Europe's Stakeholders of the Construction Sector have issued a Joint Statement on the Covid 19 - crisis. The undersigning European associations, represent the construction sector, an industry worth 9% of the EU GDP and employing more than 16 million Europeans. In light of these difficult times, we wish to reiterate our commitment to supporting public authorities as well as our dedication to our most fundamental asset, our workers’ wellbeing.
On World Water Day, 22 March, the 2020 World Water Development report was launched with the theme, “Water and Climate Change”. The report warns that Climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water needed for basic human needs, thus undermining enjoyment of the basic rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for billions of people.
The publication at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation.
The 2020 United Nations World Water Development Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience that can be addressed through improving water management.
Combining climate change adaptation and mitigation, through water, is a win-win proposal, improving the provision of water supply and sanitation services and combating both the causes and impacts of climate change, including disaster risk reduction.
In recognition of the contribution of the College to their initiatives, the presidents of both organizations have actively participated in the work of the Congress, being part of the Congress Honor Committee and attending it.
Carlos Mineiro, president of the World Council of Civil Engineers, participated in the inaugural session of the same, although he could not participate due to agenda problems in the internationalization session as initially proposed.
In addition to this, European Council of Civil Engineers' president, Aris Chatzidakis, participated in panel IV on conservation of the built heritage in which he shared his view on the challenges of those professionals whose mission is to conserve such heritage and who are facing an incomplete and inappropriate regulatory framework.
Colegio has thanked both organizations for participating with such high representation.
The 40th General Conference of UNESCO has adopted the resolution to proclaim 4th March of every year a World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development in November 2019.
The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) proposed 4th March as World Engineering Day, the founding day of the Federation, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Federation in 2018. This is an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions of engineers and engineering to sustainable development and modern life.