The ROC is deeply concerned with global negotiations on climate change issues, and will respond to related developments in a timely manner, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 16.
“Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the country is committed to joining international efforts and implementing green policy measures to help combat this global challenge,” MOFA said.
The ministry made the remarks in a statement highlighting Taiwan’s participation in the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC concluded Dec. 14 in Lima, Peru.
According to MOFA, Taiwan was represented by a 48-member delegation comprising representatives from academia, the business sector and various relevant government agencies, such as the Council of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Administration and MOFA.
During the event’s two-week run, the delegation held 26 bilateral meetings with counterparts from around the world to discuss energy and technology policies.
To underscore Taiwan’s bid for greater participation in global activities, five ROC legislators met with their counterparts from Peru and Luxembourg. They also brought other participants up to speed on the development of Taiwan’s solar energy industry in a Dec. 5 roundtable meeting held alongside the event.
An exhibition booth on climate action incubation methods for island countries was also set up, complementing delegates’ efforts.
The Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service, Industrial Technology Research Institute and Environmental Quality Protection Foundation separately arranged three meetings with the governments of the Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Belize, respectively.
MOFA also expressed appreciation to the 19 ROC diplomatic partners that voiced support this year for Taiwan’s greater involvement in the U.N. body, including El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Palau, Swaziland and Tuvalu. (SFC-GW)
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