Engineering for sustainable development - Institution of Civil Engineers

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22 – 26 OCTOBER 2018 Mobilising the global engineering community to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

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ICE.ORG.UK/CONGRESS

Engineering for sustainable development

Foreword

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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PRESIDENT World Federation of Engineering Organisations

The congress fittingly addresses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to water, energy, innovation, sustainable cities and climate change but we are also discussing the need for a more diverse profession and education for the engineers of our future. I am looking to maximise the many unique opportunities for discourse and decision-making and to develop plans for addressing the challenges we face through engineering. GEC2018 is an opportunity to celebrate but also to look ahead, to plan for a sustainable future and to create a better world.

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We will provide leadership and advocacy; nurture collaboration; build capacities, knowledge and skills; and share our stories.

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Through their role in the infrastructure life cycle, engineers are at the front line of ensuring this sustainable development agenda. Despite the magnitude and complexity of this challenge, the engineering community is well placed to lead on the solution, helping to ensure a sustainable future for all.

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The SDGs were developed to address these challenges. They set out a ‘bold and transformative plan of action which could shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path, leaving no one behind.’ Using the SDGs as our framework, and the GEC as our launchpad, we intend to bring about transformative change in the way that infrastructure is designed, built and maintained.

Underpinning many of societies’ critical functions, infrastructure systems form a key determinant of future development. Energy, water and waste systems provide essential services to support healthy, productive and enriched lives while managing our environmental footprint. Transportation and digital communications systems are essential for enabling access to resources, education, work, culture and participation in governmental decision-making. The estimated $97 trillion of investment in infrastructure that is required globally by 20402, represents a massive opportunity to achieve meaningful progress. Rapid urbanisation, demographic ECOSYS TE M S | N UTR ITIO CE | I and climate change are placing unprecedented stresses T N US J B | A L E DEV IN on our already ageing infrastructure systems, G U S TA E LO S N = I PM restricting and curtailing development. The long TY EN US RI O T E life-spans and hi