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Monday, September 21, 2009 –  The Government of Saint Lucia has pledged its staunch support for Taiwan’s participation in the activities of United Nations specialized agencies like the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), both of which Saint Lucia is a member.  The ICAO is the global forum for civil aviation.  It works to achieve its vision of safe, secure and sustainable development of civil aviation through cooperation amongst its member States.  On the other hand, over a decade ago, most countries joined the UNFCCC to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable.  More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful and legally binding measures.


The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced that it will continue campaigning for meaningful participation in UN specialized agencies, programmes and conventions.  Considering that climate change and aviation safety greatly affect its development as well as the well-being of all mankind, Taiwan has decided to first focus on striving for meaningful participation in meetings and activities of the ICAO and UNFCCC.  Having acknowledged the rights of 23 million Taiwanese people, the Government of Saint Lucia joins the Government of Taiwan and its diplomatic allies in urging ICAO and UNFCCC to find appropriate ways to accommodate Taiwan’s meaningful participation in their work and activities.


Taiwan adopted a pragmatic and moderate approach and requested for meaningful participation in the activities of UN specialized agencies in 2008.  With the strong and persistent advocate of its diplomatic allies, like Saint Lucia, and friendly countries across the globe, Taiwan was invited to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer in May 2009, which has been widely welcomed by the international community.


Ministers responsible for Climate Change in CARICOM just finished a two-day meeting in Saint Lucia to strategize on a refined Regional position to address emerging concerns of the impact of Climate Change in the Caribbean.  Honourable Stephenson King, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, who is the spokesperson on sustainable Development within CARICOM, is elated at the thrust toward developing a new and harmonized policy to tackle Climate Change conditions.   CARICOM has been negotiating under the framework of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is set for December 7 to 18, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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