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Just like my country, Republic of China (Taiwan), St. Vincent and the Grenadines is also an island country vulnerable to climate change.

I am pleased to have witnessed the ceremony on Oct. 24 to kick off a programme “Resilient Livelihoods: Supporting Youth and Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with members of Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves and Minister of Youth Frederick Stephenson. The programme is aimed to enhance this country’s capacity on disaster response and climate change adaptation.

In addition to bilateral cooperation on sustainable development with Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, Taiwan is willing to engage more in multilateral cooperation as a responsible member of  the global village. We have done our utmost to take practical steps that reflect the initiatives and efforts of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For instance, by applying the concept of “urban mining“, we transform waste into resource by encouraging people to recycle and reuse. It will reduce carbon emissions and convert Taiwan to a low-carbon economy.

We laud Hon. Camillo Gonsalves’ speech on Sept. 29 at the 69th UN General Assembly by highlighting that the prestige and legitimacy of the UN can be further enhanced through further acceptance of the reasonable calls for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the specialized agencies of the UN. As the 20th yearly session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to UNFCCC will take place in Lima, Peru on Dec. 1 to 12, indeed, the time has now come for Taiwan to be integrated into the work of UNFCCC.

As the 27th largest economy and 18th largest trading nation in the world, Taiwan’s participation would enable us to do our bit by sharing our experience in environmental protection with the international community and other countries in need, thereby integrating Taiwan’s strengths into global climate action.

We are very appreciative of our friends’ support and look forward to working with partners under UNFCCC in order to secure a better and sustainable environment for the world.

Sincerely Yours,

Baushuan Ger

Ambassador

Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

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