The 9th General Assembly of the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE), a UN- Water partner, took place in Lisbon from 21- 25 November 2014, hosted by Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal on the occasion of an international workshop on Heritage Building restoration at the same venue. The attendance to WCCE activities by our Portuguese counterparts and WCCE delegates was very high and enriched our activities with their expertise.
Building Rehabilitation is one of the bigger challenges to be addressed by all historical urban centres and consolidated urban areas world wide. Due to this, urban rehabilitation has become a relevant economic, social, cultural and environmental issue nowadays. Public impetus is essential for promoting large urban rehabilitation projects, engaging stakeholders for the improvement of life quality and tourism attraction of such urban centres.
On the occasion of WCCE’s General Assembly, ORDEM will hold an international workshop on Heritage Building restoration at the same venue on November 24th , 16:00h
The ’Water for Life’ Decade ends in 2015. The Decade has seen the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water well in advance of the 2015 deadline.
To celebrate the end of the Decade, the United Nations Headquarters in New York will welcome these global voices. Taking place on World Water Day, 22 March 2015, an exhibition is planned to reflect on the successes of the ’Water for Life’ Decade, especially in relation to the Millennium Development Goals, while also looking to the post-2015 development agenda. Your voices will speak directly to UN delegates and guests. We’d like as many voices as possible to reach the delegates who will attend World Water Day in New York! We would be grateful if you could also help us publicise this campaign and bring together the voices of all those who do not have access to the web.
Civil Engineer Jose Espinosa, has taken over the presidency of the Colegio Dominicano de Ingenieros, Arquitectos y Agrimensores last August 14th. He will hold office for the period 2014-2015, succeeding Architect Iridio Santos. Formerly, he was Secretary General in Mr Santos Executive Board.
From WCCE we congratulate him for his presidency and encourage him to contribute to our community.