With over 3,500 delegates from 82 countries alongside 18 government delegations listening to 200 speakers, the President of Institution of Civil Engineers, Professor Lord Robert Mair declared this as the start of a movement, not the end. From the UN Secretary General’s opening statements to the very last panel debate, this 200th Anniversary of the Global Engineering Congress generated vision, commitment and a willingness across the global engineering profession to work together to transform infrastructure and lives in a manner very different from what has been previously witnessed. The Congress demonstrated the urgency of WHY and the importance HOW engineering can address the challenges of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
UKBCSD is proud to have supported and participated in the largest event held in the UK, by a professional body, with sustainable development being its sole theme. Rightly, this event was about doing not talking. The ambition of today’s global practitioners, being harnessed to develop the actions and promoting the behaviours to become tomorrow’s sustainability leaders was evident throughout the week of events. We look forward to announcing further partnering with the Institution and its network, to demonstrate that sustainable development solutions, for society’s future enviro-economic welfare, is a goal worth pursuing by us all.