Government calls for UNFCCC participation to jointly deal with climate change
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan is calling on support from the international community on its efforts to gain admission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as an observer so that the nation can contribute to climate change dialogue on the global stage, government officials said yesterday.
August 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
“As a stakeholder in the international community, Taiwan also shares the responsibility to solving climate change issues,” Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko told at a UNFCCC NGO Forum in Taipei yesterday.
Since 2009, the government has been pushing for meaningful participation in the UNFCCC as an observer.
Though the nation has yet to achieve the goal, Taiwan's NGOs have already been playing an important role in combating global warming on the world stage for years.
“Taiwan's voice both from the government section and from nongovernmental organizations has to be heard around the world,” he noted.
In the past, the U.S. government, the European Parliament and several diplomatic partners have expressed their support for Taiwan's UNFCCC campaign, Ko noted.
The country will continue to rally support to its UNFCCC bid so that the country can share its experience and efforts on climate change issues on the world stage, the deputy minister said.
Speaking during the same occasion, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏) said Taiwan has been actively launching a series of long-term carbon reduction policies over the past years as part of its ongoing efforts moving toward a low-carbon nation.
He noted that climate change is a cross-border issue and therefore needs cross-border cooperation to jointly dealt with the problem.
It is important for Taiwan's NGOs to participate in the UNFCCC so that the nation can play an important role in the international climate change sphere.
The one-day UNFCCC NGO Forum organized by the Foreign Ministry and EPA was held to exchange views between foreign experts and local NGOs on how to enhance Taiwanese NGOs engagement in the UNFCCC.
The forum is part of the government efforts to increase Taiwanese people's awareness of climate change and gain publicity for the country in its pursuit of meaningful participation in the framework, according to the foreign ministry.
NGOs' Participation Important: Expert
As a keynote speaker during yesterday's forum, Marilyn Averill, chair of the UNFCCC NGO Research and Independent Non-governmental Organizations (RINGO) Constituency Steering Committee, pointed out the importance for civil society's engagement in dealing with climate change issues.
“Bringing civil society to the discussion will allow different voices to be heard on dealing with climate change issues and bring diverse perspectives for healthy debate,” she noted.