13 allies speak in favor of Taiwan at UN General Assembly

Thirteen countries have spoken out on behalf of Taiwan at the 71st United Nations General Assembly. This year's general debate ended on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York, local time.

Taiwan does not have a seat in the United Nations, due to opposition from China, which sees Taiwan as part of its territory. That has prevented Taiwan from participating in many international organizations which require statehood and UN membership in order for a country to play a role.

The countries speaking out on Taiwan's behalf include: Nauru, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Paraguay, Haiti, Nicaragua, the Solomon Islands, Saint Vincent, Tuvalu, Swaziland, St Kitts and Nevis, Belize and Palau.

Taiwan has been pushing for its meaningful participation in international organizations under the UN framework since 2008, when former President Ma Ying-jeou was in power. However, the number of countries that were supportive of Taiwan at the UN at the just-concluded assembly was the fewest in recent years, due to changes to cross-strait ties. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, 18 of Taiwan's allies voiced support for Taiwan.

Palau's ambassador to the UN, Caleb Otto, called for Taiwan's inclusion in the Paris Agreement and in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The two UN projects are aimed at ensuring a sustainable future for the global community.

Otto also thanked Taiwan, the United States, Japan and Australia, for offering assistance in the areas of climate change and ocean conservation.

Source: Radio Taiwan International