Date: October 18, 2016
Environmental Protection Administration Minister Lee Ying-yuan published an op-ed in media outlets
around the world Oct. 13-16 highlighting Taiwan’s efforts to tackle global warming and calling on the international community to support its meaningful participation in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Titled “Taiwan seeks to join fight against global warming,” Lee’s article was carried or reported on by several newspapers in the Philippines including The Manila Times. It was also run by media outlets in New Zealand, Palau, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Solomon Islands.
“As a member of the international community, Taiwan cannot be a mere spectator to this problem and must come up with feasible solutions to live up to the name of Formosa, ‘beautiful island,’” the minister wrote.
Lee cited the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act, which was passed by the Legislative Yuan and took effect in July 2015, as a major example of the nation’s measures to address climate change. “Taiwan is among only a few countries in the world that have written into law a target for reducing greenhouse emissions,” he continued.
Highlighting the government’s efforts to promote renewable energy and the circular economy, the minister expressed Taiwan’s desire to work with friendly nations on fostering sustainable growth. “We are willing to share our environmental protection experiences and contribute to international efforts.”. [FULL STORY]