World Engineering Day 2021 celebrates launch of new UNESCO report: Engineering for Sustainable Development

04 March 2021


The second annual World Engineering Day takes place today on 4th March 2021 with the theme, Engineering for A Healthy Planet, and it celebrates the launch of a new UNESCO report on Engineering for Sustainable Development: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals. A launch event for the report will be livestreamed at 12pm GMT (1pm CET) on 4th March.

World Engineering Day (#WorldEngineeringDay) recognises the important work that engineers need to do, in addressing climate change and developing technologies for a carbon free economy. It is engineering innovations that will achieve this goal. Engineers will ensure cities are cleaner, more sustainable, smarter and liveable. And importantly, engineers will ensure that everyone has clean accessible water, sanitation systems, and affordable and reliable energy.

The World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development was proclaimed by UNESCO at its 40th General Conference in 2019. It is celebrated worldwide on 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.


World Engineering Day 2021 (#WED2021), with the theme, “Engineering for A Healthy Planet”, will celebrate the launch of the 2nd UNESCO Engineering Report, “Engineering for Sustainable Development: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals”. Ten years after the publication of the 1st UNESCO Engineering Report, “Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development”, this new report highlights the crucial role of engineering in delivering the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, shows how inclusive and gender equitable engineering profession can bring about new perspectives, and thus respond to the shortage of engineers, showcases of engineering innovations for implementation of the SDGs (sustainable development goals), analyses the progresses in and challenges in engineering education and capacity building, and summarises the regional trends of engineering development. Finally, it gives recommendations for developing engineering for the SDGs, and calls for global cooperation with multiple stakeholders to promote development of engineering for the SDGs.  

UNESCO will hold an online webcast event to launch the report from 12pm GMT/1pm CET to 1.30pm GMT/2.30pm CET, 4th March 2021. Delegates can register to join the livestream at:

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