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.


Establishing the value of water - FIDIC’s State of the world report series

Thursday 1 April 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

Water forms an integral part of our food, energy and living systems. It is therefore something we all need, yet the actual societal and monetary value placed on it seems disproportionately low compared to its necessity. As such, investment in such systems is not sufficient to meet the goals of universal clean water and wastewater provision. This report asks a very valid question - is the value of water correct? - and it forms part of a series of three reports that look specifically at the water sector, its value, the environmental aspects, both above the land and within the oceans. Will water need to become the next oil for investment to be sufficient to meet the SDGs or should the world work together to ensure such a vital resource is provided on more than price alone? 

Find out more about how we value water by attending the launch of “Establishing the value of water”, the second report in the FIDIC State of the World series.


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

Thursday 13 May 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 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.


A sea of change - FIDIC’s State of the world report series

Thursday 12 August 2021 - 12.00 to 13.30 CET

In the last of our water reports, we explore the issues facing the largest body of water on this planet. We fish in it, we have sailed across it and whilst it once seemed insurmountable and the jewel of the plant, the effects of human activity are starting to take their toll. In 2015, FIDIC took the step of highlighting such issues and it is important we revisit this important subject. If the engine of the earth sits below the core, the coolant that keeps it operating is our oceans and we cannot afford to lose such an important ecosystem.  

Find out more about what we need to do to safeguard our oceans by attending the launch of “A sea of change”, the fourth report in the FIDIC State of the World series.


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.