November 18, 2019
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Members Support Slips as UNFCCC Rejects Taiwans Application for Participation

News Analysis

While losing support for its mission from its member nations, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has continuously rejected Taiwans application for participation.

Governments around the world planned to meet for the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) under the UNFCCC between Dec. 2 and 9 in Santiago, Chile. The purpose of the summit is to discuss the member countries government efforts to continue their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

However, COP25 changed the summit location at the last minute to Madrid, Spain, because Chile withdrew as the host of the summit due to violent unrest in the country.

Critics have attributed the riots in the country to expensive climate policies, such as the Chilean governments new carbon dioxide taxes. In many ways, the reasons for the ongoing protests are similar to the reasons behind Frances Yellow Vest protests. The Chilean protesters have sent a clear message to COP25 and the UNFCCC.

On Nov. 4, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States had formally begun the process of pulling out of the Paris Agreement, following President Donald Trumps decision to cease all participation in the 2015 agreement.

Trumps decision was made public on June 1, 2017, but the earliest possible date that any country can withdraw from the Agreement is Nov. 4, 2020, four years after the Agreement went into effect.

However, the UNFCCCs decrease in popularity did not stop the organization from denying Taiwan the chance to participate in COP25.

COP25 will very likely yield to political pressure from Beijing and exclude Taiwan again. According to information The Epoch Times received from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco (TECOSF), Taiwan has been denied the opportunity to submit its Nationally Determined Contributions to the UNFCCC.

“As Taiwan is not a party to the convention, the country is shut out of official activities, mechanisms and meetings,” Taiwan Today reported.

With a population close to 24 million, Taiwan was the worlds 21st largest economy in 2019 as ranked by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). While societies in Chile and France may worry that the cost of living will be impacted by the UNFCCCs climate policies, the island nation of Taiwan has been reaching out to the UNFCCC and expressing its willingness to help.

Taiwans government is seeking the opportunity to participate in global mechanisms, negotiations, and activities that promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement in the same way as any other country, according to TECOSF.

In the past, Taiwan has sent some of its nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to attend UNFCCC events with observer status. But Taiwans government agencies have not been able to participate in UNFCCC events.

“Exclusion from the UNFCCC is unfair and incompatible with its call for extensive cooperation across the world on environmental issues,” said Taiwans Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Minister Chang Tzi-chin, according to Taiwan Today.

Being excluded from UNFCCC events has limited the capacity of Taiwans society for sharing information and making contributions to programs such as ecological management, disaster prevention and early warning systems, and energy-efficient technology.

Taiwan, as an island nation, has accumulated abundant experience dealing with extreme weather events and natural disasters. According to TECOSF, Taiwanese government entities have a great willingness to share their technology, financial resources, and experience with the world.

TECOSF stated, “It is neither appropriate nor effective to restrain Taiwans [government agencies] participation in the UNFCCC by extending invitations via the very limited quota of NGO participants.”

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