Dear engineers, participants of the World Construction Forum 2019
We would like to express our deepest appreciation for the active participation that contributed to the success of the World Construction Forum 2019, which was held in April 2019 in Ljubljana. At the same time, we would like to welcome everyone who watches the Forum through video lectures and in this way carrying the voice of a successful forum all over the globe. Engineers are improving the world and helping to achieve the goals – Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), set by UNESCO as a goals for a better life by 2030.
See you at the next engineering event in Slovenia.
WCF 2019 Opening Speech
Excellencies, President of the Slovenia Chamber of Engineers Mr. Črtomir Remec, Prof. Matjaž Mikoš Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering University of Ljubljana and leaders of engineering institutions from around the world, Distinguished guests and delegates.
It is a pleasure and an honour to speak here today at the opening of the World Construction Forum 2019. The World Federation of Engineering Organisation is proud to be one of the hosts of this important event along with the Slovenia Chamber of Engineers, a national member of the Federation, and the University of Ljubljana, under the patronage of UNESCO.
On behalf of the members of the Federation, I welcome delegates to the Forum which also celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Ljubljana Engineers Chamber, predecessor of the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers, and of the 100th Anniversary of the University of Ljubljana. My warmest congratulations on this important occasion. I look forward to our organisations working together for the next century.
Dr. Marlene Kanga AM Hon. FIEAust Hon. FIChemE FTSE
The World Federation of Engineering Organisations
The World Federation of Engineering Organisations is the peak body for engineering, representing nearly 100 nations and 30 million engineers. It is the voice of engineering at an international level and promotes the important role of engineers in key issues that the world is now facing, especially to advance the goals of sustainable development. The Federation is recognised in this role by the United Nations and it agencies including UNESCO.
The implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is a key objective of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations. These goals take an integrated approach for future development, combining progress in economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. This focus recognises that engineers are at the heart of sustainable development, using their ingenuity to develop and implement the solutions that the world needs to manage its resources, protect our planet and provide basic amenities, water and energy, to so many around the world.
I am therefore delighted that this the World Construction Forum will focus on six Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related to water, energy, innovation, sustainable cities and infrastructure and action against climate change.
It is pleasing that diverse topics will be discussed at the Forum. Experts from every region of the world will discuss the latest technologies and advanced engineering for the design and development of infrastructure such as roads and tunnels and for the operation and maintenance of facilities, buildings and heritage structures. Importantly, the use of energy efficient technologies, is on the agenda, critical for sustainable living in increasingly urban populations around the world. The preservation of our cultural heritage and infrastructure that is resilient against natural disasters such as earthquakes and the increasing impact of climate change, is also essential. An important theme is capacity building in engineering especially in developing countries and the need for quality education in engineering so that the world has the engineers that it needs to advance the goals of sustainable development.
I look forward to the presentations and discussions and the many unique opportunities to develop solutions to the challenges we face. The collaborative, approach among the international experts that will be attending the Forum will be a powerful catalyst to develop the best solutions that the world needs for sustainable development.
My very best wishes to everyone involved in this Forum and my sincere thanks to the Slovenia Chamber of Engineers (IZS), the University of Ljubljana, the Organising Committees and staff, for their hard work in organising this important event. The Forum is an opportunity to celebrate the past 100 years and also to look ahead, to plan for a sustainable future and to create a better world.
Dr. Marlene Kanga AM Hon. FIEAust Hon. FIChemE FTSE
The World Construction Forum 2019 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The WCF 2019 has been held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe in April, 2019. In the past, human interventions into the environment in Slovenia have been subjected to complex geological conditions, and this is still true despite modern technologies and technical advances. The Republic of Slovenia is a young European country but with a long tradition in landslide risk management that was always an important constitutional part of the organised landslide, erosion and torrent control activities that started towards the end of the 19th century during the Habsburg Empire.
Slovenia is coiled up by mountains, surrounded by Austria, Italy, Hungary and the Adriatic Sea on the one side, and Croatia on the other, this Central European country of two million inhabitants, which is only half the size of Switzerland, surprises most first-time visitors with the array of its landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. Slovenia has joined the European Union in 2004 and introduced the Euro as its official currency in January 2007. The same year, Slovenia also joined the Schengen Zone.
City of Ljubljana
The City of Ljubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia, is a vital city which is developing with a clear vision, putting the quality of life at the forefront. Although, with 280.000 residents, it does not rank among the major European capitals and large cities, it combines in fact many facilities and services of a metropolis with the relaxed ambience and safety of smaller towns.
Ljubljana was the European Green Capital 2016.
World Construction Forum 2019 has been held under the honorary patronage of His Excellency Mr. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia.
Related past world forums:
Sustainable Construction For People
Engineers, politicians, researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs from all over the world met from 17 to 21 September 2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where they presented and exchanged their opinions about the sustainable design and construction of buildings and infrastructure, a major challenge of the 21st century.
Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides
Engineers, politicians, researchers, scientists and students from all over the world met from 29 May to 2 June 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where they presented and exchanged their expertise and knowledge about landslide research and landslide risk reduction, as a contribution to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030.