The organization’s Opening Ceremony was held Tuesday, August 21, at the Ministry of Transportation Chi-En Conference Center’s International Hall. Among those present were representatives of institutions participating in the organization including 11 governmental agencies and instrumentalities, 12 universities, 44 corporations, 5 think tank research institutions and 11 non-governmental organizations, for a total of over 100 entities represented by nearly 200 distinguished guests in attendance. It is hoped that through the new global lingua franca of the SDGs, all of Taiwan’s sectors can work concomitantly towards sustainability, cultivating core competitiveness, and providing mutuality and common assistance to guide industry, government, academia, research, and non-governmental organizations’ efforts to jointly create an information and resource sharing platform for Taiwan’s sustainable development.
The Opening Ceremony was presided over by Taiwan’s Vice President Dr. Chien-Jen Chen. Executive Yuan Premier Dr. William Ching-Te Lai, A‧SDGs Chairman Ambassador Eugene Chien, Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, Taiwan (CNAIC) Chairman Po-Feng Lin, European Trade Office Representative Madeleine Majorenko, Holland Trade and Investment Office Representative Guy Wittich, French Office in Taipei Acting Director Guillaume Delvallee, Legislative Yuan Secretary General Chih-Chia Lin, Taiwan EPA Minister Dr. Peter Lee, Member of the Control Yuan Yung-Ching Chao, CTCI Group Chairman Chun-Yen Yu, Cathay Financial Holdings President Chang-Ken Lee, and other A‧SDGs Board members, along with numerous distinguished guests, who posed in a group photo with the SDGs logo symbolizing the commitment to the principles and precepts of “coalescing diverse efforts’ sustainability leaders, to create an inter-industry sustainability platform”. The inaugural event also witnessed sharing of SDGs case studies and best practices in the themes of “Human Capital Development” and “Social Inclusion”, with presentations from exemplary domestic enterprises including TECO Electric and Machinery Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation, Sinyi Realty Inc., Cathay Financial Holdings, E.SUN Financial Holding, Taiwan Cement Corporation, CTCI and Far Eas Tone Telecommunications, evincing industry’s many successes in promoting the SDGs.