Focus at Ecobuild on UN sustainable development goals we can deliver

Over 18 hours of presentations and debates centred on the 5 goals where civil engineers can make the most impact.

ICE VP, Learned Society Ed McCann: panel discussion on innovation
ICE VP, Learned Society Ed McCann: panel discussion on innovation
ICE’s 3 day seminar at Ecobuild brought professionals from across the built environment industry together to hear about the issues facing the sector.

This year ICE showcased the work that industry is doing to help achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The programme included over 18 hours of thought leadership, expert presentations and debate centred on the 5 goals where civil engineers can make the most impact – clean water, sanitation, energy, infrastructure and climate.

Audiences heard from over 41 expert speakers across 18 seminar sessions, and 6 panel discussions at the three day event.

Also announced at Ecobuild: ICE's Global Engineering Congress in London in October this year. As the world’s oldest professional engineering body, ICE will facilitate a global debate, bringing together engineers from over 150 countries to determine how to make delivery of the UN  goals a reality.

Over the next 2 years ICE wants to build a practical plan that allows the global engineering profession collectively to turn words into action. The congress will focus on how engineers can improve the lives of the billions of people around the world who still face a myriad of challenges including water poverty, slum accommodation and poor health - and who deserve better in the 21st century.

Over a 100 visitors offered suggestions as to how engineers can help tackle the UNSDGs and a poll on sustainable cities and communities, asked  ‘Which solution will most help make cities and communities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?’

The most popular answer from options which included zero waste, digital infrastructure and clean energy was 'better collaboration'.

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