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2014 Society for Risk Analysis—Asia Conference

Date: August 20, 2014

Venue: Global Lounge, NTU-CPH Building

Dear Conference President Prof. Chang-Chuan Chan, Organizing Committee Chair Prof. Kuen-Yuh Wu, distinguished guests from abroad, members of Society for Risk Analysis, ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to National Taiwan University College of Public Health!

As many of you may have known, about three weeks ago in southern Taiwan, a series of gas explosions occurred in two districts of Kaohsiung following reports of gas leaks on July 31, 2014. Thirty people were killed and more than 300 others were injured.

Five days ago, there was another gas explosion in a high-rise apartment in New Taipei City. Suddenly urban residents in Taiwan are subject to an elevated risk of gas explosion.

This is not a unique problem Taiwanese people are facing. In recent years, many countries in Asia have encountered a variety of natural and man-made disasters. Because of a high population density and a lack of well-designed urban plan, the consequences of these disasters tend to cause substantial damage. Thus, how to conduct good risk governance, which is the main theme of this conference, is becoming an urgent issue.

NTU is the oldest and comprehensive university in this country. The college is honored to have the chance to host this timely conference. In this newly renovated global lunge, I hope all the participants can get to know each other better and come up with better ideas of risk governance through the conference starting from tomorrow. In addition to scientific exchange, I recommend our guests to take this opportunity to explore our culture. For example, in the coming Friday afternoon, we will hold a universal salvation rite for the Ghost Day Festival in this building. That is our traditional way of risk governance.  

Let me welcome you again and wish all of you will have a wonderful conference.