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Deputy Mayor Attends ICLEI World Congress in Seoul

Taipei City Deputy Mayor Chou Li-fang led a delegation from city hall to attend the 2015 World Congress of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) taking place in Seoul from April 8 through 12.
In addition to inviting Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon to visit Taipei, Chou also signed the Seoul Declaration for Sustainable Cities, along with 150 city representatives hailing from 87 nations.
Chou pointed out that she is attending the event on behalf of Mayor Ko Wen-je. She noted that Taipei City recognizes the importance of placing priority on strengthening cooperation with international cities. It will hasten the development of the city, focusing on green, low carbon emission, and sustainability through technology, innovation, and resident participation.
The deputy mayor looks forward to sharing Taipei’s visions on gardening city, energy conservation city, open government, and citizen participation with representatives of cities around the world.
The Department of Environmental Protection pointed out that in addition to discussing global warming and climate changes on the national level, these issues should also be tackled on the municipality, community, and individual levels. Taipei’s policies to curb greenhouse gas emission has received the support from the majority of residents. Policies such as YouBike, public bus, and MRT system will help to boost public transportation ratio from 57.2-percent in 2013 to 80-percent in 2020.