(Central News Agency reporter Chen Junhua, Taipei, 9th) In order to demonstrate the international results of the public-private collaboration between the government and NGOs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold the “2023 NGO Leaders Forum” on November 17, emphasizing that Taiwan is at the forefront of democratic communities fighting global authoritarianism, and Invite heavyweight leaders of international non-governmental organizations to come to Taiwan to give keynote speeches.
Wang Xuehong, CEO of the NGO International Affairs Association of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pointed out at a regular press conference today that in order to demonstrate the public-private collaboration between the government and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to participate in international results and provide a platform for dialogue and exchange between the government and NGOs, November 17 The “2023 NGO Leaders Forum” will be held.
Wang Xuehong said that this year’s forum is centered on “Strengthening the Alliance of Universal Values: Taiwan’s Public-Private Cooperation and Connecting Global Civil Society”, emphasizing that Taiwan is at the forefront of the democratic community’s fight against global authoritarianism and is firmly working with other countries and civil society to protect freedom, democracy and human rights. and other universal values.
Wang Xuehong said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has actively assisted important international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to set up offices in Taiwan since the Republic of China in 1999, and has gradually shown results. These INGOs have successively cooperated with domestic NGOs to promote a number of local projects to open up Congress. , information warfare, gender equality and youth empowerment as the main areas, showing the experience and results of public-private collaboration to safeguard shared values.
Wang Xuehong pointed out that this year, global heavyweight INGO leaders were specially invited to Taiwan to serve as forum speakers, including Liberato Bautista, President of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations with Consultative Status to the United Nations (CoNGO). ), and Denise Scotto (also translated as Scott), vice president of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIFCJ), will communicate with domestic and foreign NGO leaders, government and business representatives and other people from all walks of life.
Wang Xuehong said that a keynote speech will be given in the morning session of the forum. Bautista will share his experience in interacting with relevant organizations in the United Nations system and provide suggestions on the international participation of Taiwanese NGOs; Scotto will share his experience in promoting gender equality to help domestic NGOs in related fields. Strengthen international connections and conduct in-depth exchanges.
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Wang Xuehong said that the two thematic discussions in the afternoon of the forum focused on democracy and human rights, as well as gender equality and youth development. The themes were “Strengthening the Alliance of Democratic Values-Public-Private Collaboration to Fight Authoritarian Expansion” and “Building Diversified Partnerships-Promoting an Inclusive Society and Youth Participation” .
Wang Xuehong pointed out that domestic and foreign NGOs will be invited to the meeting, including Freedom House, Friedrich Norman Freedom Foundation, Citizens’ Alliance for Oversight of Congress, Taiwan Democracy Laboratory, Taiwan Alliance for Economic Democracy, Taiwan Gay Counseling Hotline Association, and Open Culture Foundation and the Taiwan Youth Democratic Association, etc., shared their cooperation experience and discussed how to promote Taiwan’s NGOs to integrate with international standards through partnerships and enhance Taiwan’s global influence. (Editor: Zhai Sijia) 1121109