CAA - World Architecture Day - 3rd October 2016
Commonwealth Association of Architects - WORLD ARCHITECTURE DAY – 3rd October 2016
World Architect Day was created in 2005 by the Union International des Architects (UIA). It is a day when we should show appreciation for the work architects do and celebrate some of the great global architectural works.
There are a host of activities we architects engage in and all these shape our future, the future of our communities and the future of our planet. Our work plays an essential role in planning for the future, sustaining population growth and tackling a number of social problems.
As architects within the Commonwealth of Nations we have a great responsibility towards achieving an overall sustainability of the living environment. At a meeting on the 13th June 2016 the Commonwealth Secretary General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland dwelt about her views for the Commonwealth and how these should follow and be consonant with the UN “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” goals.
The Secretary General urged all those present to formulate programmes and activities aimed at reaching these 2030 goals. In reply to remarks and comments made by some of those present the Secretary General noted that there were a number of professions (architects, planners and medicals) around the table who could offer a leading role in achieving these goals.
The seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals and their accompanying 169 targets set by the UN, demonstrate the scale and ambition of this universal agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what they did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and, among other objectives, seek to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.
The Commonwealth Secretary General’s call for action opens a great opportunity for CAA to study in depth the UN 2030 Agenda and formulate its own vision and road map for the future. This vision and road map should not only be limited to the activities of the CAA Council but should have a wider perspective and involve all our Member Organisations and the CAA Council is confident in achieving this.
In celebrating World Architecture Day I urge you to take a few moments to appreciate the architectural accomplishments that you usually take for granted during your everyday life and conclude whether these have achieved something for the better, or for the worse, for people around you.
Issued by : Vincent Cassar President