Introduction: Engineering to accelerate delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals

Engineering is about the knowledge and practice of solving problems. For thousands of years, engineering as both a profession and a discipline, has evolved with the development of humanity. Engineering has helped solve our daily problems and our production needs by applying scientific knowledge, technical methods, design and management principles. Indeed, engineering, with its range of sub-disciplines, has been a prime contributor to the survival of humankind on Earth and to improving our quality of life. It has contributed to our ability to survive disasters and public health challenges, to secure food and water, to communicate and transport, and to innovate and create new products and services. Wherever there is a problem, there is a need for engineering solutions. The foremost problem facing the world today is sustaining human development and preserving the planet. In this context, engineering has a central role to play.

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