The 2019 World Engineers Convention (WEC) ended in Melbourne, Australia, with a call for accelerated support to achieve the targets set in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The World Federation of Engineering Organisations WFEO biannual Convention under the theme ‘Engineering a Sustainable World – The next 100 Years’ was hosted by Engineers Australia to coincide with the commemoration of their 100th Anniversary.
The conference provided a platform for global engineering experts, company executives, scientists, academics, technical specialists, industry influencers and global thought-leaders to explore distinctive and diverse ways to plan a sustainable future in order to create a better world.
In his message to the forum, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guittierez, espoused the view that attainment of the SDGs is the blueprint for building a world of peace and prosperity for all. He added that the SDGs require solutions that are rooted in science, technology and engineering.
Participants from over-80 Professional Engineering Institutions, dozens of International Societies of Science Technology Research and Engineering gathered in Melbourne for the week-long General Assembly.
The General Assembly approved the 2019-2023 WFEO Strategic Plan and admitted 13 new members and associates. The GA also endorsed the WFEO/International Engineering Alliance IEA Working Group on Capacity Building’s establishment. The WG is charged to extend the global reach of IEA Accords and Agreements through the WFEO member network, in partnership with UNESCO, in order to raise the standard of Engineering Education, Accreditation and Professional Charter to levels required by the IEA.
Eight countries – Ghana, Mauritius, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Sri Lanka – are the initial batch of Professional Institutions to undergo the process.
The conference also decided to establish a Global Code of Ethics to guide engineering practitioners into being abreast with ethical issues regarding integrity and responsible conduct within professional practice, alongside a sanctions regime.
The conference resolved to promote Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The WFEO pledged to increase its visibility, presence, impact and stature in global matters, adding that Engineers are at the heart of Sustainable Development.
In her final report, the President of WFEO, Dr. Marlene Kanga, indicated that her tenure has experienced increased cooperation and active partnerships with key global partners, such as the IEA, FIDIC, ISC, IFEES, INWES and ICEE among others.
Delegates praised Dr. Kanga for her sterling leadership, adding that the UN Declaration of March 4th as World Engineering Day will be seen as a significant legacy of her term.
In his inaugural speech, the new President of WFEO, Prof. Ke Gong of China, promised to devote himself to the task of enhancing the trail blazed by his predecessor.
He recognised the impacts of emerging technologies such as Artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Quantum Computing and others to future engineering. He added that Engineers need to master these technologies in order to promote the responsible conduct of their application and innovation in engineering.
Ghana was represented by Ing. Mrs. Carlien Bou-Chedid, President-elect FAEO, and Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, Executive Director-Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE); and West Africa Federation of Engineering Organisations’ (WAFEO) Dr. Kwame Boakye; Ing. Asare Yeboah and Ing. Kwaku Boampong, both Past Presidents of GhIE; Ing. Magnus Asiedu, Ing. Dr Enyonam Kpekpena, and Ing. Mavis Allotey – all Council members and members of Women in Engineering.