First World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development Celebrated!

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UNESCO's General Conference proclaimed the 4 March World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development during its 40th session in November 2019 (40 C/64), to raise awareness of the role of engineering in modern life, which is essential to mitigate the impact of climate change and advance sustainable development, especially in Africa and the small island developing states (SIDS).

In spite of the importance of engineering for our life and future, women have been historically underrepresented in engineering fields, typically making up only 10 – 20% of the engineering work force.  Even in countries where the numbers of women studying STI have increased, this trend has not translated into more women entering the workplace. Too many female students who graduate do not go into the engineering profession. The barriers are often connected to persistent gender stereotypes in this field, inadequate policies or educational environments that do not meet their needs and aspirations (

ECOSF places high priority on Engineering activities and is pursuing a programme of” Engineering Qualification Standardization, Accreditation and Professional System” in ECO member countries. On this occasion ECOSF congratulates engineers across the globe for their contribution in the development sector. The Foundation especially encourages women engineers to come forward for greater role to ensure sustainable development in the world.

The message from the President of World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), Professor Gong Ke – a friend of ECOSF, is available in the link:

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