The staunch support of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nov. 3.
The MOFA’s remarks came in response to a statement issued Nov. 2 by IPAC calling on the WHO to accept Taiwan’s inclusion in the upcoming World Health Assembly, the latter’s decision-making body.
In the statement, IPAC lauded Taiwan’s COVID-19 management as a successful model for others to follow, citing the country’s continuous low case numbers and deaths.
Taiwan recently marked 200 days without a single case of domestic infection, the statement said, adding that the resulting low impact on the economy and people’s daily life is desired by governments and citizens everywhere.
World leaders have praised Taiwan for its willingness to donate critical medical supplies and technologies to countries in need, and the global community needs the expertise Taiwan has developed to manage spread of the virus, the statement added.
IPAC called on WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who previously stated that no one is safe until everyone is safe, to abide by his own words with regard to Taiwan. The world cannot afford to exclude Taiwan as it unites to defeat the pandemic, the statement concluded.
Established in June 2020, IPAC is made up of 175 legislators from 18 democratic countries and the EU. It seeks to deepen collaboration between members on issues related to China such as safeguarding international rules based order, upholding human rights, promoting fair trade, strengthening security and protecting national integrity. (SFC-E)