Sketch of Public Policy Communion, July 2020
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The July Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2020 was held on July 19, 2020. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "As US-China relations are set to deteriorate further, the international situation is clouded by the shadow of war. Worse yet, the Three Gorges Dam is at risk of a dam breach. A flood disaster that results will likely lead to droughts one after another, subsequently leading to food shortages, ecosystem collapse, turbulence and unrest. If troubled times is historically inevitable, we must seek solutions from incidental. Therefore, Archilife’s code is to "stop, listen, and look" in troubled times, take conservative approaches rather than making hasty moves. Archilife Living Special Team has been given a special assignment: Discuss how to survive during camping and cope with environments subject to climate change and high temperatures in order to lead mankind towards the future."
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Ms. Sun Ruei-suei spoke on "A View on Urban Development Rights from the Kaohsiung Mayor Recall". The speaker first mentioned that following the Kaohsiung’s intensely emotional electoral recall populist movement, we should reflect on why such an outstanding key city known as the Taiwan economic miracle suffered stagnation and decline for 20 years when Asia is flourishing in this age. The speaker used the cases of Seattle in the United States, Wuzhen in Zhejiang, China, and Singapore as examples to illustrate how to learn the transformation strategies of other cities. The speaker said that just like other global cities, Kaohsiung is in a crisis, including the crises of the city government’s budget deficits and financial bankruptcies over the years in order to cope with competition and excessive construction funding expansion, as well as the city government’s lack of autonomous economic and trade development and industrial decision-making power due to limitations of the centralized national economic system design in the past. The speaker finally mentioned that Economists predict that Asia will be the core area for global capital investments in the future. We ought to have more comprehensive economic and industrial autonomic decision-making power to embrace the opportunity.
Next, Mr. Gao Chuan-chi spoke on "Taipei Genesis and Centurial Epidemic Prevention". The speaker first used the song "Wish of a Lonely Girl" to describe the actual social scene of people from the south going north to work. The speaker then reviewed Taipei’s epidemic prevention history from the cultural and historical data. In 1919, cholera raged. That year, if a crew member caught the illness, they had to find a place by the river bank for quarantine. In 1950, cholera became common, and the government dispatched aircrafts to spray medicament, which gave rise issues such as jeopardizing the people’s health, environmental pollution, etc. The SARS outbreak in 2002 also devastated Taipei City. The trend of population increase was then displayed through images. The compact development exceeded the urban load then. The speaker said that Taipei has sought development from the west side of the river along the railways to the East District. It is worth pondering that this prosperous city as we know it once experienced the spread of disease.
Next, Ms. Lin Yu-ju spoke on "Health-based Taiwan". The speaker first mentioned greater importance should be attached to health in the advent of a super-aging society. The United Nations has also included health as the key factor among the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that must be examined. Despite the Taiwanese people’s extended average remaining life, the average number of unhealthy life years has increased to 8.4 years, and the average number of bedridden years has reached 9.9 years. This is because expenditures on preventive health accounts for less than 1% of expenditures on NHI medical care, indicating that the unbalanced policy direction has burdened all the citizen with unhealthy consequences. Taiwan’s three major health challenges include chorionic disease occurring in younger people, becoming an aging society, and the advent of the era of cancers. This said, we must lead an independent life in health, with "preventive health" as the focus, to revitalize the health power. She anticipate that by building a healthier Taiwan, more people will be in sound health.
After the speech, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying presented a gift to the speakers on behalf of the foundation. Then, attendees expressed and exchanged their opinions and views during the piggy hour. The July Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.