於：THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR
|I wish to thank the organisers for inviting me to declare open this conference. It is indeed a great honour that the first POLMET conference to be held in the new millennium is taking place in Kuala Lumpur. It is also very timely.
2. Urbanisation is taking place at a very rapid rate in Asia, as its city and town populations continue to grow. The region already has the largest population in the world, and about 700 million people now living in cities and towns. By year 2015, it is estimated that the region will have more than one billion people living in cities. There will be nine megacities with populations of more than 10 million and 17 very large cities with populations of more than five million. Economically and environmentally sustainable urban development in Asia is therefore a pressing need to ensure a safe, healthy, convenient and pleasant environment for its growing urban population. 続きを読む マハティール首相「THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF POLMET 2000」