and economic attractiveness of investments in energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.
Global prosperity and human well-being depend on the productivity of the world’s ecosystems and the services that they provide. As ecosystems are now under unprecedented pressure, prospects for sustainable development are under serious threat.
The anticipated result is to increase financing possibilities for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies, to upgrade skills of loan officers in the financial institutions of developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
UNISDR (United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction)
UNISDR was established in 1999 as a dedicated secretariat to facilitate the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
It is mandated to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations and activities in socio‐economic and humanitarian fields.
To contribute to a holistic approach in research education and in Integrated Earth System Risk Analysis and Sustainable Disaster Management, WFEO has acquired a consultative status with UNISCDR in terms of natural disaster mitigation and human-induced environmental hazards.
UNCSD (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development)
UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition.
WFEO has a consultative status with UNIDO.