Taiwan chases global support for climate bid

CLIMATE CONSCIOUS::The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that Taiwan would be of help to global society if it could participate in international climate efforts

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer

Sun, Nov 25, 2012 - Page 3

Taiwan will seek the support of the international media, as well as post advertisements at major US and European airports, calling on the international community to back Taiwan’s bid to join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

With the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP-18) scheduled to run from tomorrow to Dec. 7 in Doha, Qatar, the ministry said it would place ads in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Bloomburg Businessweek and other well-known print media, and put up posters at JFK Airport in New York, Heathrow International Airport in London and the Frankfurt International Airport in Germany.

Taiwan has sought to participate in meaningful UN organizations since September 2009 and joining the UNFCCC is one of the government’s primary goals, the ministry said.

Climate change has caused a great impact on the environment and no country should be left out, the ministry said, adding that Taiwan has contributed greatly to the reduction of carbon emissions and to other environmental protection issues.

Taiwan would be of great help to the international community if it could participate in the UNFCCC, the ministry said.

The aim of the ads is to send out the message that everyone must stand together in the face of disasters and challenges, the ministry said.

Taiwan is prepared, willing and capable of shouldering the responsibility with other countries to confront climate change, it said.

The nation will also seek to lobby international media outlets, as well as international friends, for their support of Taiwan joining the UNFCCC Initiatives, the ministry said, adding that it has invited a group of 18 reporters from International Environmental Reporters to visit.

“We have invited them to see our achievements in green energy, environmental protection and sustainability,” in hopes of increasing Taiwan’s visibility on the international stage and garnering more support for the nation’s formal participation in the initiatives, the ministry said.