The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development

A Declaration of the

Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences

CAETS

June 21, 1995

Kiruna, Sweden



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The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development A Declaration of the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences CAETS June 21, 1995 Kiruna, Sweden

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The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 306 Washington, D.C. 20418 U.S.A. Telephone 1 202 334-3603 Telefax 1 202 334-2290

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The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development Preface The Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) was founded in 1978 and presently consists of 14 national academies. These academies represent the engineering and technological leadership in their respective countries. The Council agreed to the enclosed declaration on the important role of technology in a sustainable future for humanity at its biennial Convocation in Kiruna, Sweden, in June 1995. The theme of the conference was “Creating Wealth in Harmony with the Environment—the Role of Engineers and their Academies”. The Council recognizes that many factors impinge on efforts to achieve sustainability. These include continuing population growth; the desire for improved quality of life; the need to eliminate poverty; and the desire for the economic benefits of industrialization. The Council 's declaration focuses on the critical role of technology in assisting society to achieve environmentally sustainable economic growth. One of the major aims of CAETS is to promote the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and the advancement of new technologies, including those for sustainable development. One purpose of this declaration is to communicate the importance of engineering and technology to national and international organizations, including governments. It is also intended to make them aware of the intellectual resources of the world's engineering community, as represented by CAETS and its members, resources that could be made available both to help solve

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The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development problems and to indicate the direction that should be taken to address society's needs. The declaration is also intended to communicate to colleagues in science and engineering throughout the world our views on technology and sustainable development.

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The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development Approved by the Governing Board of CAETS in Kiruna, Sweden, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Belgian Royal Academy Council of Applied Sciences Canadian Academy of Engineering Danish Academy of Technical Sciences Finnish Academies of Technology Council on Applications of the Academy of Sciences of France Engineering Academy of Japan Mexican Academies of Engineering Netherlands Society of Technological Sciences and Engineering Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences The Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom National Academy of Engineering, United States

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