Allies support Taiwan’s participation in U.N. activities

Two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies spoke in favor of Taiwan taking part in United Nations activities at the world body's week-long General Debate that opened Tuesday.

President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay, Taiwan's sole diplomatic partner in South America, urged the U.N. in a speech to include Taiwan as one of its members.

"My country backs Taiwan's legitimate solicitation to be included in the U.N. system, because we think that it can contribute a lot to the organization, based on its principle of universal values," Abdo said.

Hilda Heine, president of the Marshall Islands, also spoke for Taiwan's meaningful participation at the U.N. Stressing that her country supports the recognition of Taiwan's meaningful participation within the U.N. system, including programs and agencies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, World Health Organization and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Heine said "the people of Taiwan deserve equal treatment, and the U.N. should resolve the serious issue of Taiwan's 23 million people being excluded from the U.N. system -- an issue we believe is not addressed in U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2758.

Taiwan has been implementing the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has released a voluntary national review. It has the capacity to contribute to a wide range of U.N. programs relevant to global progress, she said.

"Diseases like tuberculosis know no boundaries, and Taiwan has brought it's policy framework into line with global efforts. Taiwan has served as a primary partner for my own nation in addressing non-communicable diseases, which are now at crisis levels. Blocking Taiwan's participation does not benefit global human welfare," she noted.

"I must also emphasize that the role of Taiwan as a key stakeholder, and its determination to contribute to global affairs, should be better recognized," she urged.

"I call on the international community to support Taiwan's efforts as an advocate of regional and global stability, peace and dialogue, including cross-Taiwan Strait relations," she said.

"The U.N. should afford greater commitment to ensuring Taiwan's fundamental right to participate in mechanisms, meetings and activities of U.N. specialized agencies, and Taiwan should be recognized for its strong contribution in working with us and others toward SDGs."

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel