The Technical Cooperation Agreement between Taiwan and the US was signed in 1993, and now three decades later, a commemorative event was held at Huashan Creative Park to reflect on the accomplishments made over the years between the two environmental protection organizations.
A mesmerizing performance by the Taipei Indigenous Choir opened the ceremony, enchanting the audience with a unique rendition of a traditional piece and expressing gratitude for the land and the connection between culture and environmental preservation.
During the event, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration Deputy Minister Ya-Fen Wang expressed her deepest gratitude to U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida for her support over the past 30 years, as well as to government agencies, such as the Ministry of Education, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspections, and the Ocean Conservation Administration, for their collaboration in program implementation. Deputy Minister Wang highlighted the close cooperation between Taiwan and the United States over the past 30 years, emphasizing how this collaboration has fostered exchanges and advancements in environmental technology and sustainable development. Deputy Minister Wang expressed that the event was not only a reflection of the past but also a glimpse into the future, where both countries will continue to collaborate to address global environmental challenges.
For her part, Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency commended the three decades of fruitful cooperation between Taiwan and the US and expressed her hopes for deeper collaboration in the future. She emphasized that as we celebrate the 30 years of partnership and the successes achieved together through IEP, it is important to identify future opportunities to strengthen this strong partnership and highlight Taiwan’s global environmental leadership, and to address critical environmental issues and build resilience communities through new and expanded programs for a better and sustainable earth.
Looking back at the achievements of the past three decades, Taiwan and the US have jointly organized over 100 events, including projects such as the Eco-Campus Program, the International Environmental Partnership (IEP), the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP), the International E-waste Management Network (IEMN), and the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network (APMMN). Not only have these collaborations yielded significant technological advancements, but they have also strengthened friendships and understanding among partner members.
The celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Taiwan-US Environmental Technology Cooperation will continue, featuring discussions with experts and scholars who will share the latest developments in environmental technology. This event is expected to further enhance the collaborative exchanges between the two countries in the field of environmental protection, paving the way for a more sustainable future.
The Taiwan-US Environmental Technology Cooperation and International Environmental Partnership Program will continue to promote various exchanges and cooperation programs. This platform welcomes international partners to join us in discovering the power of partnership and cooperation, and together we will open up more possibilities to move towards sustainability.
- Ministry of Environment