Tai­wan broad­ens cam­paign for UN par­tic­i­pa­tion

Manila Times - - Expats & Diplomats -

THE 73rd ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly ( UNGA) will con­vene on Septem­ber 18 at UN head­quar­ters as its Gen­eral De­bate is sched­uled from Septem­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 1. In or­der to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the 23 mil­lion Tai­wanese peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in the UN sys­tem, the gov­ern­ment of Tai­wan has de­cided to con­tinue UN re­lated cam­paigns.

This year, Tai­wan has de­cided to cam­paign its par­tic­i­pa­tion through “Tai­wan, a Vi­tal Global Part­ner in the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals ( SDGs).” This echoes the theme of the 73rd ses­sion of the UNGA Gen­eral De­bate, “Mak­ing the United Na­tions rel­e­vant to all peo­ple: Global lead­er­ship and shared re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for peace­ful, eq­ui­table, and sus­tain­able so­ci­eties.” In this re­gard, Tai­wan is call­ing on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to rec­og­nize its de­ter­mi­na­tion to con­trib­ute to re­gional and global af­fairs.

In ad­di­tion to re­quest­ing its diplo­matic al­lies to speak up at the UNGA Gen­eral De­bate, Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment has so­licited al­lies’ Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the UN to write to UN Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral An­tónio Guter­res, urg­ing him to re­solve the long- pend­ing is­sue of the ex­clu­sion of Tai­wan’s 23 mil­lion peo­ple from the UN sys­tem in ac­cor­dance with the spirit of the UN Char­ter and up­hold­ing the prin­ci­ples of fair­ness and jus­tice.

This year, the main ap­peals of Tai­wan’s UN bid are as fol­lows: that the peo­ple of Tai­wan should be treated equally to those of other na­tions and that UN should re­solve the se­ri­ous is­sue of Tai­wan’s 23 mil­lion peo­ple be­ing ex­cluded from the UN sys­tem; that Tai­wan pass­port hold­ers and jour­nal­ists should be granted un­fet­tered ac­cess to the UN premises; and

well-be­ing of all hu­mankind and Tai­wan should not be left be­hind.

To help the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Tai­wan’s ap­peals, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu will au­thor an op- ed, and the Min­istry will pro­duce a se­ries of short videos about its im­ple­men­ta­tion of SDGs ad­dress­ing Tai­wan’s ful­fill­ments in the ar­eas of clean en­ergy, uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age and the cir­cu­lar econ­omy.

The gov­ern­ment will also host a se­ries of events on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in New York City dur­ing the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly to demon­strate that Tai­wan places great im­por­tance on achiev­ing the SDGs. Th­ese events can help deepen the un­der­stand­ing of the UN com­mu­nity about Tai­wan’s rel­e­vant ef­fort.

Tai­wan’s civil so­ci­ety and over­seas com­pa­triot com­mu­ni­ties will hold cre­ative and lively events at the same time to ex­press a clear mes­sage to the UN, that the Tai­wanese are will­ing and able to im­ple­ment the SDGs in con­junc­tion with the rest of the world.

Tai­wan gov­ern­ment thanked its diplo­matic al­lies and friendly na­tions for sup­port­ing and as­sist­ing Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UN sys­tem. It also calls upon the United Na­tions to rec­og­nize Tai­wan’s will­ing­ness and de­ter­mi­na­tion to make con­tri­bu­tions to the world and the re­gion. Tai­wan urges the UN to re­spond pos­i­tively to its ap­peals, and wel­come its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UN sys­tem in line with the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity and rec­i­proc­ity, in or­der to safe­guard UN ideals and well- be­ing of hu­mankind.

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