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Engineering For A Better World

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Capacity Building: Engineering for Development & Megatrends

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10.548.1 - 10.548.6



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Russel Jones

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Session # 2560

Engineering for a Better World

Russel C. Jones WFEO Committee on Capacity Building

Andrew Reynolds US Department of State

Anthony Marjoram UNESCO


In 2003, the United States of America rejoined UNESCO after an absence of 18 years. The US government indicated to UNESCO that it wanted a significant portion of the increased funds that it would provide to its budget to be allocated to enhancing its programs in engineering and engineering education – in order to promote technical capacity building for economic development in developing countries. A major proposal on how to mount an enhanced engineering program, entitled “Engineering for a Better World”, has been developed by the US engineering community and UNESCO’s engineering staff and submitted to UNESCO for consideration.

The overall objectives of the “Engineering for a Better World” proposal are to strengthen human and institutional technical capacity in developing countries, to promote engineering to young people, and to provide an interactive and catalytic role for the application of engineering and technological resources to sustainable economic and social development and poverty eradication. There is specific reference to the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, ensuring environmental sustainability, promoting gender equity and empowering women, and developing global partnerships for development.

Mandates for capacity building

“Let me challenge all of you to help mobilize global science and technology to tackle the interlocking crises of hunger, disease, environmental degradation and conflict that are holding back the developing world.” Kofi Annan, 2002"

Several of the development goals outlined in the Millennium Declaration amplify this call to action:

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Jones, R. (2005, June), Engineering For A Better World Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15361

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