State of the World Webinar Series

FIDIC’s new State of the World Webinar Series of reports will be launched on 18 February 2021 at an online event introducing the first report which will highlight the scale of the investment challenge facing the global infrastructure sector. In order to meet the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDG), trillions of dollars of investment will be needed in infrastructure going forward and our first report outlines the scale of the challenge facing the construction and infrastructure industry. Recognising the urgent need by most governments to kickstart the national economy after Covid, FIDIC’s future thought leadership reports in the State of the World series will cover the key issues of water, resilience infrastructure, net zero, smart contracting, and digital transformation. Each State of the World report will be launched as part of a webinar series, the details of which are outlined below.


Tackling the global water crisis - FIDIC’s State of the world report series

Thursday 22 July 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

Water, it falls from the sky, runs in our rivers, fills our lakes, waters our crops, and flows through our infrastructure, yet it is more than a monetary product. Yes, having explored the value of water in our second State of the World report, we explore the flip side of this equation. The environment we live in, the pollution that has historically occurred and minimising such pollution in the future, is becoming more important day by day. The SDGs make this clear, but how can the industry stand up and lead the way. 

Find out more about how we tackle the global water crisis by attending the launch of “Tackling the global water crisis”, the third report in the FIDIC State of the World series.


Building sustainable communities in a post-Covid world

Thursday 12 August 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

The world is gradually learning what it means to be sustainable as we march towards achieving the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals and approach net zero, but should we simply be adapting our current way of living or thinking about a new way of life? The Covid pandemic has demonstrated that remote working is not just the digital dream of IT professionals and visionaries, but is and can be real life. Do we need cities? Is urbanisation going to continue? Alternatively, should we be looking at the airline industry and the ‘hub and spoke’ model as the future for communities where most activity can happen locally in a more sustainable way via serviced offices, with only occasional visits to major hubs? The world is changing and this State of the World report asks: “are we changing quick enough to match the way communities want to live not only tomorrow, but today?”


Going Digital - did Covid teach us anything? - FIDIC’s State of the world report series

Thursday 23 September 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

Covid sent the world into digital overdrive, but this overdrive is not without its challenges and opportunities. We are now looking at potentially a new technological revolution, new ways of working, new ways of raising finance, and also new threats. Technology disrupters are probably one of the greatest changes to markets. Google is the new encyclopaedia, Zoom the new meeting room, Uber the new personal car, Twitter the new press release. This report explores how such changes not only affect our industry, but also the wider landscape in which infrastructure will be operating in the future.

Find out more about the digital lessons and ramifications arising from the Covid crisis by attending the launch of “Going digital – did Covid teach us anything?, the fifth report in the FIDIC State of the World series.


Net Zero . . . so, what next? - FIDIC’s State of the world report series

Thursday 28 October 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

Net Zero. It could be argued that we have only just begun, but such ambitions were set decades ago. Yes, to hit a target you first have to create one and to reach that target you have to gain acceptance, political support, industry support and then delivery through all related activity. FIDIC, as the global voice of engineering and infrastructure, asks not only what is next but we also provide the next global target. This target not only helps to achieve our current trajectory but also sets the kind of ambitions the engineering sector and humanity should be proud to achieve. We go beyond Net Zero and ask “what next?”

Find out more about what comes next after Net Zero by attending the launch of “Net Zero . . . so, what next?”, the sixth report in the FIDIC State of the World series.


Time to $Tn-vest - FIDIC’s State of the world report series

Thursday 18 February 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

Covid is probably the greatest challenge the world currently faces. Expenditure on support mechanisms has been significant and just as infrastructure was recovering from the last financial crisis there is potential for further turmoil. The infrastructure sector, whilst being a catalyst for growth and producing positive economic effects, may have to face head-on the realism of the investment challenge at potentially even more constrained times. The cost of these crises is significant and we need to meet these challenges. It is therefore Time To Take The Trillion Task seriously - yes one T for every $trillion of investment that is estimated to be needed as a minimum to meet the SDG requirements. It is truly Time to $Tn-vest! Find out more about the scale of the investment challenge by attending the launch of this first report in the FIDIC State of the World series.


Establishing the value of water, the business case for change - FIDIC’s State of the world report series

Thursday 1 April 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

This report is part of our effort to more broadly communicate ‘state of the world’ issues that engineers can help address. This report includes a discussion of issues related to the value and pricing of water services, which going forward must meet a very important, delicate and critical balance, between providing services universally to meet the SDGs, improve livelihoods, food, energy, health etc as a necessity but using policy and pricing mechanisms which allow significant investment to take place without pricing people, towns, areas or even regions out of vital services. We also note issues related to the financial and social costs of our water challenges which are not routinely ‘priced’.

The report also forms the first part of the next report which will focus on innovative approaches which are occurring or should be considered in addressing our water challenges. These two reports, in combination with our first report on the scale of the investment challenge, will therefore hopefully help to establish a logical way forward to improve our progress in addressing our water challenges.