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Activists to promote alternative diplomacy at Earth Summit

2012/06/11 19:35:17

Taipei, June 11 (CNA) A Taiwanese delegation will try to help expand the country's participation in international affairs by promoting "climate diplomacy" during the Earth Summit slated to take place in Brazil later this month, environmentalists said Monday.

The delegates will propose the establishment of a union of non-government organizations around the world to promote more exchanges between Taiwan and the international community, said Wang Chin-shou, director of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union.

The 15-man "green collar" delegation -- a recently coined term for workers in the environmental sector -- plans to introduce Taiwan's efforts in ecological conservation and environmental protection by decorating the Taiwan booth with images of 22 bird species native to the island, Wang said.

The delegation will also launch a "22 Movement" that will designate the 22nd of each month as "Earth Day," which is currently marked only on April 22, Wang added at a news conference to give a briefing on the delegation's major tasks at the summit that will take place June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio+20 summit will focus mainly on the issues of green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, as well as institutional frameworks for sustainable development.

However, the Taiwanese government has narrowed its definition of the green economy down to simply green energy and carbon reduction, which is apparently not in line with the global mainstream, Wang stated. Therefore, the delegation will observe and bring back the experiences of other countries on the topic from the summit to help Taiwan transform itself into a sustainable island.

One of the key issues in terms of green economy is how to spend money in the most beneficial manner, said Chao Chia-wei, executive director of the Green Citizens' Action Alliance. Spending money on nuclear energy and subsidizing petrochemical fuel, as is the case in Taiwan, are wrong directions, according to Chao. Spending on renewable energy, on the other hand, is the way to go, he said.

World leaders, thousands of government and private sector representatives and non-government organizations, will get together at the summit to discuss how to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection, according to the organizers.

(By Chen Hsun-hsieh and Kendra Lin)