September 29, 2022
2022 GCTF Workshop on
Finding Transformative Solutions through Innovative Partnership Mechanism
On September 29, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), and the Australian Office Taipei co-hosted a hybrid in-person/virtual GCTF workshop on “Finding Transformative Solutions through Innovative Partnership Mechanisms.”
Held in New York City after the General Debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), this workshop highlighted how Taiwan and other partner co-hosts support progress in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals through innovative partnerships. This is the third GCTF event on the margins of UNGA, and the first conducted in-person.
AIT/Washington Managing Director Ingrid Larson joined Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, JTEA Chief Representative Izumi Hiroyasu, and Australian Office Representative Jenny Bloomfield in offering opening remarks.
In her remarks, Ms. Larson stated “As an island with finite resources, Taiwan understands the necessity of maintaining a sustainable mindset. And despite the barriers to international engagement, Taiwan recognizes that sustainability will only be achieved through partnership. AIT is pleased to celebrate that mindset today and remains committed to supporting Taiwan’s voice in the international arena.”
Presenters from Taiwan, Japan, and the United States shared their perspectives on how officials, private sector actors, and civil society participants can partner to reduce climate change, alleviate poverty, and achieve other sustainability goals.
AIT, Taiwan’s MOFA, JTEA, and the Australian Office Taipei jointly administer the GCTF, which acts as a capacity building platform for Taiwan to share its expertise to address global issues of mutual concern.