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Commission to look at role of engineers in meeting UN goals

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A PRESIDENTIAL commission is to investigate the role civil engineers have to play in meeting UN international development goals on poverty, education, health and the environment.

Paul Jowitt, professor of civil engineering systems at HeriotWatt university, will lead the commission. It will ask what society expects of engineers, identify the critical activities needed to meet the UN's goals and suggest what the ICE should do to help meet them.

ICE President Doug Oakervee announced the establishment of a working group to tackle these issues in his presidential address in November. But Council has agreed to upgrade the study to presidential commission status to reflect the importance of the work.

'What makes the scope of this study most challenging is the outward facing international dimension, and in particular, the inclusion of the 'north-south' aspect, ' said Jowitt.

'Meeting UN goals moves the agenda on to another plane, in which the ICE and its members have to see themselves as having a lead role to play internationally as part of a valued and an important profession, ' he added.

Jowitt expects to spend £27,500 on the study. Initial findings will be presented at the ICE annual conference, to be held in Cambridge in July.

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