WFEO Flash-Info #8,    December 2016
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  • WFEO Meetings & WECDRR 2016
  • The Lima Declaration
  • FAEO Conference & Africa Engineering Week
  • António Guterres, new UN Secretary-General
  • The 50th anniversary of UNIDO
  • Create Magazine Article “The World Stage“
  • IDDR New York Event
  • World Engineers Summit WES-CUE 2017
WFEO Meetings & WECDRR 2016

WFEO Executive Council, Standing Technical Committees and Task Groups met in Lima Peru from 3 to 9 December 2016.

In parallel, on December 5 and 6, WFEO Peruvian national member CIP organised a very successful 2016 World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WECDRR2016).

Look out for the January edition of our Flash Info to know more about the subjects discussed during that week’s meetings and more information on WECDRR16
The Lima Declaration
The Lima Declaration

The World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WECDRR 2016) that took place the 5 and 6 December in Lima, Peru, was a major event where recent experiences on disasters were showcased and discussed. The Engineering contribution to the disaster risk management was highlighted and solutions were explored.

At the end of the Conference, the Lima Declaration on increasing resilience of infrastructure vis-a-vis natural and man-made disasters was signed by Eng. Jorge Spitalnik, President of WFEO, and Dr Jorge Alva Hurtado, President of CIP, the Peruvian Association of Professional Engineers.

You can see the Lima Declaration in the following link:
FAEO Conference & Africa Engineering Week
FAEO Conference & Africa Engineering Week
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has successfully held a Conference under the theme "Adequate, Reliable and Sustainable Energy in Africa" in collaboration with the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) and UNESCO.

This major event was held in the city of Uyo, Nigeria from 21st to 25th November 2016. It gathered some 4200 participants and took place simultaneously with the 3rd UNESCO Africa Engineering Week (AEW).

WFEO Vice President and Chairman of the Standing Technical Committee on Anti-corruption (WFEO-CAC) Engr. Martin Manuhwa delivered a Goodwill message where he reiterated the commitment of WFEO to support African engineering development, highlighting initiatives such as the Abuja Declaration and the Africa Catalyst Program.

The Africa Catalyst Program aims at fostering national and regional development in sub-Saharan Africa by focusing on better connecting Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs), Engineering Councils/Associations and other organizations to the engineering research, policy and business communities.

The keynote address was given by Dr. Enang Moma from the UNESCO Regional Office, who presented, at the end of her address, a copy of the UNESCO Science report to FAEO President Engr. Mustafa Shehu.

WFEO was also represented by Valerie Agberagba, Vice President of WFEO in charge of its Committee on Women in Engineering.

For more information, click on the following link:

Report on FAEO Conference and Africa Engineering Week:
World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – WECDRR 2016
António Guterres, new UN Secretary-General
António Guterres, new UN Secretary-General

Last December 12, António Guterres sworn in as new United Nations Secretary General, following his formal election by the UN General Assembly on 13 October 2016.

He is former Portugal prime minister and U.N. high commissioner for refugees. He has an engineering background and shortly after his appointment as the next UN Secretary General, WFEO President sent him the letter of congratulations you can see below:

WFEO letter to Mr. Guterres, in English: WFEO_letter_to_Mr.Guterres_EN.pdf and Portuguese: WFEO_letter_to_Mr.Guterres_PT.pdf
The 50th anniversary of UNIDO
The 50th anniversary of UNIDO

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency in the United Nations system which primary objective is the promotion and acceleration of industrial development in developing countries.

Eng. Crtomir Remec, WFEO Executive Vice President and President of the European Council of Engineers Chambers (ECEC), was invited to participate to UNIDO's 50th anniversary.

For more information, click on the following link:

The 50th anniversary of UNIDO:
Create Magazine Article “The World Stage”
Create Magazine Article “The World Stage”

The article "The World Stage" published in the November edition of Create Magazine, the Engineers Australia's Member magazine is available.

Former Engineers Australia National President Dr Marlene Kanga is soon to take the reins of the world’s largest engineering association, and she is intent on making sure engineers are heard loud and clear when it comes to building the global future.

You can see the article in the following link:
IDDR New York Event
IDDR New York Event

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), hosted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), held every 13 October in the UN Headquarters in New-York, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

The 2016 edition marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework which are focused on achieving the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries by 2030.

“Live to Tell” is the first theme of the “Sendai Seven” and it is in this framework that during the panel discussion co-hosted by Bangladesh and Switzerland, UNISDR and UNDP, Mr. Donovan Guttieres, spoke on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth, focusing on youth perspectives and youth-led approaches to reducing mortality to disaster.

He highlighted several points, especially the role that young practitioners can play in the disaster risk management process. He also mentioned some examples of young engineers  doing work to map disasters, as with the recent devastating Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

For more information, click on the following links:

#IDDR2016: Involving affected communities is key to reducing disaster mortality:

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction webpage:
World Engineers Summit WES-CUE 2017
World Engineers Summit WES-CUE 2017

In July 2017, the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) in collaboration with the International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE) and The Applied Energy Innovation Institute (AEII), will organize the World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium and Forum: Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy (WES-CUE 2017) Joint Conference.

For more information, click on the following link:

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