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U.K. officials voice support for Taiwan's UNFCCC bid

2018/12/01 14:49:55

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London, Dec. 1 (CNA) Two top government officials from the United Kingdom showed their support for Taiwan's bid to participate as an observer in the upcoming conference planned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Both Claire Perry, minister of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Mike Field, minister of state for Asia and the Pacific, showed their support for Taiwan's participation in the UNFCCC to make the country's contribution to the global climate change issue.

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, or COP24, is scheduled to be held in Katowice, Poland Dec. 2-14. The UNFCCC is an international treaty aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations and preventing their interference with the global climate system.

Since 2009, Taiwan has been lobbying to be included in the UNFCCC. Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, it was allowed to attend one previous climate change meeting in the past.

Responding to a written question from MP George Howarth, Perry issued a written answer Thursday in which he said the U.K.'s cooperation on renewable energy with Taiwan has been part of the bilateral commercial and economic ties.

In 2017, the U.K. government agreed to start an official-level dialogue on energy as a component of the annual trade talks, with the first meeting taking place in June 2018 in London between officials from the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade, and a delegation led by Taiwan's Bureau of Energy, according to Perry.

"Broader energy and climate change cooperation between the U.K. and Taiwan is part of our economic and commercial relationship," he said. "We expect this engagement to continue in the margins of the 24th Conference of the Parties under the UNFCCC next month, though no formal plans have yet been made."

"Broad cooperation is vital for tackling this global issue," he added.

In response to another written question by MP Scott Mann, Field said Tuesday that the U.K. government has consistently stated its support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations where the U.K. believes Taiwan has a valuable contribution to make on issues of global concern.

"This includes the issue of climate change, which does not recognize the concept of territorial boundaries," Field said in his written answer.

"The British Government welcomes the contribution Taiwan voluntarily makes in combating climate change, despite not being a signatory to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and we continue to work closely with Taiwan on this matter," Field added.

David Lin (林永樂), Taiwan's top representative to the U.K., expressed gratitude to the U.K. government for its support for Taiwan's bid to participate in international organizations as well as its friendship with Taiwan.

Earlier this month, the U.K. government said it will discuss with its international partners about Taiwan's bid to participate in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) as an observer.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Frances Huang)
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