Engineer's Petition to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, its member societies, and all engineering societies everywhere.
The Engineering profession serves humanity by applying laws of math and discoveries of science to the universe's natural resources for the betterment of mankind. By its Code of Ethics, Engineers "shall hold paramount the public health, safety and welfare in the performance of professional duty." The profession's 20 million degreed members collectively hold the welfare of civilization and much of the natural environment in their hands.
The US President and Congress have declared that genocide is occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan. The International Criminal Court has indicted the President of Sudan for war crimes. The UN Security Council has condemned it, as has the African Union. This genocide poses challenges to the engineering profession, given the role of the oil of Sudan in the geopolitical dynamics in Darfur.
Genocide, as has been happening in the Darfur region of Sudan, is a challenge to all humanity and human institutions. This particularly includes the engineering profession, given the role of oil in the geopolitical dynamics in Darfur. Oil has played a central role to many major accomplishments of the engineering profession in the past 150 years - the National Academy of Engineering's list of the top 20 engineering achievements of the 20th Century includes petroleum and petroleum technologies, automobile, airplane, and highways.
It is an affront to the ultimate value of the engineering profession - to "hold paramount the public health and safety" - that the valuable resource of oil in Sudan does not benefit the health and safety of the people of Darfur, but instead helps fund their suffering and destruction.
"As a degreed or student member of the engineering profession, I respectfully call upon the leaders of WFEO and other Engineering Societies, around the world, to apply the Code of Ethics for Engineers, the values which define our profession to the situation in Darfur, and resolve the following:
1) As an organization, we join the Save Darfur Coalition to call upon the UN, the US, and other members of the international community to take action to stop the Darfur genocide and restore peace to the region.
2) We call upon Engineers, particularly those who belong to our member organizations, to consider all action they can take to avoid involvement with projects in Sudan that counter the mission of the profession and fuel the genocide in Darfur.
3) We give encouragement to those who are using Engineering to help the people of Darfur, such as providing services to the refugee camps, medical professions, and those who are working to bring peace to the region."