started this petition to
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO
Petition to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
While since 2009, Taiwan has been invited by the WHO to participate as an observer to its World Health Assembly (WHA). In 2017, without discussion and decision of any Member State of the Organization, and any legal basis, Taiwan was not invited to attend the WHA and was then not included in this important global meeting.
Given that today Taiwanese authorities haven’t received yet an invitation to attend the 71st WHA that will take place in Geneva from 21 to 26 May 2018, a growing number of citizens in Taiwan and worldwide are concerned by such situation and fear that Taiwan will be once again not invited.
Such situation is really incomprehensible because:
- excluding 23.5 millions of people living in Taiwan is against the principles of WHO, namely “Health for All” and the “Right to Health”.
- while communicable diseases such as Ebola, avian flu, Zika and many others do not respect borders, not including Taiwan in the discussions and mechanisms to fight such virus represents a global health risk for everybody
- as the 21st economic power in the world as well as a country recognized for the quality and the access levels of its health system, Taiwan is able to bring and share her experience and expertise to support actively WHO and its Member States to achieve health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Taiwan which has an enduring challenges to deal with air pollution, shared by many of her neighboring countries, would streghten its capacity to deal with such transnational health issue if Taiwanese authorities were able to participate to the crucial discussion on a ‘Comprehensive global strategy on health, environment and climate change’ that will take place during the coming WHA.
Complementary to the petitions sent to the WHO early April 2018 by numerous Member States and regional organizations asking for Taiwan’s participation to the 71st WHA, this international petition calls on the WHO not to waste any time to invite Taiwan to attend the 71st WHA because an international organization that promotes “Health for All”– as its main goal cannot deliberately exclude 23.5 million people from global health governance.
As the former Health minister who fought against health inequalities in Ethiopia, Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Board, and since May 2017, Director-General of WHO, we are convinced that combatting health injustices remain today a cornerstone of your mission.
This conviction leads us to think that, under your direction, WHO will restore health justice and invite Taiwan to attend the 71st WHA.