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【SDG 17】The New Taipei City Government Participates in Sustainability Forum in Japan, Meets with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike



Deputy Secretary-general Ko Ching-chung (right) and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (left) engage in a friendly exchange.

The Global City Network for Sustainability (G-NETS) Senior Officials International Forum was held today (31st) in Tokyo, Japan. The New Taipei City delegation, spearheaded by Deputy Secretary-general Ko Ching-chung and comprising officials from the Secretariat and Fire Department, took an active part in the forum, showcasing the city's policy successes through various presentations. The forum, featuring representation from around 36 countries and 50 cities, facilitated discourse on diverse and inclusive societies, urban safety, and environmental protection. In a gesture of international camaraderie, Deputy Secretary-general Ko extended Mayor Hou Yu-ih's warm greetings to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike during the opening ceremony, underscoring New Taipei City's commitment to fostering friendly exchanges with cities in Japan.

In a significant highlight of the day, the delegation delivered a presentation on the "The New Taipei City Emergency Data Platform" within the urban safety segment of the forum. Senior Technical Specialist Huang Di-sheng from the Fire Department elaborated on New Taipei's innovative disaster response strategies and capabilities, further accentuating the city's sustainable initiatives and accomplishments over the years. The session also saw contributions from other global cities including New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Bangkok, and Nairobi.

Deputy Secretary-general Ko Ching-chung (right) meets with Chairman Masahiro Ito of the Chiba Prefectural Assembly (left).

Furthermore, the delegation made a special visit to Chiba Prefecture on the 30th to meet with Chairman Masahiro Ito of the Chiba Prefectural Assembly. Chiba Prefecture has maintained annual visits to New Taipei since 2013, barring interruptions due to the pandemic. This visit facilitated Deputy Secretary-General Ko's invitation to Chairman Ito and the pro-Taiwan councilor Hiroaki Kawamura to New Taipei City to further strengthen the enduring friendship between the two cities for another decade.

Deputy Secretary-general Ko Ching-chung (second from right) presents New Year spring couplets for the Year of the Dragon to Councilor Hiroaki Kawamura (first from right) and members of the Overseas Chinese Association in Chiba.

Mayor Hou Yu-ih reflected on the importance of international city exchanges that New Taipei City has always put in today's municipal government meeting, emphasizing engagement through the shared language of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The session featured a special report by the Secretariat's Director-general Rao Qing-yu on "Focusing on the Small to Envision the Big, Putting People First to Build a Smart, Sustainable City Hall." Fire Department Director-general Li Qing-an, who delegated Huang to share New Taipei City's advancements in smart disaster prevention at G-NETS, voiced strong support for international collaboration in disaster prevention and rescue efforts. By participating in international forums and conferences, New Taipei City aims to exchange knowledge and experiences with cities worldwide.

Mayor Hou also highlighted New Taipei City's pioneering efforts in integrating the SDGs into its operations, introducing innovations such as the application of AI to sustainability efforts, including carbon reduction and the modernization of administrative tasks. He acknowledged the growing challenges and complexities ahead, citing the Sanchong Second Administrative Center as an example of the city's ambition to achieve the first carbon-neutral building in the public sector. In closing, Mayor Hou called for the team to leverage a network of resources and a spirit of innovative practice and teamwork to advance towards these ambitious goals.
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