Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World (AETDEW)
At the turn of the 21st Century, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2001-2015, to lift the world out of poverty. Building on the success of the MDGs, the United Nations adopted in September 2015 a further 15-year global action plan (2016-2030) focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve the sustainable development of developing countries. The achievements of the UN MDGs were in no small measure due to the development model of Asia Pacific of building inclusive infrastructure and nurturing indigenous small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in manufacturing and services sectors. The leaders were the four Asian Tiger economies, followed by other ASEAN nations and China.
In 2005, the Group of 77 (G-77) and China held the 2nd Summit in Doha and urged UNESCO to enhance engineering and technological human and institutional capacity in developing countries. As a result, the UNESCO International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) was launched in May 2008 in Kuala Lumpur. ISTIC was hosted by Malaysia as her contribution to assist sustainable development of sister developing countries through science, technology and innovation.
As the achievement of the inclusive SDGs would require greater collaborative efforts by South countries through South-South Cooperation, ISTIC in 2015 proposed the formation of the Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World (AETDEW) to mobilise the engineering, technological and scientific communities in government, industry, academia and civil societal organisations of G-77 nations to help them achieve the UN SDGs based on the SDG premise “Leave No One Behind”. AETDEW was registered in Malaysia and launched in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.
Currently AEDTEW membership includes 4 Honorary Fellows, 178 Fellows from G-77 countries and 8 Foreign Fellows from OECD countries.
AETDEW primary focus is to enhance the indigenous engineering and technological human and institutional capacities of G-77 nations through the Belt and Road Initiative that has been embraced by nearly the whole of the developing world.