Taiwan plans to propose a "Green APEC Opportunity Initiative" during the APEC summit next month, as climate change has become an issue that cannot be ignored.
Taiwan will propose creating a platform for APEC member countries to exchange information concerning environmental problems and conservation, Liang Yung-fang (
Creating such a platform would help increase awareness of the urgency of the situation and information exchange on "green" production and consumption, as well as nature conservation measures and other forms of cutting down pollution, Liang said.
To provide such a platform, Taiwan plans to host a "Green APEC Workshop" and "Green APEC Clean Development Exhibition" next year, he said.
The host of next month's APEC summit, Australia, has proposed the environment be placed high on the organization's agenda.
The Australian government said earlier that it would promote environmental issues as much as possible within APEC.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard said in June that he hoped APEC leaders would set up a framework of post-Kyoto Protocol environmental goals.
The "Green APEC Opportunity Initiative" follows another major project proposed by Taiwan in 2003, the "APEC Digital Opportunity Center" (ADOC) -- a computer initiative intended to eliminate digital disparity among member countries.
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