World Engineering Day
Published: 27 February, 2023
World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development was proclaimed by UNESCO at its 40th General Conference in 2019. It is celebrated worldwide on 4th March of each year since 2020 as a UNESCO international day of celebration of engineers and engineering.
The day offers an opportunity to highlight engineers and engineering’s achievements in the modern world and improve public understanding of how engineering and technology are central to modern life and for sustainable development.
The 4th of March is the founding day of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), a Federation consisting of hundred national members and international members, representing the engineering society of the world. World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development has been celebrated annually from 2020 onwards. Organisations and offices of the United Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities, and more generally, citizens, are expected to make the international day a springboard for awareness-raising actions.
The celebration of World Engineering Day is an opportunity to promote engineering as a career and highlighting how engineering can change the world for the better. The Day is an opportunity to engage with government and industry to address the need for engineering capacity and the quality of engineers around the world and develop strategic frameworks and best practices for the implementation of engineering solutions for sustainable development. The celebration of World Engineering Day is also about promoting engineering as a career and how it is an opportunity to change the world for better. There is a great deal to be done specially to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries to ensure that everyone has access to clean water, sanitation, reliable energy, and other basic human needs. In all countries, there is also a great deal to be done – to deal with the impacts of climate change, environmental issues, our growing cities and the challenges of emerging technologies including artificial intelligence. There are many opportunities and the Day can be used to engage with young people and say “If you want to change the world for the better, become an engineer”.