Co-sponsored by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and China National Commission for UNESCO, the celebration activities of World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development 2021 (WED 2021) which was featured with the founding of the Chinese Society of Engineers (CSE) were launched on March 18, 2021.
The CSE is founded on March 18, 2021.
Wan Gang, vice chairman of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee and president of CAST, Li Xiaohong, president of the CAE, and Tian Xuejun, vice minister of education and director of China National Commission for UNESCO, addressed the event.
Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president and chief executive secretary of CAST, and Shu Wei, executive secretary of CAST, attended the event.
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, assistant director-general for Natural Sciences at UNESCO, delivered an online speech.
Gong Ke, president of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), delivered a keynote speech.
The event was presided over by Song Jun, executive secretary of CAST.
Wan Gang pointed out in his speech that the innovation and achievements of Engineering and technology was not only a key factor to promote social productivity, but also an important force to develop education, culture, sports, health among other undertakings.
The celebration activities of WED 2021 had enhanced public's awareness of how engineering and technology improved human life, reflecting the role of engineers in promoting global sustainable development, continued Wan.
The newly established CSE would better serve talent cultivation, boost economic and social development, and promote exchanges and cooperation among global engineering circles, all of which contributed wisdom and strength to achieve global sustainable development goals (SDGs) and build a community with a shared future for mankind, added Wan.
Wan put forward three expectations for engineering and engineers worldwide:
--Engineering should serve for global sustainable development;
--Engineers should join hands and deepen international cooperation to meet new challenges;
--Coordinated actions should be taken to innovate engineering education system to cultivate future talents.
He expressed his hope that international engineering community could make concerted efforts to kickstart new situation and bring spring for global engineering and technology circles.
Li Xiaohong said that at present engineering and technology was playing irreplaceable role in coping with human health crisis and achieving rapid economic and social development.
As the current COVID-19 crisis still grim and the global SDGs facing big challenges, engineering and technology could do a lot to boost economic and social development.
Li called for more science and technology achievements for people’s health, quick steps of innovation meeting sustainable development goals and close international scientific and technological cooperation addressing common challenges.
Tian Xuejun introduced that China was making efforts to build a global engineering education community.
He said that China integrated UN’s SDGs into engineering talents cultivation and encouraged more talents to participate in its practice.
The Ministry of Education and China National Commission for UNESCO would join hands with all social sectors to promote China's engineering education standard and made contributions to building a community with shared future for mankind and a prosperous world.
On behalf of UNESCO, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle congratulated the success of the event.
She thanked China for hosting WED 2021 celebration program.
She introduced that the 2nd UNESCO Engineering Report entitled “Engineering for Sustainable Development: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals” jointly launched by UNESCO and relevant Chinese institutions was of great significance to global engineering community.
UNESCO hoped to deepen cooperation with relevant Chinese institutions to serve the SDGs of the United Nations (UN) through boosting engineering worldwide, concluded she.
Gong Ke pointed out in his keynote speech that the 2nd UNESCO Engineering Report provided useful references for governments, industries, educational institutions and engineering organizations to promote sustainable development. It presented directions and missions for engineering circles and would be a milestone for global engineering development.
He hoped that Chinese engineering circles would closely cooperate with their global peers and make greater contributions to accelerating China's modernization and global sustainable development.
At the founding ceremony, Wan Gang, Li Xiaohong, Huai Jinpeng, Tian Xuejun, Gong Ke, together with other leading officials unveiled the logo of the CSE, and awarded certificates to the initiating founders.
Logo of the Chinese Society of Engineers (CSE)
Initiated by CAST, 32 national societies, 8 local engineers' associations, 24 universities and 12 enterprises, altogether 76 influential units were initiating founders of the CSE.
With the aim to gather strength of engineering, technology, enterprises and other social sectors to build a community for engineers with common value and orientation, the founding of CSE drew concerns of engineering community worldwide.
16 international and national engineering organizations, including the International Engineering Alliance (IEA), sent letters or messages to congratulate the founding of CSE.
At the round table dialogue session of the event which was presided over by Gong Ke, Wu Qidi, director of the International Center for Engineering Education (ICEE) under the auspices of UNESCO, and Song Jiqiang, corporate vice president and managing director of Labs China of Intel Corporation made guiding speeches focusing on future-oriented engineering talents cultivation and open cooperation to promote worldwide engineering and technology innovation respectively.
Firas Bou Diab, chair of the Young Engineers / Future Leaders Committee of the WFEO, Yetunde Holloway, chair of the Women in Engineering Committee of the WFEO, Chen Simiao, visiting professor of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College and Humboldt scholar of Germany, Wang SunYu, deputy director and secretary general of the ICEE under the auspices of UNESCO, Wu Chen, chief architect of Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd (BIAD), Jia Xiaofeng, director of data management department of Beijing Information Resource Management Center, among other distinguished guests exchanged ideas focusing on the theme of engineering serving for a healthy and sustainable world.
This event promoted public’s awareness of the concept of sustainable development and provided platforms for international engineering community to strengthen exchanges and cooperation to better fulfill UN’s sustainable development goals.
More than 200 representatives from the initiating founders of the CSE, some national engineering societies, scientific research institutes, universities and enterprises attended the meeting.
The event was live-streamed on media platforms including Xinhuanet, official WED website, Today's Headlines, Baidu, Tik Tok, Douyu, Huya, attracting more than 8.8 million online viewers.
The World Engineering Day was proclaimed by UNESCO at its 40th General Conference in 2019. It is celebrated worldwide around 4th March of each year since 2020. The Day offers an opportunity to highlight engineers and engineering’s achievements in our modern world and improve public understanding of how engineering and technology are central to modern life and for sustainable development.
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