Shanghai Declaration: World Engineers’ Convention 2004 – Engineers Shape the Sustainable Future


Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) – Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).


  • “Engineering and technology are vitally important in addressing poverty reduction, sustainable development and the other UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs / SDGs), and need to be recognised as such.”
  • “The duty of engineers is to build a better life for society. To this end, engineers should dedicate themselves to developing a better world.”
  • “Engineers should be aware of the need to achieve a balance between resource use and the needs of future generations, maintaining the environment and ecosystems.”
  • “Governments need to recognise and reinforce the role of engineering in social and economic development.”
  • “Governments also need to promote public and private support for engineering education and capacity building.”
  • “Engineers should take greater responsibility for shaping the sustainable future. Engineers should also create and apply technology to minimise the waste of resources, reduce pollution and protect the human health and well-being and the ecological environment.”
  • “Engineers should be clearly aware of the importance of interdisciplinary co-operation. We need to promote co-operation within the profession and also with natural and social scientists and the public.”
  • “Curricular and pedagogical reform in engineering education and continuous professional development to encompass wider social and ethical concerns are needed. This will enhance the attractiveness of engineering to young people. We need to promote and support young engineers.”
  • “Promoting the participation of women and addressing gender issues in engineering is crucial for the sustainability of the engineering community.”
  • “There are excessive disparities between people and countries. This can lead to increasing insecurity and conflict. International co-operation in engineering facilitates the exchange of knowledge and promotes technological applications for health, wealth and well-being, poverty reduction and the culture of peace.”


The principles of honesty, equity, freedom from bribery, corruption and fraud, on which engineering codes are based, should be emphasised. High standards in all aspects of engineering practice should be maintained worldwide, and ongoing debate about engineering ethics should be strongly fostered towards the aim of adoption of codes of conduct by all engineers and engineering bodies.


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