Taipei, Representatives of the 50 member-cities of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) organization rolled up their sleeves to take part in a beach cleanup in Taiwan's offshore Penghu County Sunday, the final event of the 2018 MBBW World Congress.
The beach cleaners included outgoing MBBW President Maria das Dores Meira and President-elect Michel Bujold (who will serve in the post from 2019 to 2021), as well as Penghu Magistrate Chen Guang-fu (???) and county officials responsible for environmental protection.
Some of the MBBW members taking part in the event on Longmen Beach praised the beauty of Penghu bay while strolling along the beach.
After the beach cleanup, the foreign visitors embarked on a sightseeing tour to popular tourist destinations on the archipelago of 90 islands in the Taiwan Strait, with Chen serving as their host and guide.
The three-day MBBW World Congress ended the previous day with a ceremony that was attended by Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (???).
During the congress, a joint declaration was signed Friday to promote ocean sustainability and marine ecology, with the international community urged to take action against ocean pollution and make global oceans more resilient in the face of the impact of climate change.
Also, witnessed by Meira and Bujold, Japan's Toyama Prefecture Vice Governor Yasunori Yamazaki received the MBBW annual meeting flag at the closing ceremony Saturday in a symbolic gesture that the prefecture will host next year's event.
Some 250 representatives of 50 cities from 23 countries around the world participated in the Sept. 27-29 international meeting, the first of its kind ever held in Penghu.
With the theme "In Love with the Ocean: Ecological and Tourism Sustainability, Ocean Economy, Cooperation and Co-creation," the MBBW annual congress featured a series of academic forums and expositions, as well as cultural and sports events.
Headquartered in Vannes, Central France, the MBBW is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1997 and supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
MBBW members currently span 43 scenic bays in 25 countries, including Mont Saint-Michel bay in France and Yeosu bay in South Korea. Penghu bay joined the MBBW as a formal member in November 2012.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel