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CAETS Strategy 2008 - 2012 draft080429

CAETS Strategy 2008 – 2012

CAETS, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Inc., consists of those national academies of engineering and technological sciences which, as judged by their fellow members, have satisfied an agreed set of criteria for membership. CAETS was established in 1978 and was incorporated as a charitable non-profit corporation in the District of Columbia (USA) in 2000. Its Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and Operating Procedures set forth its objectives and governance arrangements.

CAETS envisions a world in which national and international decision-making on economic, social, and environmental issues is properly informed by relevant engineering, scientific and technological considerations and in which the peoples of all countries benefit fully from the capabilities of engineering, science and technology.

The mission of CAETS is to foster engineering and technological progress for the benefit of societies of all countries.
CAETS provides the organizational mechanism through which engineering and technological science academies of the world can work together on important issues at the intersection of technology and society. Through communication and sharing of best practices, each academy may draw on the total global experience and expertise of other member academies to address issues at the national level and, collectively, to encourage use of the best engineering and technological advice by key global intergovernmental institutions for the benefit of all peoples of the world.

Join forces with member academies to address global problems.

Themes for the biennial Convocations of CAETS reflect, to a significant extent, the host academy’s view of its current national engineering and technological issue(s), and hosts of alternate year annual meetings schedule them to be in conjunction with a meeting of general interest to CAETS member academies. Also, CAETS member academies differ from one and other in financial resources and national and international impact and outreach. With a view to increasing the benefit of such CAETS activities, cooperation among member academies is encouraged, possibly including co-organization or co-hosting of meetings and collaboration on publications.
Issues for possible consideration by CAETS include: new materials and technologies; water management and production; transport; sustainability and management of natural resources; energy; food production technology; and global environment.

Immediate goals:
● Conduct a successful Eighteenth Convocation in Canada in 2009 and a successful Nineteenth Convocation in Mexico in 2011.
● Address issues of common concern to the member academies at annual Council meetings and supporting workshops

Consolidate and strengthen CAETS advisory/consultative role and working relations with relevant engineering/scientific/technological organizations of the United Nations System, the InterAcademy Council, the International Council of Scientific Unions, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, and other non-governmental partners.

CAETS has developed initial working relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Initial contacts have also been made with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD).

CAETS provides input, through Observer capacity representation at governing body sessions, to UNESCO, IOC and WMO. CAETS member academies have advised their national delegations to the governing bodies of these organizations, including sessions of the General Conference of UNESCO and the World Meteorological Congress.

CAETS intends to strengthen and broaden these working relations in coming years. In particular, CAETS will:
• Explore the scope for working relations with other relevant UN bodies;
• Regularly brief the Executive Heads of UN System bodies on CAETS role and activities, such as through provision of the latest versions of the 'Introduction to CAETS';
• Invite key UN System bodies to attend sessions of CAETS Council as Observers.
• Complement the efforts of CAETS member academies by alerting them to relevant engineering/scientific/technological developments and issues in the UN System and assisting with their input to national briefs and delegations to relevant UN System activities.
• Strengthen its working relations with ICSU, IAC and WFEO and collaborate closely in joint relations with the UN System;

In the shorter term (over the next two years) CAETS will:
• Evaluate its experience of working with UNESCO, IOC and WMO as a guide to future involvement with them and with other elements of the UN System;
• Arrange CAETS representation at governing body sessions of other UN organizations as appropriate;
• Review its working relations with ICSU, IAC and WFEO;
• Develop proposals for specific joint projects with at least one UN System organization and one non-governmental partner

Build global capacity for technological advice and consultation by fostering, strengthening and increasing the number of academies of engineering and technological sciences worldwide

Representatives of CAETS member academies should be more proactive in contacting emerging engineering bodies and academies in other countries. CAETS should encourage the creation of new academies of engineering in countries where none exists. In those countries where it is unlikely that separate engineering academies will be established in the near to intermediate term, special arrangements should be adopted with a view to enabling engineering subgroups of Academies of Science to be active in CAETS.

For many academies, which derive their major income from personal membership, the dues to CAETS may be an important obstacle to active membership. CAETS should therefore maintain a dues structure which facilitates their membership.

Over the next two years CAETS will:
  • Continue implementation of specific strategies to increase its membership by 50% by 2012, without altering its criteria for membership.
  • Develop a list of possible candidate academies from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and countries which were part of the former USSR based on proactive member academy contact with engineering bodies in these regions.

Help member academies deal more effectively with their own national issues and academy operational issues through organized presentations and discussions at annual Council meetings.

Experience has shown that there are a number of issues of common concern among member academies; for example engineering education has received attention on an almost regular basis at annual Council meetings. When merited, such an issue should be the subject of an organized portion of a Council meeting for discussion, possibly followed by a workshop, to assist participating member academies to better deal with the issue in their own countries.

Immediate Goal:
● Members of the Board of Directors will lead Council discussions on topics of common concern to benefit those member academies interested in the subject.