As September 18, the inaugural evening of the Tang Prize Award Ceremony approaches, the Tang Prize Foundation is meeting with many notable individuals and groups in the international community. One such important bridge between the economies of Taiwan and the world, the European Chamber of Commerce Taipei (ECCT), visited the Tang Prize Foundation today (July 16) to discuss the prize’s philosophy and laureates—especially the Sustainable Development laureate, Gro Harlem Brundtland. Chairman Giuseppe Izzo, along with ECCT’s Low Carbon Initiative (LCI) Project Manager Sammy Su and two ECCT members, visited the Tang Prize Foundation offices where Foundation CEO Jenn-Chuan Chern discussed the spirit of the Tang Prize and the core values of its categories.
Over the past 30 years the European Union has continued to promote and effect real change in industrial development, including lowering carbon emissions and assisting industries to adapt to new regulations and adopt sustainable development methods. Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway, this year’s Tang Prize Laureate and “godmother” of sustainable development, will be arriving in Taiwan this September for the Award Ceremony. With such a perfect confluence of purpose, the Tang Prize Foundation and the ECCT will have many more opportunities for cooperation in promoting sustainable development in the future.
Chairman Izzo expressed that Dr. Brundtland’s reception of the prize will be a positive force in promoting sustainable concepts for both the Tang Prize and the Low Carbon Initiative, which is supported by ECCT member countries such as Germany, Spain, and Italy. As the meeting came to a successful close, Mr. Izzo gave his blessing to the Awards Ceremony in September, and also predicted that the prize will bring sustainable ideas into a more prominent position on the world stage.