St. Kitts and Nevis calls for Taiwan’s participation in UNFCCC and UNEA
Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) — Another call from the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis for its ally, the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in organs of the United Nations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett addressing the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations pointed out that 31 years ago St. Kitts and Nevis as a new nation forged a strategic and mutually beneficial relationship with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
“This relationship has grown by leaps and bounds, and touches all three dimensions of sustainable development. As the dialogue continues on the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, St. Kitts and Nevis regards itself suitably qualified to speak on the valuable contribution which the Republic of China (Taiwan) can make to the international community,” Mr. Nisbett told the world body.
He pointed out that at the recently convened Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Samoa, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, had the privilege to speak of the value of the partnership established with the government and private sector of Taiwan in implementing a number of projects in renewable energy, specifically the establishment of a solar panel manufacturing plant, the outfitting of government buildings and street lights with solar panels.
“The latter project will assist us in St. Kitts and Nevis to achieve the goal of ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services for all,” said Minister Nisbett.
He said for the past several years the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has been calling on the international community to allow the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the organs of the United Nations system.
“This call is by no means arbitrary in nature. It has resulted from our partnership in numerous development initiatives across the sustainable development spectrum,” said Minister Nisbett.
He noted that St. Kitts and Nevis is pleased to note that Taiwan was recently invited to attend the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the first time since 1971.
“We are equally pleased to note the participation of Taiwan in the World Health Assembly (WHA), and offer our commendation to the Government and people of Taiwan for sharing its expertise in the fields of medicine and civil aviation safety,” said Minister Nisbett.
He said the Federation is convinced that the time is right for this spirit of understanding and inclusion to extend to the area of the ongoing negotiations in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
“My government is equally convinced that the experiences gained by Taiwan in its strategy on building environmental and economic resilience can be shared with the international community through the UNFCCC. Indeed, while the international community is focused on maintaining peace and security, we are pleased to underscore the active role played by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in promoting peace and security across the Taiwan Strait and for proposing the East China Sea Peace Initiative, thus demonstrating its commitment to international peace and security,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs.