Peace Engineering: Our Last Chance

If we’re not engineering peace, we won’t be able to reach the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

No Peace, No Progress

War has many damaging collateral effects and making progress in sustainability is one of them. The conflict in Ukraine has rapidly slowed or even reversed progress on at least half of the SDGs. Much of Ukraine’s infrastructure has been destroyed including roads, electrical systems, food distribution and hospitals — reversing progress on SDG9: “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” as well as SDG3: “Good Health and Well-being.”

If we don’t start engineering peace now, we may run out of time to solve the climate crisis and other global challenges.

Peace Engineering

One way to start is by engineering peace by integrating principles of peace in all aspects of engineering design, development and implementation. Peace Engineering, a concept introduced by Dr. Ramiro Jordan in conjunction with International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), is defined as “the application of science, technology and engineering principles to promote and support peace.” You can hear more about this exciting topic in a recent webinar titled “Peace Engineering A Call to Action: Nov 2018 to present.”

We need a strong action plan for peace to leave a better foundation for future generations of global STEM professionals to solve the global challenges.

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Michael Milligan

Michael Milligan

Executive Director & CEO of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in the STEM disciplines.