air quality is a key issue in
If we are to succeed, an important element is to continue
to build the skills and expertise for sustainable development.
At the higher level, we should encourage the development
of human capital through our universitiesˇ¦ programmes in
public health, urban planning, environmental sciences,
meteorology, chemistry, engineering, energy, transportation,
manufacturing, architecture, building services, information
technology and instrumentation, and public policy.
This is also an area where cross-border cooperation could
be potentially most fruitful.
At the public policy level, strong subject matter
expertise should increasingly become a necessary qualification
for the top government appointees in the various policy areas
that impact on sustainability.
For the general public, the green groups have already
done much work in creating awareness.
As pollution abatement now cuts across many policy areas
that impact on peopleˇ¦s lives (e.g. health, transport, energy,
planning, business, etc.), the public campaign should now
transcend the interest of any sector or group to be a
The government, through the Environment and Conservation
Fund, will have a useful coordinating role in various programmes
in public education targeted at different segments of the