• Eva Hou

New Taipei City Government Share Epidemic Prevention Experience in WUF10

New Taipei City was the only city in Taiwan to be invited to the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10). On February 10, Yao Ching-yu, Director-General of the Secretariat, New Taipei City, made a speech at the event and was invited by New York City to sign the VLR declaration. This is a group photo of representatives of cities worldwide with New York City’s VLR declaration in their hands, including the Director-General Yao (second from the right), New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena (second from the left), and UN Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Binti Mohd Sharif (middle in the front row)
Group photo of representatives of cities worldwide with New York City’s VLR

In the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum(WUF10), held by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) in Abu Dhabi on February 9 (Taiwanese time), New Taipei City was the only Taiwanese city invited, and its representatives made four speeches at the event. The audience was keen to learn about Asian cities’ epidemic prevention measures with respect to the novel coronavirus. The Director-General of the secretariat Yao Ching-yu noted that New Taipei City was the most populated city in Taiwan. The mayor Hou Yu-ih emphasized that epidemic prevention should be practiced by all citizens, where that epidemic prevention is the strongest when everyone works together. Such participation is consistent with the value and spirit of “leave no one behind,” which is emphasized in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

In a speech on February 11, Director-General Yao shared the process of and New Taipei City’s reflection on the release of its SDG Voluntary Local Review (VLR); she encouraged cities to publish their Voluntary Local Review and to leave no one behind even in the toughest of times.

Furthermore, she shared pictures that showed how Mayor Hou had been coordinating the city’s epidemic prevention, including pictures of him conducting on-site inspections of the supply of necessities, such as face masks, early in the outbreak; inspecting the fire department’s epidemic prevention measures for potential patients; encouraging senior high school students to make their own forehead thermometer; practicing youth empowerment, namely encouraging young people to initiate creative solutions; and improving the care provided for disadvantaged groups, such as older adults who are living alone, through the enhancement of regional systems.

The photo demonstrated how young people applied their creativity and vocational expertise to epidemic prevention.

These pictures evinced New Taipei City’s resilience in response to the global crisis and the city’s SDG-inspired spirit and values, demonstrated by its care toward every single citizen; the speech was met with resounding applause from the audience.

On a special session of the SDG VLR on February 10, New Taipei City shared the stage with New York City, the first city in the world to launch the VLR, to talk about their experiences in

conducting the VLR. At the session, Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs, invited New Taipei City to sign New York City’s VLR declaration and to join New York as a partner in its effort for the global SDG. Held by UN Habitat, this session was also joined by its Executive Director, Maimunah Binti Mohd Sharif.

Director Yao talked about New Taipei City’s outstanding practice of gender equality among large East-Asian cities.

Despite the outbreak, this year’s WUF10 still attracted more than 18,000 participants, who were notables from 170 countries. The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, and the prime minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, were also there to make the opening speech. In the event, New Taipei City was invited to talk about its experiences in promoting SDG and conducting its VLR at sessions held by UN Habitat, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments, and the Japanese think tank Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. On its part, New Taipei City also reinstated the latest version of the SDG and applied the corresponding urban development trends to Taiwan.

Press release date: February 13, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Specialist at the Office of International Affairs, Secretariat Lin Kan-chuan Contact number: 2960-3456 (ext. 2171)

Press contact of the Secretariat, Chiu Chih-yuan

Contact number: 2960-3456 (ext. 2151)