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Climate change official named Cabinet spokesman

2023-05-14
Focus Taiwan
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Alan Lin (left) and Vice Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration Shen Chih-hsiu give thumbs up at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow in the United Kingdom that year. CNA photo
Alan Lin (left) and Vice Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration Shen Chih-hsiu give thumbs up at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow in the United Kingdom that year. CNA photo

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Alan Lin (林子倫), deputy executive director of the Office of Energy and Carbon Reduction under the Executive Yuan, was named Cabinet spokesman on Friday.

In a statement, the Cabinet described Lin, who teaches political science at National Taiwan University (NTU), as a public policy expert.

According to the Cabinet, Lin has been assisting the government in planning its energy and environmental policies.

He also headed a Taiwanese delegation last year to participate in discussions during the 27th Conference of the Parties of the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP27, it said.

As Taiwan, officially named the Republic of China (ROC), is not recognized as a member of the United Nations, it is excluded from the UNFCCC.

Some Taiwanese officials and NGOs are able to participate in COP sessions in their private capacity via the limited quota of NGO participants.

A graduate of NTU's chemistry department, Lin is expected to facilitate the government's policy push in the face of extreme weather and changing international situation, the Cabinet said.

Lin's predecessor, Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥), tendered his resignation in February this year following allegations that he offered favors for sex during his time as a civil servant in Tainan over a decade ago.

Minister without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成) has since then served Chen's position as acting Cabinet spokesman.

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