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TAISE Leads Youth Sustainability Leaders to Attend COP23 Climate Meeting in Bonn, Germany Date:2017-11-08

Picture of Chairman Eugene Chien and the party at COP23. (Starting from left: TAISE CEO Yang Ku, Director Christine Chiang, Chairman Eugene Chien, Mr. Hsien-Ping Chao, Mr. Kuo-Hsuan Lin, Mr. Po-Yu Chen, and Consultant Shi-Long Chang of China Steel.)

Chairman Eugene Chien of Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy, CEO Yang Ku, Director Christine Chiang and 3 youth sustainability leaders arrived in Bonn, Germany on Monday, November 6. Then they immediately attended the 23rd COP (Conference of the Parties) of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework on Climate Change) held by Fiji. The main point of this year’s conference is to confirm that all the signing parties will implement and promote the development and efficiency of issues related to the Paris Agreement before COP24 takes place in next year (2018).

In the conference, COP23 President and Prime Minister of Fiji Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama represented Fiji and other small Pacific island nations to express that as the world has been impacted by extreme climate, many countries have been deeply affected and he called on countries around the world to take a solemn stand against these situations by continuing to support promotion of the Paris Agreement and the various tasks under execution and he expected that in the following two weeks everyone can show their determination and provide a positive driving force for tasks of the Agreement as well offer help in achieving the committed climate goal by 2020.
The 3 youth sustainability leaders accompanying the delegation were outstanding students selected from the 2017 Youth Sustainability Leadership Program held by TAISE this summer. The 3 youth sustainability leaders were all excited to be able to attend this year’s COP23 climate meeting. They also actively took part in side events held at the venue. On the first day, everyone of them attended at least 3~5 side events. Through these events they had a better understanding of the attitude and determination of the international community on promoting the Paris Agreement. For example the event “What to expect at COP23” jointly held by Third World Network (TWN) and South Centre invited experts from China, Ecuador, South Africa and Third World Network to share their views. Among them, Meena Raman of TWN expressed she was sorry over the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Yet she hoped that the US should not intervene too much either in the Agreement or the climate matters of other countries. Mr. Pei Liang from China expressed that NDCs should be in full compliance with the Paris Agreement and the various goals of SDGs in the form of real actions, not just numbers and goals on paper. China not only has shown her determination on NDCs, but also is willing to offer assistance to countries needing to make adjustments.
The COP23 Climate Change Conference is taken place from November 6 to November 17 and is expected to have more than 100 events of various kinds like general assembly, round table meetings, press releases and other types of activities. The COP23 also has live streaming available at for those concerning about global climate change issues but could not go there in person around the world to give them the opportunity to get first-hand information through the live streaming platform.
COP23 President and Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama (starting from second left), German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Patricia Espinosa delivering a joint speech
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