News & Reports

WFEO Webinar: HLPF 2021 – Deploying Global Youth Capacity in UN Policy and Engineering for SDG 13

WFEO and its Committee on Young Engineers / Future Leaders organized the HLPF 2021 side event “Deploying Global Youth Capacity in UN Policy and Engineering for SDG 13” on Friday, 09 July 2021, as a side event of the 2021 edition of the High-level Political Forum

The crises of climate breakdown are the most serious issues of our time. Our major infrastructure systems of transport, energy, water, waste, telecommunications and flood defenses play a major part, accounting for a vast portion of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

WFEO continues to raise awareness of the climate emergency and the urgent need for action amongst WFEO National Member Engineering Organizations and WFEO Partners, all stakeholders within the National Members and with Governments.

The event aimed for an engineering community where a diverse and inclusive membership can work collaboratively towards innovative climate mitigation strategies, engaging women and young engineers in particular to combat climate change.




Conclusions and Recommendations

The recording is available by clicking on the below image.


For more information:

Side event Video recording

Joint Statement by Side-event Organizers

Side event flyer

Side event presentation on HLPF website

HLPF 2021 webpage

WFEO Committee on Young Engineers / Future Leaders website

United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth website

WFEO Committee on Engineering and the Environment Climate stories

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Capetown in South Africa. She pursued her research career at the Institut Pasteur in Paris then within the pharmaceutical industry at the MIT University Park in Boston, USA. She has pursued her research interests in parallel to her career at the United Nations.

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle is the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences of UNESCO.

Nisreen Elsaim

Nisreen Elsaim is an environmental and climate activist, started activism in 2012, with a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. She pursued her master’s degree in renewable energy from the same University.

General coordinator for Youth and Environment – Sudan (YES) platform to give all environment working youth the networking they need.

Manon Frezouls

Manon Frezouls is a consultant at UNESCO, where she coordinates the Youth UNESCO Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN) project both with the Natural Sciences and the Social and Human Sciences Sectors.

As part of the Youth Programme since 2019, and as a member of the UNESCO Climate Change Task Force, she works, through the implementation of the YoU-CAN project, on developing meaningful engagement and leadership of youth in climate projects and activities undertaken in UNESCO’s areas of competence.

Sara Nyberg

Sara Nyberg is a consultant at the company South Pole with greenhouse gas accounting. She graduated in environmental and energy engineering. She has participated at the UN climate conferences since 2017 through her organisation PUSH Sweden, and is active in YOUNGO, the platform that works with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth to coordinate youth climate action.

She is the Country Representative Lead for YES Europe (Young Leaders in Energy and Sustainability).

Emma Van Fossen

Emma Van Fossen is an engineer in the Accelerated Development Program at Trane Technologies and has led decarbonization projects to reduce both external and internal greenhouse gas emissions through new technology and renewable energy investments.

She holds a mechanical engineering degree from California State University, Fresno.

Milda Pladaite

Milda Pladaite is a civil engineers and Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) representative to the WFEO Young Engineers / Future Leaders Committee.

She is a member of WFEO Action Group on COP 26 where she set-up a working group on SDG 13 to include the global young engineers community to the WFEO climate emergency work.

  Related Posts