It's good to see that on 3 June ICE will be staging a public inquiry into the role of engineering in delivering the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to halve poverty by 2015 (NCE 5 May).
As mentioned before (Good UN, NCE 28 April), civil engineering infrastructure will play a fundamental part in achieving the MDGs.
ICE members provide infrastructure, and I suggest that the inquiry be aimed at committing members worldwide in a defined, professional role aimed at achieving the MDGs.
It will be one of the biggest projects ever, and input from the Institution of Project Managers would also be valuable.
Can I suggest too, that the major participants are involved- Is it too late to invite representatives of the recipients- - the Nobel Prize winning tree planting lady from Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai, perhaps; and the deliverers, ICE international members, the UN (Prof Jeffrey Sachs), DFID (Hilary Benn) and the World Bank.
It would be great if 3 June 2005 at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, came to be remembered by future generations as the time and place where the achievement of the MDGs commenced.
Rodney Bridle, 91B High Street, Amersham HP7 0DT