United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Science & Technology

Statement by Scientific and Technological Communities (5 May 2006)
Let me refer to the issue of Mobility of Engineers, a mechanism that is closely related to regional
capacity building. Programs are under way to allow engineers chartered in a given country to
practice professionally in another country, of course, under appropriate institutional agreements.
Developed countries in Europe and in the Pacific-North American region have already adopted
programs of this type. Also, the countries of the American Hemisphere are developing a program
to create the so-called "Engineer of the Americas". These activities and examples could be
considered or followed in other developing regions of the world to compensate for the lack of
sufficient competent manpower and expertise needed to improve and update technologies that
were imported by countries of such developing regions. This lack of manpower and expertise
was an obstacle or constraint repeatedly stressed in several occasions during this week's meetings.