Thursday, April 12, 2007

Office of the President Holds Press Conference Detailing Taiwan's Efforts to Obtain WHO Entry

The Office of the President on April 12 held a press conference to detail the nation's efforts at seeking entry for Taiwan in the World Health Organization. Secretary-General to the President Chiou I-jen presided over the press conference, while Foreign Minister James C. F. Huang and Health Minister Hou Sheng-mou were also in attendance.

In remarks to the gathering, Secretary-General Chiou said that the government is adopting a three-pronged approach this year in its efforts to participate in the WHO. He said that in the past, the ROC (Taiwan) government both sought to obtain observer status at the World Health Assembly and hoped for significant participation in a number of technical conferences held under the auspices of the WHO. This year, he said, the government will continue with these two approaches. However, it will add a third measure this year in which President Chen Shui-bian will directly send a letter to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun. The letter will express Taiwan's hope to apply to become a member of the organization under the name "Taiwan."

Presidential Secretary-General Chiou stressed that local public opinion polls have showed that up to 94.9% of the Taiwan public supports the nation's entry as a member of the WHO and that Taiwan should enter the organization under the name "Taiwan." He also said that over half of the members of the Legislative Yuan have put their names to a bill calling for the government to seek membership in the organization rather than only observer status. Presidential Secretary-General Chiou said that efforts over the years to obtain entry into the WHO have failed due to pressure exhibited by China. He said the government feels that adding another approach, namely the personal letter by President Chen to the WTO director-general expressing Taiwan's request to become a formal member of the WHO using the name "Taiwan," will be of use in conjunction with the other efforts.

Meanwhile, Presidential Secretary-General Chiou expressed his deepest appreciation on behalf of President Chen and the 23 million residents of Taiwan to Taiwan's diplomatic allies and friends in the international community that have provided support for Taiwan in its efforts to obtain entry into the WHO.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you people please get some professional help with this blog? The word Taiwan is not in the title? Why not? It has no tags or links to tagging systems. The pictures on the header and sidebar have nothing to do with Taiwan. The topic is too tightly focused and far more information, as well as links to other Taiwan blogs in English and Chinese is necessary. You should also get an account at sitemeter or some other metering service so that you can track your clientele and tailor information to their needs.

And that's just the minimum. If you want readers, you need to post both pictures and text, and it needs to be done almost every day.

Anonymous said...

I saw someone make suggestions for your site:
http://michaelturton.blogspot.com/2007/04/taiwan-who-blog-ugh.html

UN should be spelled UN or U.N.

Good idea for a blog though.

Mendoza said...

I am from Nicaragua. It is a good idea that Taiwan participates like member of the World-wide Organization of the Health.

This will allow that they share their technical advances in the health.

Rolando Mendoza

Mendoza said...

I am from Nicaragua. It is a good idea that Taiwan participates like member of the World-wide Organization of the Health.

This will allow that they share their technical advances in the health.

Rolando Mendoza

mauricio said...

I consider that Taiwan has all the necessary one to be a good member of the WHO, in addition gentlemen is necessary to unite all the forces necessary to fight the diseases in the world, after all each idea is valuable to find one cures. Greetings from Nicaragua

Anonymous said...

I am Nicaraguan, and I consider Taiwan must belong to WHO, as a country have reached the parameters to be included in the organization. Besides we know that it takes part in helping countries that needs medications, operations and orientations which guides the people to have a better help. Taiwan has the scientific development to offer to human beings a good welfare.
LACD

James Buu said...

I would recommend a blog article written by Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform. It is a quite objective and balanced one. According to him, China is the only factor why major countries in international society exclude Taiwan from many international bodies, such as the World Health Organisation.

http://centreforeuropeanreform.blogspot.com/2007/04/eu-us-and-taiwan-by-charles-grant.html

Also, a global petition “Say Yes to Taiwan's Bid to WHO” is appearing in the GoPetition.com website. I would recommend everyone to login and click “Yes.” The more voices, the more pressure to China.

www.gopetition.com/petitions/say-yes-to-taiwan-s-bid-to-who.html

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