The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) calls on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to invite Taiwan to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer, and to include Taiwan in all WHO meetings, mechanisms, and activities.
When it comes to the issue of global health, no country should be excluded or left behind, particularly if they have a contribution to make to bolster global efforts to safeguard public health. Taiwan is a dedicated proponent of ‘Health for All’, and has, time and again, stepped up to offer its support in the form of expertise and resources, to international partners.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Taiwan demonstrated its commitment to sharing its know-how and successful pandemic response methods with other countries through bilateral and multilateral platforms. More recently, in response to the health emergencies in Ukraine, the people and government of Taiwan have donated tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of tons of medical and humanitarian relief supplies to Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
Next month, countries from across the world will again gather to attend the annual WHA. This 76th Assembly is to be hosted in Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 31 May. The IFP reiterates its appeal for Taiwan to be invited to participate as an observer. Taiwan’s participation is a pragmatic issue—not a political one. Taiwan has proven itself willing and able to share its health-related expertise and innovations for the greater good.
Further, the IFP echoes Taiwan’s calls for the WHO to maintain a professional and neutral stance, resist inappropriate political interference, invite Taiwan to the WHA as an observer, and to include Taiwan in all WHO meetings, mechanisms, and activities.
Hon. Narend Singh MP
IFP Chief Whip in Parliament
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