A PUBLIC inquiry is to be staged early next month into the role of engineering in delivering the Millennium Development Goals signed up to by United Nations member countries in 2000.
The free, ticketed event is aimed at development professionals involved in finance, strategy, advocacy, engineering, and in project delivery.
ICE president Colin Clinton will chair the day long examination on 3 June, which is being organised by the ICE's Presidential Commission, Engineering Without Frontiers.
It will set out to establish how engineers can help with task of scaling up development activities and speeding the delivery of projects.
It will ask how engineers can be prompted to action, and seek to identify and create appropriate vehicles for the delivery of projects.
And it will promote adoption of Engineering Without Frontiers' principles for sustainable development (NCE 3 March).
The session is to be run along the lines of a House of Commons select committee inquiry, subjecting expert witnesses to rigorous crossexamination.
Findings of the inquiry will be reported to the government as it prepares to host the next G8 Summit, later this year.
Speakers include ICE vice president and professor of sustainable engineering at Herriott Watt University Paul Jowitt, Cambridge University professor of sustainable engineering Peter Guthrie, UNESCO programme specialist for development engineering Tony Marjoram, Buro Happold chairman Rod MacDonald and Engineers Against Poverty director Peter Matthews.
A taster of what is to be tackled on 3 June is on offer on 11 May. Jowitt will talk about the Presidential Commission's role and work at a session organised by the ICE's Appropriate Development Panel.
Millennium Development Goals: Delivery, will take place at the ICE on 3 June, 9.30am4.30pm. To reserve a place email: engineering-withoutfrontiers@sistech. co. uk. Introduction to Engineering Without Frontiers is at the ICE, 5.30pm for 6.00 on 11 May. Contact Ruth Dennett, (020) 7665 2154, email: Ruth.Dennett@ice. org. uk