Nobel peace laureate to speak at Taiwan forum this week

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi of India / CNA file photo

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi of India / CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) A forum on cooperation in Asia will open in Taipei this week with the participation of speakers from 18 countries, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi of India, according to the organizers.

The two-day Yushan Forum: Asian Dialogue for Innovation and Progress will discuss issues related to talent cultivation, regional agriculture, innovative industries, youth leaders, cultural co-prosperity, and regional cooperation in areas such as health and civil society, the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Held under the theme "Working Together for Regional Prosperity," the forum will hear contributions by 48 speakers from 18 countries.

A keynote speech on the opening day Thursday will be delivered by children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who founded Save the Childhood Movement that has rescued more than 83,500 victims of trafficking, slavery and child labor, according to the TAEF.

Now in its second year, the forum is dedicated to highlighting Taiwan's cooperation initiatives, partnerships and dialogue mechanisms in Asia, the foundation said.

Among the 18 countries expected to be represented at the forum, 11 are included in Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, namely India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Australia and New Zealand, the foundation said.

The New Southbound Policy, implemented by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), is aimed at fostering links between Taiwan and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, countries in South Asia, as well as New Zealand and Australia, in the areas of economic and trade relations, science, technology and culture.

(By Elaine Hou and William Yen)
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