Welcome to Austria, Europe
As Federal President of the Republic of Austria I have accepted with
pleasure the patronage of the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and
Safety Promotion to be held in 2004 in Vienna.
For many years I have followed attentively the international scientific
activities in this field, which are also reflected in meetings and
congresses in Austria. And I am glad that the relevant issue of risk and
injury prevention will be discussed in Vienna.
Our modern world, which through communication and technology - has made
life much easier for us, has unfortunately also lead to a multiplication
of the risks and threats with which we have to live, a fact too little
noticed and inadequately investigated so far.
It has thus also become increasingly necessary to analyse the wide realm
that has opened itself in the field of risk prevention.
I hope that the result of this World Conference will contribute to making
questions of safety and injury prevention a central issue, thus reducing
the risks faced by human beings.
Welcome to Vienna in 2004!
Dr. Thomas Klestil
Honorary Chair of Conference