The World Civil Engineering Olympiad - WCEO aims to bring civil engineering into secondary schools and colleges, drawing their interest to become civil engineers. Similarly to other disciplines’ International Olympiad schemes (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Economics), WCEO Organizing Committee has designed a set of events regarding several areas of expertise within the scope of the practice of civil engineering. Such initiative was presented during WCCE’s 14th General Assembly held in Lisbon in September 2019, becoming endorsed to be replicated globally. On such grounds, WCCE has published WCEO's competition guidelines to foster the competition globally and make kids become aware of the role of civil engineers worldwide.
This monograph deals with the first of the topics, “Drought and flood management: Best practices and engineering contribution” and has been prepared based on the reference documents in these matters and the contributions made by the members of the organizations that They are listed in the authorship section of the report and contributions.
The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), following its 2019 General Assembly in Melbourne, and in the frame of the COP25 held this week in Madrid, has expressed its deep concern on the matter of climate emergency.
WFEO has summarized its position and commitment to act quickly through a Declaration on Climate Emergency in the following languages: English and Spanish.
WCCE agrees to subscribe such Declaration and encourages all its member organizations sign this Declaration and coordinate jointly with WFEO global communication campaign to raise awareness on the immediate and long-term consequences of climate change, and the need to support innovative technologies to face them, and build resilient infrastructures and communities.
President Mineiro declares "WCCE is fully aware that our represented organizations and professionals are already committed to provide inclusive and resilient communities through the planning and design of resource-efficient infrastructures throughout its life cycle compliant with society's needs and its environment."
According to WFEO Environment Committee Chair, Davide Stronati (U.K): “Engineers have always stepped up to the challenge to find solutions to societal needs. Climate change is one of the biggest issues humanity and the environment are facing now and in the foreseeable future. WFEO will strive together with more than 30 million engineers we represent in finding solutions to combat climate change and to create resilient communities that will leave no one behind.”
WFEO President, Prof. Gong Ke (China) declared “Facing the ever pressing challenge of climate change, engineers and engineering organizations are in action. Realizing that engineering is the key to sustainable development, WFEO and its members are working hard, among many others, to build engineering capacity of climate change mitigation and adaptation especially in developing and small island countries, we are mobilizing engineers worldwide to implement SDGS in engineering practices to reduce carbon and GHG emission and enhance resilience of human settlements and infrastructures, and we strive constantly to engage more women engineers to play their irreplaceable role in climate actions. It is our engineers to turn the ideas to action and to turn the goals to reality.”
On December 9th, UN's Anticorruption Day, WCCE declares that its commitment to enhance human welfare also comprises stranding against corruption. Its several contributions such as several anticorruption workshops around the globe, contributions to several publications on ethics such as the future UNESCO's Engineering Report, and last but not least, together with its partnership with GIACC - Global International AntiCorruption Centre are call to action for all its member organizations, partners and civil engineering professionals. The importance of anti-corruption is explicitly highlighted in Goal 16, which requires States to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.
Corruption poses a significant threat to countries around the world; it undermines democratic institutions, contributes to governmental instability and erodes trust. Corruption threatens the economy by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade. It disproportionately affects disadvantaged groups by preventing social inclusion, promoting inequality and inhibiting prosperity. Corruption affects everyone and can lead to:
WCCE’s 14th General Assembly of the World Council of Civil Engineers was held in Lisbon, Portugal from 23 to 26 september 2019, organized by the Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal - CICB, in parallel with Lisbon's Civil Engineering Summit. The Assembly was welcome by OEPT's President Carlos Mineiro. Attendance at WCCE activities by WCCE delegates was enriched by the attendance of WFEO President, Marlene Kanga, UPADI President, Mª Teresa Pino and FEANI President, Jose Vieira.
On the occasion of WCCE's 14th General Assembly Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal, WCCE and the Federation of African Engineering Organizations, FAEO have signed a Memorandum of Understanding will enforce both organizations' efforts to enhance its member organizations' contributions to the accomplishment of UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The signing ceremony took place in the premises of the Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil, on September 26th. In order to follow-up this Partnership Agreement both organizations have granted each other invitation to each others events and initiatives.
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