Experts to share insights on climate change


TAIPEI — Two foreign experts from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will discuss climate change issues at a forum in Taipei, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Marilyn Averill, chairwoman of the UNFCCC Non-government Organization Research and Independent NGO Constituency Steering Committee, and Gotelind Alber, focal point of the UNFCCC NGO Women and Gender Constituency, are scheduled to talk the following day about topics ranging from civil society engagement with the UNFCCC to “gender and climate justice,” according to the ministry.

The day-long event is aimed at enhancing the engagement of observer organizations in the UNFCCC process, the ministry said.

“Everyone in the world is contributing to climate change and everyone in the world is going to be affected by climate change,” Averill said at a pre-event press conference.

“We need to find ways to work together to try to mitigate and reduce the adverse impact of climate change,” she added.

In terms of commitment to solving climate change, Alber said Taiwan is a forerunner from which other countries can learn.

“Taiwan makes ambitious commitments that even some industrialized countries have failed to do,” she said, citing a government goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by at least 30 percent below the 2020 “business-as-usual” emissions total without intervention.

There are some 1,600 NGO observers under the auspices of the UNFCCC, three of which are from Taiwan.