EPA asked to keep up with climate change standards

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Dec 22, 2012 - Page 4

Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) on Thursday asked the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to closely follow the conclusions of international meetings on climate change to help Taiwan design a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The premier made the request after the EPA gave a report on its participation in the 18th session of the conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the conference of the parties serving as the meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar.

The Taiwanese delegation to the conferences, which were held from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8, was led by Environmental Protection Administration Deputy Minister Yeh Shin-cheng (葉欣誠).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a Taiwanese elected to a youth body of the UNFCCC was doing the right thing by seeking to correct a denigrating designation of his country.

The ministry was referring to Chang Liang-yi (張良伊), who said he was identified as a citizen of “Taiwan, Province of China” on the ballot for election as a focal point for YOUNGO, the official youth constituency of the UNFCCC. Chang was the first young person from Taiwan to be elected to the youth group.

“If Chang encounters any difficulty in correcting the name, the ministry will provide further assistance,” ministry spokesperson Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said.

Chang on Wednesday said that he would give up the youth liaison post if the name of his country is not corrected to read “Taiwan (Republic of China)” before the handover ceremony on Jan. 15.

David Liang (梁光中), deputy head of the ministry’s Department of Treaty and Legal Affairs, said the ministry would help civil groups to participate in international affairs, but will not tolerate actions that hurt the nation’s sovereignty status.