These global challenges range from population pressures and growing urbanisation, climate change effects, energy and water shortages, to natural and human disasters.
The United Nation group its response to these challenges in 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Engineering can make a direct contribution to the achievement of many of these goals for example:
- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Find out more about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
Why the world needs our engineering skills
- Quality infrastructure is positively related to the achievement of social, economic and political goals - by 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas
- Rapid urbanization experience pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment and public health
- Basic infrastructure like roads, communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in many developing countries;
- 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to basic sanitation and almost 800 million people lack access to water
- Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades; Major technological change will give a better than even chance that global warming will not exceed this threshold
Many countries lack the means to tackle their infrastructure issues decisively. As civil engineers we can help alleviate these problems, safeguard the environment and properly plan the infrastructure.
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