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Published On: Wed, Sep 13th, 2017

Taiwan pushes for inclusion in United Nations system

nsnbc : Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a multi-channel campaign to publicly express the desire of 23 million Taiwanese people to be included in the United Nations system.

Taiwan_MoFA_2017Taiwan walked an elephant right into Beijing’s “one China fits everybody” porcelain shop when Taipei, on September 11, launched the very public campaign to draw awareness to the fact that the people of Taiwan – and the current Taiwanese government – urgently want an international debate abut the “one-China” policy imposed by the People’s Republic of China, and a debate about Taiwan’s wish to be included in the UN system.

The multichannel initiative urges the world body to include Taiwan in its funds, programs and specialized agencies, lift restrictions on Republic of China (ROC / Taiwan) nationals entering U.N. facilities and taking part in meetings and tours, and invite Taiwan to attend activities and mechanisms related to Sustainable Development Goals. Its timing coincides with the commencement the next day of the 72nd U.N. General Assembly in New York City and Sept. 19-25 general debate.

Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Paul Wen-liang Chang said the campaign is based upon the government’s steadfast diplomacy, reflects public expectations and is the result of a careful review of all relevant factors. Taiwan is ready and willing to interact and collaborate with all countries and territories so as to assist in safeguarding regional peace, strengthening economic development and achieving the SDGs, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Oh no, did Paul Wen-liang Chang really walk an elephant into Beijing's "one China fits everybody" porcelain store?

Oh no, did Paul Wen-liang Chang really walk an elephant into Beijing’s “one China fits everybody” porcelain store?

Part of the initiative involves MoFA Minister David Tawei Lee penning an op-ed that was well-received by the foreign media and the ministry releasing the visually stunning short “Taiwan: A Partner for a Better World,” which showcases Taiwan’s efforts to reach the 17 U.N. SDGs by 2030. In addition, Environmental Protection Administration Minister Lee Ying-yuan will visit New York for the release of the country’s first SDGs Voluntary National Review, as well as lead an international seminar and forum with young Taiwan expatriates organized by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

Some of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies are supporting the campaign. A number of the countries’ permanent representatives to the United Nations will sign a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres explaining Taiwan’s position. Several UN envoys are expected to voice their support during the general debate.

A/N – 13.09.2017

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