Tai­wan Can Help

The Star (St. Lucia) - - HEALTH -

In the fast-chang­ing in­ter­na­tional land­scape where coun­tries are fac­ing un­prece­dented chal­lenges, the need for col­lab­o­ra­tion has never been greater. As a vi­brant democ­racy and re­spon­si­ble stake­holder in the global com­mu­nity, Tai­wan is com­mit­ted to be­ing part of the so­lu­tion.

Show­cas­ing its readi­ness and abil­ity to con­trib­ute to mul­ti­lat­eral ini­tia­tives, the coun­try launched a U.N. Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDG) cam­paign in Septem­ber with events on the side­lines of the 73rd Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York. Themed U.N. Global Goals—Tai­wan Can Help, it called for a res­o­lu­tion to the is­sue of the na­tion’s ex­clu­sion from the U.N. sys­tem and high­lighted its de­sire and qual­i­fi­ca­tions to as­sist in the achieve­ment of the SDGs. It also spot­lighted Tai­wan’s ef­forts to help other na­tions ac­com­plish these goals in areas like en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and med­i­cal care through the work of In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment Fund (Tai­wanICDF), the coun­try’s fore­most for­eign aid or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion is also fun­da­men­tal to tack­ling one of the key threats to global se­cu­rity to­day: cli­mate change. De­spite be­ing ex­cluded from the U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC), the ma­jor plat­form for lim­it­ing green­house gas emis­sions, Tai­wan is a staunch sup­porter of the con­ven­tion and con­tin­ues to pur­sue mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion. Thanks to the na­tion’s vi­brant civil so­ci­ety, 10 Tai­wan non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions have been granted ob­server sta­tus by the UNFCCC and are ex­pected to at­tend the next Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties De­cem­ber 3-14 in Ka­tow­ice, Poland.

While the coun­try is un­wa­ver­ing in its ef­forts to ad­vance global co­op­er­a­tion, it is also a ma­jor part­ner in re­gional ini­tia­tives. A mem­ber econ­omy of the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) since 1991, Tai­wan has been at the fore­front of a slew of suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes. In re­cent years it has worked to de­liver tan­gi­ble progress in such areas as gen­der equal­ity and the growth of small and medium en­ter­prises (SME). The Econ­omy Fo­rum in Septem­ber ap­proved two Tai­wan pro­pos­als on fe­male em­pow­er­ment in the en­ergy sec­tor and start-ups. The coun­try has also been spear­head­ing the APEC On­lineto-Off­line Pro­gram, a four-year ini­tia­tive aimed at en­hanc­ing the dig­i­tal com­pet­i­tive­ness and re­silience of SMEs.

Co­op­er­a­tion with na­tions in the re­gion has been strength­ened through Tai­wan’s New South­bound Pol­icy (NSP). A key plank in the coun­try’s na­tional de­vel­op­ment strat­egy, the NSP seeks to deepen Tai­wan’s agri­cul­tural, busi­ness, cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism and trade ties with the 10 As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions mem­ber states, six South Asian coun­tries, Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Its ac­com­plish­ments can be seen across a broad spec­trum of areas.

Bi­lat­eral trade with tar­get coun­tries climbed 15 per cent last year, with Tai­wan’s in­vest­ment in the na­tions ris­ing by 54 per cent dur­ing the same pe­riod.

The coun­try is also work­ing with the U.S. to en­hance long-term re­gional pros­per­ity through the Pa­cific Is­lands Lead­er­ship Pro­gram with Tai­wan. The ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing project is aimed at help­ing par­tic­i­pants de­velop gov­er­nance skills and vi­sion. Or­gan­ised by the In­sti­tute of Diplo­macy and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs un­der the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in co­op­er­a­tion with Hawaii-based East-West Cen­ter, the pro­gramme this year en­rolled 22 young pro­fes­sion­als from 12 coun­tries in­clud­ing diplo­matic al­lies Kiri­bati, Mar­shall Is­lands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Is­lands and Tu­valu.

Whether from a global or re­gional per­spec­tive, Tai­wan is a com­mit­ted and re­spon­si­ble part­ner ac­tively en­gag­ing with like-minded coun­tries to solve the most press­ing is­sues of our time. De­ter­mined in this en­deav­our, the na­tion will con­tinue to pur­sue greater in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion un­der the prin­ci­ple that Tai­wan can help.

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