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WFEO Flash-Info #7,    October 2016
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In this Edition
  • WFEO Executive Council meetings and World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – WECDRR 2016
  • Publication of ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems Standard
  • CAETS 2016: Engineering A Better World
  • "The Future of Scientific Advice to the United Nations" Report
  • 60th IAEA General Conference
  • UPADI Convention Panama 2016
  • ICE Transport Asset Management 2016
  • Engineering Ethics and Sustainability
World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – WECDRR 2016
World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – WECDRR 2016
WECDRR 2016 will be held from 5 to 6 December In Lima, Peru, on the occasion of WFEO Executive Council meetings.
The purpose of WECDRR 2016 is to present and discuss recent experiences on disasters and to assess proposed solutions promoting the contribution of engineering to the disaster risk management.

The criterion applied for the selection of WECDRR topics was to select current issues of global concern, as well as of interest to the host country.

Reasons to participate:
  • The WECDRR shall be an opportunity to learn, exchange experiences and establish networks with top international DRR/DRM specialists.
  • Leading engineers on DRR from around the world will meet to discuss and advance knowledge on DRR, and present the results of their plans, research and work.
  • The Scientific program will include 20 technical sessions and 6 topics.
  • Lima, “the City of Kings” is one of the most attractive cities to visit, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Registration

We are only few weeks away from WECDRR 2016.
Make sure to register asap through:

 
Link for General Registration
Link for WFEO Members only

For more information, click on the following link: www.wfeo.org/events/world-engineering-conference-disaster-risk-reduction-wecdrr-2016
Publication of ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems Standard
Publication of ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems Standard on 15th October 2016

The ISO 37001 International Standard was approved by final vote of participating countries on 23rd September 2016, and will be published on 15th October 2016.

ISO 37001 is an anti-bribery management systems standard which is established by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization which develops and publishes International Standards.

ISO 37001 will materially help reduce the risk of bribery by helping organizations implement anti bribery controls. If public sector procurement bodies were to make independently certified compliance with ISO 37001 a pre-condition to obtaining work for major public sector contracts, then this could materially help reduce corruption in public sector contracting.

This forthcoming publication is great news, after three years of effort to get this very satisfactory outcome that will be widely rewarded. The "zero tolerance for bribery"  will be institutionalized, personal values of ethics will be frequently recognized and there will be a greater institutional transparency.

WFEO is a partner in the project and plays a special role by being a liaison organization to the ISO project committee and by providing a chair of the drafting committee.

For more information, click on the following links:

WFEO Committee on Anti-Corruption webpage dedicated to ISO 37001: www.wfeo.org/stc_anticorruption_project_reports

Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption (GIACC) Centre page on ISO 37001 : www.giaccentre.org/ISO37001.php

ISO 37001 - Anti-bribery management systems on ISO website: www.iso.org/iso/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?refid=Ref2125
CAETS 2016: Engineering A Better World
CAETS 2016: Engineering A Better World
The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological (CAETS) 2016 - Engineering A Better World was a two day conference held in London the 13 and 14 September 2016. It explored how engineering can drive progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and transform the future of the world we live in through cross-borders country partnerships and collaboration.

Hosted by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), the event brought together engineering institutions and international development professionals from around the world.

WFEO President Jorge Spitalnik, President Elect Mrs. Marlene Kanga, Executive Council members Martin Manuhwa, Mustafa Shehu and Haro Bedelian as well as Executive Director Mr. Jacques de Méreuil attended the conference.

During Day 2, under the theme "Leading the profession: Learning from around the world", Dr. Kanga made a speech entitled "Diversity for Relevance", where she underlined in particular the global percentage of women at graduation level in engineering studies (17%) and working at age of 50 (1%). She also stressed the positive example coming from “new nations” that make engineering a priority, like Kuwait where women are more than 50% at graduation level. 

In the conclusions, President Jorge Spitalnik intervened to highlight the importance of the “feasibility of concepts”, technically, economically and environmentally: engineers can prevent politicians from “wishful thinking” biases. 

Africa Catalyst, a new capacity building program originally conceived by WFEO, was launched on 14 September with RAEng grants available for Professional Engineering Institutes (PEIs) based in sub-Saharan Africa, working in partnership with the engineering research, policy and business communities in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.
An interactive session on Africa Catalyst took place on 14 September led by a group of consultants.

For more information, click on the following link:

CAETS 2016 - Engineering A Better World webpage: www.raeng.org.uk/policy/international-policy-and-development/engineering-a-better-world-caets-2016
"The Future of Scientific Advice to the United Nations" Report
"The Future of Scientific Advice to the United Nations" Report

The summary report of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Secretary-General of the UN, entitled “The Future of Scientific Advice to the United Nations” is available for download.

Prof. Dr. Ke Gong, Chair of the WFEO Committee on Engineering for Innovative Technologies (WFEO-CEIT) is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and has participated in this great collaborative effort.

For more information, click on the following links:

Report in English
Report in Spanish
Report in French

WFEO-CEIT website
60th IAEA General Conference
60th IAEA General Conference

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held its 60th General Conference from 26 to 30 September 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

High-ranking officials and representatives from IAEA Member States considered a range of thematics such as "Making Nuclear More Effective in Support of Sustainable Development", "Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response", "Education, Leadership and Support are Key to Attracting More Women to Nuclear", Economic Sustainability", "Technical Cooperation in Africa" among other.

In conjunction with this General Conference, a  scientific Forum entitled Nuclear Technology for Sustainable Development Goals has been convened.

Like last year, WFEO delegates Eng. Jorge Spitalnik and Eng. Reginald Vachon attended the Conference as IAEA certified NGO Observers.

For more information, click on the following link:

IAEA General Conference webpage: www.iaea.org/about/policy/gc/gc60
UPADI Convention Panama 2016
UPADI Convention Panama 2016

The XXXVI Convention of WFEO International Member Pan American Academy of Engineers Association (UPADI) will be held from 24 to 28 October 2016 in Panama city.

The Convention will coincide with the XIII National Congress of Civil Engineering which is held every 3 years.

For more information, click on the following links:

WFEO webpage on UPADI Convention Panama 2016: www.wfeo.org/events/upadi-panama-2016

UPADI Convention Panama 2016 website: upadipanama.org
ICE Transport Asset Management 2016
ICE Transport Asset Management 2016

WFEO national member the UK Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will hold the Transport Asset Management Conference on 28 October 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

The theme of the Conference is "Sharing Best Practice for a Sustainable Future"

Top transport managers will gather at the Institution of Civil Engineers' fourth Transport Asset Management conference later this month to optimise how large scale assets are built, repaired and maintained.

For more information, click on the following links:

WFEO page on ICE Transport Asset Management 2016: www.wfeo.org/events/ice-transport-asset-management-2016

ICE Transport Asset Management 2016 website: www.ice-conferences.com/ice-transport-asset-management-2016-(1)
Engineering Ethics and Sustainability
Dr. William Kelly retired in January 2015 as Director of External Affairs at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

He participated in the World Congress on Engineering Education (WCEE 2015) that took place in Beirut, Lebanon on 29 and 30 October 2015 where he presented a paper which purpose was to review ethics and sustainability in engineering education.


Read the presentation of William Kelly also included in the Committee on Education magazine IDEAS  on the following link: Engineering Ethics and Sustainability.
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