The United Nations has congratulated Engineers Australia for declaring 2011 the Year of Humanitarian Engineering.
The under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator Baroness Valerie Amos has conveyed her thanks in a letter to the national president Merv Lindsay and members.
“I am sure that the need for engineering skills will rise in the near future and it would be useful to hear from your members ways in which they might contribute to the response to humanitarian crises and natural disasters around the world. One way is through RedR Australia, who make excellent field contributors to UN agencies responding to crises, including the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,” she wrote.
Until August, Amos was the UK’s High Commissioner to Australia. She has also served as leader of the House of Lords and secretary for international development. She is the first black woman to be named a cabinet minister in the UK.
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