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Civic groups urged to plug themselves into global alliances

GET CONNECTED A senior official pushed the nation's civic groups to build links for the sake of increasing the nation's international space

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Civic groups in Taiwan should actively take part in international alliances for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to expand the country's presence in the international community, a senior official said on Friday.

Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission Deputy Minister Maysing Yang (楊黃美幸) made the remarks while attending a meeting of the Democracy Coalition Project -- a NGO promoting democracy and human rights -- in New York. Yang was participating in her capacity as vice president of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD).

Stressing that it is very meaningful for Taiwan to take part in such activities, Yang noted that when the 61st session of the UN General Assembly opened on Sept. 12, the TFD signed a statement with NGOs from other countries urging the UN Democracy Caucus to strengthen the UN's function in promoting democracy and human rights.

Taiwan had also taken part in the launch of the Community of Democracies in June 2000 in Warsaw, Poland, Yang said.

During a meeting of the Community of Democracies held earlier this month in New York, a proposal for the group to meet in Taipei in January also won the support of participants, Yang said.

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