Date: November 2, 2016
The international community should support Taiwan’s bid for meaningful participation in the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as its exclusion from the U.N. specialized agency is inappropriate and counterproductive, Taipei Mission in Sweden Representative Daniel T. C. Liao said in an opinion piece published Oct. 31 by Swedish daily Nya Wermlands-Tidningen.
Combating climate change, as stated by the UNFCCC, “calls for the widest possible cooperation by all countries,” with Taiwan ready and willing to contribute to the sustainable development of the planet, Liao said. It is important for the country to participate in a meaningful way in the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC Nov. 7-18 in Marrakech, Morocco, he added.
According to Liao, Taiwan has demonstrated its commitment to addressing the single most important issue for the future of humanity by enacting last July the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act, which contains a long-term target of reducing emissions by at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. It is also one of the few countries to have written into law a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [FULL STORY]