Why Taiwan’s inclusion in the UNFCCC is important
H.E. Michael Chau-Horng Lin, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis
As the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place this year in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, some might notice that Taiwan, the world’s 21st largest economy, has long been excluded from international organizations and unable to participate substantively in global discussion pertaining to climate change issues, due to solely political reasons.
Being excluded makes it difficult for Taiwan to contribute to the climate related discussions, exchange experiences, or implement climate actions accordingly, resulting in disconcerting loopholes in combating global climate change.
Despite its exclusion, Taiwan has been exerting great efforts to do its part on climate actions. To achieve it’s goal of net-zero emission by 2050, Taiwan is actively implementing energy, industrial, lifestyle and social transition strategies, and has been dedicated to share with the world its technologies, experience and resources regarding climate actions such as disaster prevention capabilities enhancement, energy efficiency, agricultural resilience, carbon-neutral tourism and green finance.
Climate change is an unprecedented challenge faced by all, and, as a responsible stakeholder in the international community, Taiwan is willing and committed to make substantial contributions.
In collaboration with our international partners such as St. Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan will continue in the endeavors to respond to climate issues and to jointly achieve net-zero emission transition, and we call on the international community to take action to support Taiwan’s pragmatic and meaningful participation in the UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement, and associate mechanisms, as we create a net-zero emission future together.