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56th ICCA Congress-The Future Belongs to us

Reminder: The Future Belongs to Us – Deadline extended to Monday 30 October. Born after 1980? Please submit! We have had some feedback from members just over 30 years old that they would like to submit a concept for a “millennial session”, but they thought they were too old to submit their millennial-session idea. By definition a millennial is someone born in the early 1980s to early 2000s. Yes, you are younger than you think! So we have not only extended the deadline to Monday 30 October, but we also invite everyone born after 1980 to submit your ideas. About  ICCA is asking Millennials to compete in a friendly pitching battle at the ICCA Congress in Prague that will help shape ICCA’s next education programme: Born after 1980? Competitive? Creative? Pitch a concept for a future Congress session that you believe will really appeal to your fellow Millennial delegates and win a free [...]

2017-10-20|News|

Kaohsiung mayor welcomes investment from overseas Taiwanese

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) met a group of 30 overseas Taiwanese businessmen from Thailand Wednesday to seek business opportunities between Thailand and Kaohsiung under Taiwan's New Southbound Policy. The business group, led by Taiwan's Representative in Thailand Tung Chen-yuan (童振源), is visiting Taiwan Oct. 15-20. During the meeting, Chen introduced her goals of advancing Kaohsiung's agricultural development and positioning the city as "Asia's Bay Area" to attract more foreign investment. Chen also pointed out the city's need to seek assistance from the central government in the areas of public transportation and industrial transformation to deal with the shortages of Taiwan's economy -- lack of land, power, water, labor and talent. She also said Kaohsiung is willing to share its medical experience and containment guidelines with regard to dengue fever with Thailand. Source: Focus Taiwan

2017-10-19|News|

Stunning station

“Dome of Light,” a 4,500-panel glasswork covering an area of about 660 square meters, is pictured at Formosa Boulevard Station in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City. The metro station was recently selected by New York-based Popular Mechanics magazine as one of the most stunning in the world. (CNA) Source: Taiwan Today

2017-10-19|News|

Livable. Shared. Intelligent: A platform for ecomobile change

With these key concepts at its core, the EcoMobility World Congress 2017 fostered a positive and engaged energy, encouraging frank debate and discussion, and above all, an earnest desire to learn. All manner of participants, from mayors to researchers and practitioners, exchanged thought provoking ideas and innovative solutions they have employed to make their cities and communities more livable, shared and intelligent. The enthusiasm of participants was palpable. Sessions ended with vigorous discussion and many lingered in  thoughtful conversations with their peers over cake and coffee. With 1,200 registered participants, the Congress gathered representatives of over 50 cities eager to learn and compare ideas with other cities, experts with research that support city decision-making and private sector representatives with new solutions. Asian cities from Kaohsiung to Hanoi to Jakarta shared their challenges in curbing pollution in motorcycle-dependent cultures and shared ideas and strategies on how to tackle this problem. Meanwhile, [...]

2017-10-19|未分類|

Kaohsiung set to continue leadership role in the EcoMobility Alliance

At the EcoMobility World Congress 2017, Kaohsiung, as host city, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability announced that Kaohsiung will continue to chair the EcoMobility Alliance, a network of cities supported by ICLEI that is working to implement ecomobile solutions and lead the way in developing sustainable urban transport systems. Mayor Chen Chu of Kaohsiung first took the position of Alliance Chair in 2015 and has served a two-year term. During this time, Kaohsiung undertook extensive preparations for the EcoMobility World Festival, which is currently taking place in the historic neighborhood of Hamasen throughout October 2017. The Festival is a month-long experiment in ecomobility happening in real time, in a real neighborhood. Preparations for the Festival included significant infrastructure updates and close engagement with residents to help them adjust to an ecomobile lifestyle and to understand the benefits. Extending Mayor Chen Chu’s term is a sign of Kaohsiung’s commitment [...]

2017-10-19|News|

How mayors and city leaders define livability

During the EcoMobility World Festival Mayor’s Panel, leaders from four local governments came together to discuss how they are using sustainable urban mobility as a centerpiece of their urban sustainability strategies. They each presented their vision of a livable city, as well as their challenges and achievements. Mayor Chen Chu from Kaohsiung opened the discussion by presenting how her city managed to transform from an industrial city with a low standard of living to a more livable city by progressively changing their economic structure and their transport system. Kaohsiung aims to provide residents more economic opportunities as well easy and sustainable mobility in an enjoyable environment. The city has undertaken a number of projects to transform the local transport system and offer residents alternatives to fossil fuel-powered cars and motorcycles. Because the city does not have the resources to build a robust mass rapid transit (MRT) system, Mayor Chen has strongly advocated that [...]

2017-10-11|News|

Taiwan approves visa-free status for Filipino visitors

TAIWAN has approved visa-free status for Filipinos, according to Lin Song-huann, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines. Lin made the announcement at the opening of the first Taiwan Expo at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia, on Friday. The decision was made by Taiwan’s Premier Lai Ching-te, Lin said. “The administrative and logistic mechanism is still being prepared and will be finalized soon,” he said in an interview. Lin said the exact date of implementing the visa-free status for Filipinos would be known on October. The original procedure in getting a visa to Taiwan remains the same, he said. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in charge of preparing details of the new visa policy. James Huang, chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, said the first Taiwan Expo was organized by the council and the Taiwan Association of the Philippines. [...]

2017-10-11|News|

Kaohsiung declaration on ecomobility to be featured at COP 23

Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) A declaration issued at the close of the EcoMobility World Congress 2017 in Kaohsiung on Wednesday will be featured at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23). The declaration was jointly issued by Monika Zimmermann, deputy secretary general of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) World Secretariat, and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), who is the chair of the EcoMobility Alliance of ICLEI. The declaration puts forth 12 strategies to facilitate commitment to sustainable urban mobility and ecomobility, including planning "our cities and their mobility together," prioritizing people over vehicles and supporting "the shared and efficient use of vehicles, lanes, curbs, and land." The strategies include promoting equity, supporting fair user fees, working towards integration and seamless connectivity, and leading the transition towards "a zero emission and renewable energy transport future." It calls for [...]

2017-10-11|News|