WCCE’s 16th General Assembly of the World Council of Civil Engineers was held virtually on January 25th, 2022. 9 organizations from its corresponding countries attended the General Assembly in which Argentinian Engineer Mr Jorge Abramian succeeded Mr. Carlos Mineiro Aires as WCCE President for the period 2022-2024.
The General Assembly showcased the activity of WCCE's Standing Committee since the last General Assembly showing how WCCE was able to overcome the circumstances created by COVID-19 through new initiatives and member's collaboration.
WCCE’s 1st Extraordinary General Assembly of the World Council of Civil Engineers was held virtually on 30th November 2021. The celebration of such Extraordinary Assembly was required by WCCE by-laws as the procedure to propose any changes in the bylaws. The meeting was attended exclusively by WCCE member representatives regarding the matters addressed. All member organizations entitled to vote attended this milestone meeting. The General Assembly also launched several initiatives which will be finalized during WCCE's 16th General Assembly.ew initiatives and member's collaboration.
Due to the global impacts of the COVID-19, the limitations of lockdown notices and difficulty in travel, the option of conducting webinars is an ideal option to disseminate our initiatives. Through ZOOM and YouTube, a keynote speaker or several panel members speakers will address the virtual audience in 2h webinars through presentations with a 1h Q&A open discussion. All webinars will be available through WCCE’s YouTube channel. Sessions will be delivered in English and Spanish languages and topic will seldom be repeated.
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💧 UN-Water Joint Statement: 31st Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
A Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic is hosted 3-4 December 2020, at the United Nations headquarters, New York. Today UN-Water issued a joint statement to the special session, as the session provides an opportunity for the international community to assess and hone its collective response to this pandemic.
With global leaders gathering to coordinate action on the COVID-19 pandemic, UN-Water’s Members and Partners call for an urgent response not just to contain this particular disease, but also to build resilience against future outbreaks. This deeply complex global shock and its cascading effects call for integrated and preventive action. While the world waits for an effective COVID-19 vaccine to be available globally, water and sanitation remain critical to containing the pandemic and will be key to ‘building forward better’.
WCCE members are fully aware of the need to slow the Covid-19's virus spread. Bearing in mind that quite a large number of countries are considering construction as an essential activity which is labour intensive, it is the responsibility of our professional to prevent the spread of the virus in the workplace. On such grounds, WCCE has become to compile safety guidelines for construction works from different jurisdictions in order to help other professional organizations which lack them or have not been put in force yet.
For the time being, 36 guideline documents from 31 countries have been collected but we expect that with everybody's collaboration, we would be able to build a relevant repository on the topic.
Contribute on the following link. The repository can be consulted following:
A previous research about the civil engineering profession sparked the interest to investigate how different countries define this practice. The mentioned research related to the number of civil engineers available in different countries, and showed a correlation with population, being the average of the 38 sampled countries close to 1.050 civil engineers per million inhabitants.
However, the data scattered and its standard deviation was somewhat large. Interestingly, some of the respondents pointed out that in their countries the definition of civil engineers was generally broader than in the rest of the world – those countries were not taken into account in the mentioned investigation as would bias the results.
In these cases, they explained, civil engineering was understood as the opposite of, for example, military engineering. Hence, civil engineering was an umbrella that covered construction, mechanical, chemical, transportation engineering and others as specializations of civil engineering.
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