The Rio de Janeiro began to be the headquarters, permanently, this Friday, February 1th 2013, the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies (UPADI). The Brazilian Institute of Cost Engineering (IBEC) yielded a space in its national headquarters in Rio de Janeiro (Rua Sete de Setembro, nº 43) to accommodate the new office of the institution. The inauguration of the new headquarters in IBEC had the presence of entities of engineering from member countries of UPADI. The organization that promotes the integration representatives entities of engineering from the Pan American region has 27 member countries.
The Declaration of Madrid which was signed on early March on the occasion of the International Congress on Civil Engineering hosted by Spanish Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos and its twin association, Asociación de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos.
Such statement declares the true commitment of the civil engineering community with the accomplishment of UN's Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the role of civil engineering in this deed.
Such declaration sponsored by the host organizations and the World Council of Civil Engineers was subscribed by 28 national civil engineering organizations as well as by the following international organizations:
- ECCE - European Council of Civil Engineers
- CICPC-CECPC Council of Civil Engineering Associations form Portuguese and Spanish Speaking Countries
- FEANI - European Federation of Engineering Organizations
- UPADI – Pan American Union of Engineering Organizations
This declaration is still open for any other organization that would like to subscribe the commitment stated in the Declaration. The Declaration is available in the following languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese languages.
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.