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The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York is pleased to announce a series of seminars to be held on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly and High-level Week this September. The seminars will discuss a range of issues including climate change, universal health coverage, and youth empowerment—topics that are central to the UN sustainable development goals.

Adaptive Human-Centered Technology Against Climate Change
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 5-7 pm
Columbia University, Faculty House Presidential Room 1
*Registration required

Moderated by John Furlow, Deputy Director for Humanitarian Assistance and International Development at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

Panelists:
- Amb. Timothy T. Y. Hsiang, Secretary General of International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF)
- Alma Quintero, Environment and Disaster Resilience Program Fellow, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)
- Hideyuki Shiozawa, Senior Program Officer, International Peace and Security Department, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)

“Medicare-for-All” Debate: Lessons from the Taiwanese Single-Payer System
Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 1-2 pm
Columbia University, Faculty House Garden Room 1
*Registration required

A dialogue between Dr. Michael Sparer, Chair and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Dr. Po-Chang Lee, Director General of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Administration

Health For All: What the US can learn from Taiwan and other global leaders in healthcare
Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 6-7:30 pm
Coffee House Club (20 West 44th Street, Fl 6)
*Registration required

A panel discussion featuring Melinda K. Abrams, Senior Vice-President of the Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Po-Chang Lee, Director General of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Administration, and Michael K. Gusmano, PhD, Research Scholar at the Hastings Center

International Symposium on SDGs: Climate Change Action
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 4-6 pm (followed by reception 6-8 pm)
TECO in New York (1 E 42nd Street)
*Registration required 

Keynote speech by Hung-Teh Tsai, Deputy Minister of Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration

Panel discussion moderated by Pamela Chasek, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Manhattan College

Panelists:
- Travis Bradford, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University / President and Founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development
- Ling-Yi Tsai, Director General of the Department of Environmental Sanitation and Toxic Substance Management, Environmental Protection Administration, Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Chien-Te Fan, Professor of Institute of Law for Science and Technology, Tsing Hua University, Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Ren-Chain Wang, Deputy General Director of the Green Energy and Environmental Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Youth Engagement in Taiwan's International Participation
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 12-1:30 pm
Think Coffee (73 8th Ave A)
*Registration required

Discussion with Legislator Ching-Min Chen from Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party and Amb. Timothy T. Y. Hsiang, Secretary General of International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF)

Hacking the SDGs with Innovative Solutions
Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 1-2 pm
Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 411 (420 W 118th St)
*Registration required

A conversation with Dr. William B. Eimicke, Director of the Picker Center
SIPA at Columbia University, Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan and the Taiwanese Presidential Hackathon winners

Open Governance, Disinformation and Media Literacy
Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 6:30-8 pm
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Room 308 (219 W 40th St)
*Registration required

A conversation with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, and Joseph Isaac, Former Head of Fact-Checking at TED Conference

Hackathon Forum on Innovative Implementation of SDGs
Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 11 am - 1 pm (followed by reception)
TECO in New York (1 E 42nd Street)
*Registration required

Moderated by Robin Lee, Co-founder of the Taiwanese Data Professionals, and joined by panelists Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, Christine Hung, Vice President for Digital Insights Engineering at Flatiron Health and the Taiwanese Presidential Hackathon winners