A campaign to place economic sustainability under the political spotlight and to exert pressure on the Commonwealth to take a leading role was given a boost last week.
Commonwealth ministers, bankers and industrialists were told at a pre-summit gathering in London that the role of the engineer was crucial to the eradication of world-wide poverty.
At the first ever Commonwealth Business Forum, held on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Goverment Meeting, Dato’Ir Lee Yee Cheong, chairman of the Commonwealth Engineer’s Council, said that science, engineering and technology were key to transforming scientific concepts into technological reality.
The CEC is the umbrella body of all the national institutions or societies of engineers in the Commonwealth. Its action plan for sustainability which centres on provision of proper physical infrastructure and the nurturing of a stable social environment would require massive funding, said Lee. Such funding will only come from the expansion in trade, investment and development that it will make possible.
The promotion of sustainability needs a network said Lee and the Commonwealth, despite all its faults, was, he claimed, less politically riven than the UN.
Lee hopes constant pressure on governments will lead to the creation of a Commonwealth body formed to direct efforts on sustainability, and designed to actually get something off the ground.