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Minister urges Taiwan to take role in fighting climate change

Minister urges Taiwan to take role in fighting climate change

Taiwan's lack of adequate representation in the United Nations prevents the country from participating in international efforts on mitigating climate change, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Elizabeth Chu (朱玉鳳)said in Taipei yesterday.
Speaking at an international forum on climate change, Chu said that "Taiwan's access to international mechanisms to protect our interests and share our experience is very limited."
"Taiwan is willing and able to actively cooperate on such issues that transcend national borders. Nevertheless, Taiwan's lack of proper representation in the United Nations prevents the country from participating in international efforts." she said.
Taiwan is not a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, but it has felt pressure from developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Even though Taiwan is excluded from the Kyoto Protocol and other related international conventions, Chu noted that Taiwan adopted the policy of "voluntary compliance" to environmental agreements.
Taiwan initiated many efforts aimed at helping its allies in the South Pacific to build power plants, utilize renewable energies and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, Chu said, adding that her ministry as well as the Cabinet have stepped up efforts related to international cooperation and participation with a view to contributing more to the international community.


Updated : 2021-04-21 11:19 GMT+08:00