WELCOME TO THE 8th WORLD CONGRESS OF METROPOLIS
11th - 15th May 2005, Hotel InterContinental, Berlin
Greeting from the Governing Mayor of Berlin,
Cities are seismographs for societal trends. While the problems of the
future appear earlier in metropolises than elsewhere, large cities also
often serve as laboratories for new solutions, as well as being places
in which the willingness and the courage to make changes develop
I am delighted that the 8th Metropolis World Congress will be
taking place in Berlin in May 2005. Berlin is the ideal venue for a
discussion with representatives of the world's metropolises on the topic
of "Tradition and Transformation - The Future of the City."
History is alive in Berlin. At the same time, the city is on the move.
The face of the city has undergone great changes in the years since
German reunification. As Germany's capital, it has once again become
the seat of parliament and the government. Entire districts have been
created. New companies have invested in Berlin and are shaping its
transformation from a traditional industrial city to a metropolis
characterized more and more by service providers.
Berlin is an exciting cultural metropolis whose openness has great
appeal especially for young people from all over the world. Europe's
unification is moving Berlin to the heart of the continent, and its
advantageous geographic location opens up a wide range of possibilities -
especially in a city in which thousands of people speak the languages
of our Central and Eastern European neighbours.
The Metropolis 2005 congress offers all of us the opportunity to explore
solutions to some of the fundamental problems of today's large cities.
These range from economic challenges to approaches to stabilizing
disadvantaged neighbourhoods, the active protection of the environment,
and ways of dealing with the increase in the volume of traffic.
Metropolis 2005 will be an excellent platform for an exchange of
experiences regarding the sustainable development of metropolitan areas.
At the same time, the congress will offer a wide variety of
opportunities to establish business contacts.
As the saying goes, "Berlin is always worth a trip!" With this in mind, I look forward to welcoming you to Berlin in 2005!