Monday, September 3, 2012

Taiwan steps up efforts to join the ICAO and the UNFCCC

l  After being fairly low-key in the last few years, Taiwan now plans to seek broader support from its allies at the upcoming meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly for its bid to gain observer status in both the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

l  Though Taiwan’s international space has always been a government priority under both the KMT and DPP administrations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has kept a low profile in the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly in recent years.

l  However, things appear ready for a change this year as MOFA plans to ask the island’s 23 diplomatic allies to speak up for Taiwan's participation in these UN-affiliated organizations. A total of 18 allies spoke up for Taiwan’s international space last year, but no one is certain how many would do it again this year.

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