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Taipei Joins City Leaders in Signing Paris City Hall Declaration

With the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) currently being held in Paris to address climate change, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) took to the opportunity to join hands with Paris City Government in hosting the Climate Summit for Local Leaders on December 4.
On behalf of Taipei City Government, Deputy Mayor Chou Li-fang attended the summit, which saw a thousand representatives from 150 countries voicing their support for the Paris City Hall Declaration and 21 Climate Change Solutions.
Chou pointed out that consensus has been reached among the participants to set a more ambitious carbon emission reduction target than the one established for 2015; to formulate a concrete strategy to tackle potential natural disasters in 2020; to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emission by 1 billion tons a year by 2030; to speed up the transition into 100% green energy by 2050; and to establish climate change action alliances incorporating both public and private sectors.
In addition, Chou reckoned that the 21 Climate Change Solutions will focus on the theme of “adapt, curb, and engage.” Topics of discussions include water resource management; disaster control; constructing an adaptive city; health and disease management; awareness and education; finances and insurance; environmental refugees; energy efficiency; renewable energy; green spaces; food supply chain; urban agriculture; innovative governance; sharing platform; international city network; regional initiatives, and more.
As a representative of Taipei City, the deputy mayor also took the opportunity to engage in city diplomacy. She invited the mayor of Seoul to visit Taipei, discussed bilateral cooperation in vocational education with the mayor of Berlin, and explored cultural exchange possibilities with the deputy mayor of Paris.