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Good UN

Letters

Antony Oliver's column (NCE last week) reminds us of our professional obligations to provide sustainable infrastructure to societies everywhere. With the present ICE emphasis on improving services to members, are we thinking too much about ourselves and neglecting those obligations?

We make amends.

Inspiring writing by Jeffrey Sachs, special economic adviser to the UN, in his book The End of Poverty makes it clear that not only are the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to halve poverty by 2015 achievable, but also that all poverty will be eliminated by 2025.

Achievement of these goals depends to a great extent on the provision of infrastructure.

Jeff Sachs is a great povertybusting economist, but naturally not so strong on infrastructure provision.

Civil engineers could make better use of the funds that Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the G8 will be providing.

I challenge the profession to work with the UN to achieve the elimination of ALL poverty by 2015, ten years ahead of schedule.

I see our most capable civil engineers being released on secondment to the MDG project to join the global effort to provide the infrastructure that will lift people onto the ladder of economic development.

Volunteers, articipants and sponsors, from our best infrastructure organisations, are urgently wanted: Only true professionals need apply.

Rodney Bridle, 91B High Street, Amersham HP7 0DT

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