“Combatting Climate Change, Taiwan Can Help” in COP24


“Combatting Climate Change, Taiwan Can Help” in COP24 on 15 December the two-week-long 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24) concluded in Katowice, Poland. After many lengthy negotiations, over 18,000 attendees agreed upon a rulebook to implement the Paris Agreement. The Executive Yuan’s delegation, led by then Acting EPA Minister Tsai Hung-Teh, held 38 bilateral meetings with diplomatic allies and nations friendly to Taiwan, in addition to sharing experiences on carbon reduction. This demonstrated Taiwan’s determination to combat climate change alongside the international community.

With the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ambassador Wen-Bin Shih of the Taipei Representative Office in Poland, Taiwan’s delegation conducted 38 bilateral meetings with representatives of nations with diplomatic ties and nations friendly to Taiwan. Besides attending 20 of these meetings himself, Acting Minister Tsai had broad and in-depth conversations with the prime minister of Tuvalu, as well as environmental officials, legislators and UN ambassadors of numerous countries.

Moreover, many of Taiwan’s legislators went to Poland for other diplomatic activities. Acting Minister Tsai conducted exclusive interviews with multiple international media outlets, including the Polish Press Agency, Suddeutsche Zeitung, the Economic Times (India), the Voice of Warsaw, and the Solomon Star. 

He elaborated on Taiwan’s carbon reduction work in the transition toward a low-carbon economy as well as Taiwan’s resolve to contribute to the fight against climate change. Taiwan is also willing to share its experiences concerning global environmental issues.

During the convention, Taiwan gave special thanks to nine diplomatic allies--Eswatini, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Nauru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu--for speaking up for Taiwan in meetings of senior officials at COP24. Also, 15 countries with diplomatic ties with Taiwan wrote to the chairman of COP24 and the executive secretary of the UNFCCC to advocate that Taiwan should have concrete participation and not be excluded from UNFCCC events and conventions. In addition, MOFA purchased large advertisements saying “Combatting climate change, Taiwan can help,” on local trams going around the city of Katowice. Working with the Voice of Warsaw, the MOFA presented a special feature and produced a short film, “A Promise to the Land,” which documented a micro solar grid project of the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) in rural Myanmar.

There were diverse voices from different corners of Taiwan inside the venue as well, expressing opinions on the forms of venue stands and in small speeches. They included the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the Taiwan Research Institute (TRI), the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE), the Environmental Quality Protection Foundation (EQPF), the Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service (FTIS), the Taiwan Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization Association (TCCSUA), Mom Loves Taiwan, the Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition (TWYCC), Delta Foundation, and the Taiwan Association of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Development (ASEED). Representatives from Taipei and Tainan also joined up with the above to answer the call of the UNFCCC, bringing the private and civil society sectors together with the central and regional governments in the effort against climate change.

Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 22(1)

Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
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