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BIE hopes fair 'awakens'

INTERNATIONAL Exhibitions Bureau President Jean-Pierre Lafon said yesterday he hoped the Shanghai World Expo would contribute to a "social awakening" so that cities may become more sustainable, fairer, safer and more harmonious.

In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo, Lafon said "Better City, Better Life," the chosen theme of the world event, must drive people to improve the quality of life in both developing and developed countries, because the majority of the world's population now lives in cities.

He said the Expo will show the emergence of China at the beginning of the 21st century.

It will "allow the world to form a source of comparison and dialogue" through the presence of the pavilions, he said.

And for the first time in a World Expo, Lafon noted, cities and regions of the world will show their best practices.

He said participants had made the World Expo "truly planetary" through the broadcasting of images and forums thanks to the technological progress of today's communication.


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