With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all major political parties, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) was established in 2003. Its basic purposes are to further consolidate Taiwan’s progress in democracy and human rights, as well as to demonstrate our appreciation for all the assistance Taiwan received from the international community during our democratization.
As the first national democracy assistance foundation in Asia, the TFD has flourished alongside the deepening of democracy here in Taiwan, organizing numerous international conferences and other events. Not only has it established linkages between Taiwan and global democratic community, but it has shared Taiwan’s successful experiences in the attainment of democracy and human rights as widely as possible.
Now that the TFD is completing its seventeenth year, our expectations are even higher. Since democracy is a universal value and a global trend, we must not only continue to share Taiwan’s experience, but also further strengthen our solidarity with like-minded people and countries. To address the challenges facing democracy today, we must work together to protect the ideals of human rights and freedom.
In order to realize democracy and human rights principles ever more deeply in Taiwan and the world, I will continuously strive, together with all our Board members and staff, to make the TFD a bastion for global democratic forces. On behalf of Taiwan, we will do our best to contribute to global democratic development.