Engineering vital in the attainment of SDGs

By Tichaona Kurewa

ENGINEERS from across the world who met in Victoria Falls recently resolved to scale up capacity building to ensure the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and any development goals beyond that date is impossible without the mobilisation and full input of the engineering profession at all levels.

This was one of the resolutions of the Capacity Building in Engineering Education International Forum, and the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers Biennial Conference held in Victoria Falls last week.

“We are living in the world that we borrowed from the future, in decision making we need to involve the youths because their input now would actually impact  on what it would become 20 to 30 years from now. The issue of mentorship of these young engineers is also important, it was agreed that the senior engineers need to mentor the young engineers so that we have a flawless skills transfer,” said Engineer William Goriwondo.

World Federation of Engineering Organisations President Elect, Engineer Mustafa Shehu spoke on the role of Engineers in the attainment of SDGs.

“Capacity building is such an important topic that once we are talking about achieving sustainable development goals globally, the central focus now is on Africa because it’s the region where the huge deficit exists in capacity. All the SDGs, if you look at them, you see that their solutions are deep rooted in engineering, science and technology. As WFO this is our core competence, the tools we use to propose solutions to these challenges and also to make sure that this huge deficit in certain infrastructure which will solve hunger and transportation problem is normally engineering based. There is no way we can really offer solutions to this if we have a capacity gap,” he explained.

The Engineering profession will contribute to the SDGs by ensuring that all people have access to services and resources necessary to live healthy and fulfilling lives while working to preserve the global environment.