The beginning of an UNESCO international day for engineers and engineering celebration

Until recently, the engineering day differed all over the world. Today 4 March 2020, we mark the beginning of the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, and it will be  celebrated on 4th March every year as a UNESCO international day of celebration of engineers and engineering.

As described in the Key Message of the World Engineering Day, “Be an Engineer and Create a Better Future for the World”

“Important as engineering is, engineers have made a great value on society and have a significant impact on improving everyone’s life with lasting benefits. Engineers are essential for resilience to climate change and to design and develop resilient infrastructure that will withstand the increasing weather-related events – floods, cyclones, and bush fires especially in developing countries.

Engineers are essential for sustainable economic development as they are needed to support the growth and development of essential infrastructures such as roads, dams, water supply, and sanitation in both developed and developing countries.

Engineers are indispensable to technological innovation that will benefit people and the planet for greater prosperity and better quality of life and leave no one behind, especially to ensure equal access to technology for women and in rural areas.

Engineers are needed more than ever before to meet the requirements of the 4th Industrial Revolution and to address the pressing needs of sustainable development of humanity and the planet. The World Engineering Day can be used for inclusive access to engineering for women and girls, and encourage young people, especially girls, to consider engineering as a career and say “If you want to change the world for the better, become an engineer.”

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), is spread in over 160 countries with more than 423.000 members. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe. Inspiring a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow, through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE couldn’t be missing from the partners of the World Engineering Day 2020 .

IEEE already has an active portfolio of 1.300 standards and projects under development, making it the leading developer of industry standards in a broad range of technologies that drive the functionality, capabilities, and interoperability of products and services, transforming how people live, work, and communicate. Since its establishing

We are connected to the internet today, being able to read this article through our computers or mobile devices, thanks to the family of IEEE 802 networking standards, developed by engineers. Today we celebrate the benefits of engineering and the key role engineers have to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

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