EPA head barred from summit

‘BLIND SPOT’:A delegation from the Belgian parliament visited the EPA, after which the head issued a statement supporting Taiwan in the fight against climate change

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 14, 2017
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter, with CNA, BONN, Germany

Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) was not

Delegates attend a session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Friday in Bonn, Germany.  Photo: CNA

able to attend a climate change conference in Germany on Sunday due to objections from China.

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being held at the UNFCCC Secretariat headquarters in Bonn, Germany, from Monday last week to Friday.

Although the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made advance arrangements for a Taiwanese delegation headed by Lee to attend the meetings, Lee was not allowed to enter the venue.

“Taiwan hopes to reach out to the world and hold dialogue with other nations,” Lee told the Central News Agency. “It is the world’s responsibility to have Taiwan take part in [these] meetings, because the existence of Taiwan’s 23 million people is an irrefutable reality.”    [FULL  STORY]

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