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Deploying Global Youth Capacity in UN Policy and Engineering for SDG 13
Friday, 9 July 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

World Federation of Engineering Organisations and Major Group for Children and Youth, Science Policy Interface Platform, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UN Secretary General's Youth Advisor on Climate Change (YAG)

WFEO is the largest global engineering federation bringing together national engineering institutions from 100 nations and representing 30 million engineers. WFEO is represented at major UN Organisations and Co-Chairs Major Science and Technology Group at UN.

The Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) is the UN General Assembly-mandated, official, formal and self-organised mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in UN processes related to sustainable development.

The Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change brings the voices of young people into high-level decision making and advises the Secretary-General on the implementation of his 2020-21 Climate Change Strategy. WFEO Committee for Young Engineers / Future Leaders (YEFL) set-up a working group on SDG 13 to include young engineers into the Global Climate Emergency work.

The aim of this working group is to contribute to the sustainable development of countries by streamlining national initiatives carried by young engineers from 100 national associations so they contribute to United Nations targets. This will be achieved by supporting each association in preparing the national Young Engineers Strategy in line with UN Climate Finance Trends and MGCY SPI and YAG initiatives.

The crises of climate breakdown are the most serious issues of our time. Our major infrastructure systems of transport, energy, water, waste, telecommunications and flood defenses play a major part, accounting for a vast portion of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

The event aims for an engineering community where a diverse and inclusive membership can work collaboratively towards innovative climate mitigation strategies, engaging women and young engineers in particular to combat climate change. .

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