Taiwan firm on U.N. climate conference bid after ICAO denial

Taiwan will take part in a United Nations climate conference in November as in previous years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday, after Taiwan was not able to take part in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) general assembly.

Taiwan will be represented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting by the government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), according to the ministry.

The ITRI has attended the meeting as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in recent years.

Taiwan should not be excluded from the global action against climate change because the country has a legitimate right to contribute to the issue, which matters to all of mankind, the ministry said.

Taiwan has been making an effort to combat global warming, including passing the Greenhouse Gases Reduction and Management Act in June 2015.

In September 2015, Taiwan also announced its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), which aims at cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2050, the ministry said.

Prior to that, Taiwan plans to cut its green house gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to its INDC.

The ministry's remarks came amid a cooling in cross-strait relations, evident since the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took power in May.

China has cut off dialogue with Taiwan over the DPP government's refusal to accept the "1992 consensus" that was at the foundation of ties between the previous Kuomintang government and Beijing.

Most recently, Taiwan was not invited to attend the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) general assembly currently taking place in Montreal because of China's objections.

The UNFCCC COP22 will take place between Nov. 7 and 18 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel