The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China stated that it will hold an “NGO Leaders Forum” on November 17, 2023, and invite leaders of important international non-governmental organizations to visit Taiwan. (Provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China)
[The Epoch Times, November 10, 2023](Epoch Times reporter Zhong Yuan reported in Taiwan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China stated that in order to demonstrate the public-private collaboration between the government and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to participate in international results, it will continue to provide government and NGO partners As a platform for dialogue and exchange between Taiwan and Taiwan, the “NGO Leaders Forum” will be held on the 17th to invite leaders of important international non-governmental organizations to visit Taiwan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China stated that this year, it has specially invited leaders of global heavyweight international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to come to Taiwan to serve as forum speakers, including the “Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations”. , CoNGO) President Dr. Liberato Bautista and “International Federation of Women in Legal Careers (FIFCJ) Vice Chairman Ms. Denise Scotto” will meet with domestic and foreign NGOs Leaders, government and business representatives and other people from all walks of life interact face-to-face.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that this year’s forum is centered on “Strengthening the Alliance of Universal Values: Taiwan’s Public-Private Partnership and Connecting Global Civil Society”, emphasizing that Taiwan is at the forefront of democratic communities’ fight against global authoritarianism and is firmly committed to safeguarding freedom and democracy with other countries and civil society. and universal values such as human rights.
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been actively assisting important INGOs to set up offices in Taiwan since 2020 and has gradually shown results. These INGOs have successively cooperated with domestic NGOs to promote a number of local programs in Taiwan, including open parliament, information warfare, gender equality and youth Issues such as building strength are the main areas, demonstrating the experience and results of the Republic of China’s public-private collaboration to safeguard shared values.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that two INGO leaders will give keynote speeches in the morning session of the forum: CoNGO President Bautista will share his experience in interacting with relevant organizations in the United Nations system and provide advice on the international participation of Taiwanese NGOs; the “International Alliance of Women Lawyers” Vice Chairman Scott is active in the international women’s rights community and has participated in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ “Taiwan Gender Equality Week” activities many times. He will share his experience in promoting gender equality to help domestic NGOs in related fields strengthen international connections and conduct in-depth exchanges.
The highlight of the afternoon session of the forum was the sharing of local cooperation plans between INGOs and NGOs with roots in the country. The two thematic discussions focused on democracy and human rights, as well as gender equality and youth empowerment. The theme was “Strengthening the Alliance of Democratic Values—Public-Private Partnership to Fight Authoritarian Expansion.” , and “Building Diverse Partnerships—Promoting Inclusive Society and Youth Participation”, domestic and foreign NGOs will be invited to give speeches.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that these NGOs include “Freedom House” (Freedom House), “Friedrich Norman Freedom Foundation” (FNF), “Citizens Oversight Congressional Alliance”, “Taiwan Democracy Laboratory”, “Taiwan Economic Democracy” Representatives from “United”, “Taiwan Gay Counseling Hotline Association”, “Open Culture Foundation” and “Taiwan Youth Democracy Association” shared their cooperation experiences and discussed how to promote Taiwan’s NGOs to integrate with international standards through partnerships and enhance Taiwan’s global influence. .
The “NGO Leaders Forum” hosted by the NGO International Affairs Association of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has entered its fourth session this year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hopes to provide a public dialogue platform through the forum every year to deepen domestic and foreign NGO exchanges and the partnership between the government and civil society. And continue to promote the international participation energy of Taiwanese NGOs. For information about the “2023 NGO Leaders Forum”, please visit the “NGO Bilingual Website” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://www.taiwanngo.tw/Post/83722). NGO partners are welcome to participate in this grand event.
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