Engineering is a Critical Enabler for Sustainable Development
Speaker: Dr Tony Marjoram and Jacqui Bell
In this webinar we will hear both global and local perspectives about how engineering is a critical enabler for sustainable development.
The UN Millennium Development Goals were introduced at the Millennium Summit for the period 2000-2015, and have been hailed as the most successful global initiative for reducing poverty, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. The MDGs were superseded in the post-2015 development agenda by the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-2030 which aim to eradicate poverty by 2030.
Tony Marjoram will look at the global perspective, examining the vital role of engineers in the MDGs and SDGs, why there is so little explicit mention of engineering in them, and how this can be addressed. Jacqui Bell will then explore the critical role the Australian engineering profession has in facilitating and translating global goals into meaningful action in Australia. This will consider how engineers must be an essential contributor to discussion, debate, policy and planning regarding action on climate change, biodiversity loss and equitable sustainable development.